Yes, it really should…

by Janice

Our Father - My Very First Bible StoriesI bought my son this book the other day after my friend recommended it to me. Although it is a “board book” and my son is well beyond those, it had a great message. So I thought I would use it with him for a bit and then pass it on to Julia.

I have to admit – it wasn’t an instant hit. I bought it imagining his enthusiasm as he crawled into my lap and we got deep into the message of the Lord’s Prayer. (Some of his favorite books have been “God books” as he calls them.)

Not this time. He gave it one quick look and passed it over for Clifford or something more marketable like that.

But I was not giving up. First of all, passing on a strong faith to my son is my biggest priority and second – I just bought it – NEW! That means – full price. Ok – it was not expensive at all – it is a board book for goodness sakes, but still.

So I did not give up. We read it at prayer time for the next few nights. Then one night we came home late from Susan’s house. I told him it was too late for stories and he needed to go right to sleep.

Well my brilliant little man looked up at me and said in his most innocent sounding voice, I swear his eyelashes did a few flutters too, “But we need to read my prayer book…”

I paused. I knew I should say, “Not tonight honey – we will just do your prayers now and then read it in the morning.” But instead I gave in. “Ok – just your prayer book.” And we snuggled up to read the story.

Not distracted by his other books, Jackson settled in and really concentrated on the story. He was thoroughly engaged, asking me questions and dialoguing about God.

It was a wonderful devotion time.

Then, he delivered his review – in the frame of reference of a child – “This should be a TV show.”

“Yes Jackson,” I replied, “It really should.”

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A Group Blog for Christian MomsIt’s my turn today! Come visit my post Like A Child… over at Faith Lifts.

I share about what I said when Jackson asked me, “What is faith, Mommy?”



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1 Christina September 23, 2006 at 4:09 am

Good idea to stick with it. Some things just take a little time. Glad to hear he seems to like this book now.

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2 Chaotic Mom September 23, 2006 at 9:12 am

I’ve been looking for some easy books for my youngest son, to help give him some “God-language”. This whole series looks like a good place to start. I like the bright colors, and we love board books in our house. ;)

THANKS FOR SHARING!

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3 Susanne September 23, 2006 at 12:18 pm

That boy of yours is adorable! And how can you deny them when they request to do a “God” thing? :v)

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4 Carey September 23, 2006 at 12:50 pm

How wonderful he enjoys it so…he just needed his prayer time. Im glad he likes the book.

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5 Tammy and Parker September 23, 2006 at 3:40 pm

This looks like a great book. I’ll have to check it out. We try and have family prayer each night before the kids go to bed. Then on Mondays we have Family Night. It is hard sometimes to have a devotional that the older kids aren’t bored with and the younger kids are totally clueless with. But books might help bridget the gap some. I could even let the older kids read the books with the younger kids………hhhmmmmm……

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6 Ruth September 24, 2006 at 4:56 pm

aww! so sweet. no wonder Jesus said we should become like children!

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7 flipflopmamma September 24, 2006 at 10:58 pm

oh, I’m soo glad he got interested in the book. I could never get my daughter interested in Veggie Tales. I don’t know why. I LOVED THEM!! But not her. I did however find the Prairie Dogs video’s and she loves those, and they have wonderful christian messages.

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