Friday, September 4, 2009

Every Little Thing

Have you ever watched your kids or someone else's make a face or say something that was exactly like their parents? It's not always a good thing, but it is usually funny!

Like the other day--our family was just hanging out around the house, windows thrown open, cool air creeping in. I was in the hallway folding laundry while Keagan and his daddy were in the living room. I love this stage Keagan is in (minus the tantrums, of course!) where he can entertain himself and, if there's no music, improvise with his own.

Quietly and with the sweetest voice he can find, he sings:
"Sing, sing, sing...and make mukis with the hebens. [jumbled Keagan talk here] Sing sing sing..."

My husband and I immediately look at each other and share our bewilderment/amazement/proud parent moment. Keagan is snapped out of his little world of Chris Tomlin lyrics by our laughter and noises of pure joy! He grins and knows that something wonderful has happened.

And it has.

That evening, we had to play the song over and over because he asked to "Sing sing sing." When the song gets to the line, "...lift high the name of Jesus," my heart just melts to hear our 3 year old sing about Him--to say His name.

I would rather hear a 3 year old say the name Jesus than anyone else. Wouldn't you? There's something so rich and beautiful about it.

And this must be why Jesus Himself said, "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).

The truth is, my husband and I didn't realize he listens so much to what music we play (excuse me, 'mukis'). But children are soaking up every little look, every little word, every little attitude.

Every little thing.

Lord, help us to put more of YOU into our children, so that YOU will seep from their lives, their words, their hearts.

Peace of Christ to you,


  1. I agree, kids are like sponges. It's our choice what to let them soak up. It is just an eye opener when we see the results of what soaked in when they are still so young. You are obviously doing a really good job!

  2. I am going to pray this prayer tonight. Sometimes I just love how my kids will immitate something so cute they see us do, but sometimes I know where they got that tone, or talking back. Praying for God's grace daily as we point them to the cross.