My 2 oldest granddaughters came to visit us last weekend. Saturday afternoon I took the youngest one with me (7) and the oldest (9) stayed with her granddaddy. She likes helping in the kitchen and they were cutting up vegetables. Of course the Justice store for girls was right next to my store and is the kids favorite store, so we just had to go in there , Mimi!! I was told! Lucky for me, there was a huge sale going on and also lucky for me I had learned to check through my phone to see if there were any online coupons! There were! I scored 40% off of the total purchase which was already 40% off! Yes, I have to be cheap. I have to be a good steward this time around. This coming week is the older one’s 10th birthday and for the first time in a long time, I was able to take her to the store and let her pick out what she wanted and what fit. The girls although close in age, are not at all the same when it comes to taste in clothes. Nor do they fit them or wear them the same!
We were on our way home when the young one says “Mimi, you talk about God too much” then she added that her sister thought so too. I asked her why she thought that. She said we just weren’t talking about regular things–I asked what regular things-so she thought about that a minute because it’s school, ballet, playdates, I need this or that! She laughed and said yes. and said, I guess we wouldn’t talking about stuff like me and my parents talk about everyday; and of course, I agreed with her. Then she turned the tables on me, and asked me about who made the rainbow. By then we had arrived home, as we got out of the car, I asked her to look at the front yard and then up in the sky and tell me all that she saw. Of course she saw all of God’s creation. Then I said to her to come on in the house, we’d get her sister and the Big Bible with pictures and talk over why I love to talk about God so much.
That was exactly what we did. First I explained that although they hadn’t known that I had been very, very sick in the last 2 years, I was. And that just the day before they came, I had gotten out of the hospital again and yes, it was serious but God wasn’t ready for me to come to heaven yet…Like my parents …they remembered their deaths over 3 yrs ago. So first of all I am thankful to God that I am able to be here with you. But the most important reason that I talk about Jesus is because I love Him so much for His sacrifice for me–then we had to talk about what a sacrifice was. They got that. Then we opened the Bible to answer the question about the rainbow. So I read the whole story and of course there were a million questions, but then there are lots of other pictures in that Bible and they wanted the story on each one of them.. When we finished, I asked now do you understand why I talk about God or Jesus so much? Yes, now they understood . They would understand by some of my questions of them too.
The Bible has a lot to say about teaching our children. I know we can not cram it down their throats like little birds, but sometimes I wish it were so. It would certainly save a lot of heartache if one really learned the important lessons when they are young. This is the scripture that reminds how often I am to speak of the Lord to my children and their children. Deuteronomy 11:18-19 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and mind; Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. All the time it seems I am to be talking about my LORD GOD to my children and their children. Jesus made that command even greater by opening up the world as brother and sister in Christ are united, then we must teach those children too.