a praise of the best sort.
We've been talking about it for some time with him, in a no pressure, whenever you feel like it's time, kind of way. We've had long talks about Heaven and Jesus and sin and forgiveness. I've loved that his relationship with Jesus has sprung up organically, influenced by his surroundings and family and the way we live our life.
In the last few weeks we changed our Bible routines to better suit Moses' older age...
In case you are curious or are wondering where to start:
(not saying we are any sort of authority or anything but this is what has worked for us)
Since Moses was tiny we have read "Blessings every day" with him.
It's a short story, a Bible verse and a little prayer we would have him repeat, daily.
I think we started between one and 18 months and read that up until a few weeks ago.
We will still read this one to Aaron but have changed our routine so that at night, before bed, Moses has a one on one devotional time with Doug every night.
Doug and Moses read "Little visits with God" . Each day has a story with a moral, a scripture, a questions and answer section and a prayer. I think it's important for Moses and Doug to have this time together for so many reasons...I think it builds their relationship with each other and their own relationships with God, too. It's a good time for father and son.
And then, the same time we switched devotionals, we also started reading Bible stories during breakfast time from "The Beginners Bible". We read a story or two and I answer questions that the boys (mostly Moses at this point) have. This has just become a precious time and I love that the boys will remind me if I forget.
The point of all this? At least for me...is to educate and foundation build for my boys. To educate them about God and all of His wonderful awesomeness. And to build a strong foundation that they will continue to build on for the rest of their lives. My one consistent prayer for my boys has always been that their steps would always take them closer to Jesus and never further away...and these are the steps that I can help with.
You see, I was saved at 18 and knew NOTHING of the Bible. Nothing. I mean go into a book store, go into a section that you would never buy from, pick up a random book and tell me everything you can about it. THAT is how little I knew. I did not know all the Bible stories that you grow up hearing year in and year out...I didn't know the songs that sang His praise...I didn't know of Noah or Moses or David or anything else. I spent my first few years of my saved life learning the (very) basics. Not that that is bad...but I have always felt a little behind and it was tough going to catch up (in a way) to my peers.
And I am doing my very best to soak these sponges I call my kids with the word of God. I want them, by 18, to know the Bible inside and out and for God's word to become their conscience. I want our lives spent serving Him in love to be so desirous to them that their hearts bend in the same direction.
And Moses' own independent choice last night makes me feel like we are heading in the right, beautiful direction.
Yay, Jesus! Yay, Moses!