As a believer and Christ follower, it is so important to me that Ford doesn't just know about Jesus. I want him to know Jesus. Personally, in his heart, and as a teacher, friend, brother, confidant, and savior. Since 1 year olds aren't known to be the best listeners and rule followers, we have to get creative with how we teach him about Jesus. We decided that from the day he was born, we wanted to immerse Ford in the word and share the gospel with him! It would be so easy to say, "let's wait until he can listen and actually understand what we are saying" but kids are a lot smarter than you think. Ford now clasps his hands together to pray with us before dinner. Melt.
Ford is very into books right now and can usually last through about 5 pages before closing it and crawling onto the next thing. We've been reading The Treasury of Bible Stories by Kelly Pulley to him in the mornings and he loves it! The book is made up of 20 beautifully illustrated stories of the bible (based on certain chapters and parables). Each story is just a few pages long and Ford is entranced by the pictures and colors....and mommy's fine singing voice. The stories rhyme which is fun because I like to sing stories to him for added laughs.
One of my nightly prayers for Ford is that he is kind and loving. I want my son to care for the widow and orphans and stand up for the little guy. I want him to love others because Jesus loved us first. It's important that Ford sees stories in the bible where brave, powerful, and courageous people still needed God. I want Ford to know God is so much bigger than giants, whales, and lions. And that God is so much bigger than the devil. I want Ford to know the power and the beauty of the cross and want to live in community with other believers. I want so much for my little boy but there is only so much I can do as his earthly mother. Praise God that He is our creator, Father, and ultimate protector. I know it is not my job to save my son but I sure do enjoy teaching him about the love of Jesus Christ.
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