"Enjoy the little things in life ~ one day you'll wake up and realize they were the big things"

Friday, December 11, 2009

Anna Banana!

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14). We had the joy of gathering around a particularly adorable Anna girl earlier this week and praying with her while she asked Jesus to live in her heart. Last December we shared a similar sweet moment with Samuel . . . prompted by the decorating of Christmas sugar cookies (hearts and crosses and angels and such). For Anna, it was the Christmas decorations that began the discussion (she keeps taking baby Jesus out of our nativity sets and carrying Him around the house with her!). The other kids were very excited for her and sang the "Yeay Anna" song afterward. At Emily's prompting, we followed it up with "Happy Birthday"!

2 Cor 5:17 is a favorite verse at our house, it says that "if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come". There is debate among Christians about how old a child/person needs to be to make that decision for themselves (in order for it to be genuine). It took us (Kevin and I) until the college years to figure out the truth and reality of that mysterious, yet simple, concept. For our kids, it seems to be around age three and a half or four. Daniel was barely three years old, but he remembers the moment well several years later (and he's always been a little ahead of himself anyway!). Whatever the case, the somewhat tattered and worn nativity sets that adorn various corners of our home, have just become a little bit more special to us!