Jul 3, 2013 - Family Matters    8 Comments

FROM OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES

Wade Girls

This week I have such a wonderful insight into God’s word to share, I’ll be sharing it in two posts.

PART I

Even as I write this my eyes want to tear up, but I must share this precious story.

Here’s the background …
My wife and I purchased two Kindles Fires for our daughters, Emma Grace and Ella, as gifts for them to enjoy while we travel on business during the summer. I know what you’re thinking – Kindles for an eight and six year old, really! Are you serious?

We thought that too; especially since the girls’ behavior can be a tad challenging not to mention the drama! But we had hoped the Kindles would “light a fire under them” when it came to practicing their school work all summer long. Our plan was for them to earn playtime on it once they had done their school work.

We arrived in Columbus, OH on our first business trip and I couldn’t wait to give them “their surprise.” My wife wanted to talk to them about it first but I just couldn’t wait. So while at the hotel breakfast on the first day, when my wife was working, I broke out the Kindles. The girls were beside themselves with excitement.

Out of the mouths of babes …
While walking around the Easton Shopping Area in Columbus, Ohio my wife,Amy, told me about a conversation she had with our eight year old daughter, Emma Grace. Amy said she had been so impressed with how Emma Grace had been behaving that she had to ask Emma Grace what was so different. Here’s what Emma Grace said:
When daddy first brought out the Kindle I thought it was for me and Ella to share so I was glad about the Kindle but not so glad about having to share it with Ella. Then, I saw him bring out a second one. When he handed it to me I just couldn’t believe you guys got me a Kindle … MY OWN Kindle! And I kept thinking about it, how I didn’t deserve it, but you still bought it for me … I just had to change my behavior … I wanted to change my behavior. I mean you got me MY OWN Kindle!

We thought Emma Grace might shape up her behavior to “earn” time on the Kindle. It never occurred to us that she would change her behavior simply because she reflected on how good it is to receive something you don’t deserve.

Jesus showed us once again, first hand, how His mercies are fresh every morning. And, the praises of His mercies can come from a babe like my eldest daughter. How perfect for us to see through the eyes of of a babe, Jesus’s love towards the undeserving. God did the same thing in that He gave the world what it did not deserve; His only Son Jesus. God’s word says, God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

All to often we have ears but do not hear and eyes but do not see. My little Emma Grace chose to see that day. And by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit she realized her need and had a desire to make a change in her behavior. Maybe she did the math and realized that more often then not she received far more then she ever deserves. The fact is, what she said moved her parents to once again see The Lord moving in their midst.

Look for PART II of Out of the Mouth of Babes on Friday …

8 Comments

  • I am loving your blog. GOD is using you!
    Paul

    Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more then all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever amen. Ephesians 3 :20 -21

  • I thank God for our children. They are such great teachers in showing us truth about God and ourselves.

    • I could not agree with you more. Thank you for taking the time to share.

  • I enjoyed every bit of this. First of all I think you are a terrific writer, a testimony to the God who empowers you. I was kept from raising my children so I hurt at this wonderful commentary on God working in a child’s life. I am so happy that you can enjoy the great blessings of seeing Jesus reach into their little minds and display Himself there. Don’t ever take this for granted, as sometimes Christians and Parents do. Just continue to hold them up in prayer, thanking God over and over for them. They are only young for a moment and then they are off making their own families, and decisions for better or worse. Continue the wonderful writing Billy. You are such a blessing to me and to all who know you. If there is anything I can do for you let me know but I will continue to hold up you and your family in the Lord. Love you brother, Bob.

    • Bob thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on my blog. Jesus is blessing me with this gift to be able to share with others and encourage all who are in need of God’s word. My wife reminded me that you are a writer and what a nice compliment to receive from you on my writing. Yes! It is a gift from The Lord. Amen

  • I am really enjoying your blog!

    • Thanks Sandy, it has been a joy writing this blog and a labor of love. 🙂

  • I’m loving this blog..it is so personal

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