Friday, January 16, 2009

Praying Over Legos















Yesterday I was in the other room attempting, unsuccessfully, both to read and to ignore the noise of strife that was coming from the other room. I hoped for a minute that maybe if I ignored the girls, they would settle their differences by themselves in a godly, albeit childish, manner. That did not happen. Somehow the noise has a way of finding Mom, and in short order I had a crying child at my elbow. 




Elisabeth had made, in the builder's own words, a little "rickety" Lego house for Emily.  (The above photos do not show this house.) It was actually only a model slum home, a sample of what little sisters should build when the competition has taken all the good pieces for herself.    But Emily didn't care that it was a rickety slum home.  She was thrilled to have something designed by her, ahem, generous older sister. ...We all know how well Legos stay together in the hands of a five-year-old, right? So you know what happened next.  The rickety house fell apart, in a zillion maybe twenty pieces.  (The good ones were all taken, remember?) The horrified new homeowner insisted that the builder rebuild the slum house, but the builder had not guaranteed her work and was not interested in doing any more building.  Thus an emotional verbal brawl ensued, and was shortly moved to Mom's courtroom.

For the time being I ignored Elisabeth, the defendant and cheap contractor, and concentrated instead on Emily, the plaintiff.  I asked her if she had asked Jesus to help her rebuild the house.  No, she hadn't. (Big pouty face.)  She complained that the Legos never stay together when she tries to build something.  I asked her if she had asked Jesus to help her keep the pieces together.  No, she had not done that, either.  I asked her if she remembered this verse: "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me."  Yes, she remembered that one.  I asked her if God keeps his word.  Yes.  Did she think maybe she  should pray and ask Jesus to keep the pieces together while she rebuilt the house?   She agreed, "Will you pray with me, Mom?"

So that is how I came to be praying over Legos yesterday.  I thank the Lord for honoring my prayers on behalf of my little girl, who was then successful in her efforts.  Emily is learning more and more to run to the Lord with her troubles, and she is realizing that God is very real.

Now if I could just learn to practice the things I am trying to teach her... isn't that just the hardest thing about parenting??


6 comments:

  1. Hi Sally! I would say you did a wonderful job handling the little domestic dispute, LoL! Move over Judge Judy.

    We would love to collect the little acorns for you and get them to you. What a fun activity for the kids and I!

    Absolutely no way would you pay me, we would be so blessed to know that one of my blog friends was being blessed :-). E-mail me the details and we will start collecting immediately...how neat!

    BTW, I had to have a c-section with Aubrey as I'm only 5'3. I was quite a sight as I also gained 60 pounds with her. Hmm, that may be a funny post.

    Blessings, Julie

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  2. Excellent, and what an in-the-moment time to teach about God's faithfulness to those that believe. If she can run to Him at 5 with Lego trouble, imagine her faith at 25, 35, 55...


    We read the story of George Muller (I can't get the two dots over the u, but it's pronounced like Mueller), who trusted God for things instead of asking people to meet His needs. May God continually prune us gently through every means possible.


    Thanks for sharing, and God bless you, Sally.

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  3. That's a very sweet story. I notice that my kids are much more faithful and trusting than I am. Must be something about being a grown up that makes us question things. And, of course, we need to cut ourselves just a little slack. Most of us went to public institutions where our faith was mocked, and many of us grew up in non-Christian homes. I grew up in a church that had an interesting interpretation of scripture. I was studying Phillipians this week and realized it takes a long time for that false teaching to get out of our heads. The Lord will be faithful, though, to complete the work that He has started in us.


    God Bless. Have a good weekend. I hope your weather is as good there as it is here. :-)

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  4. What an adorable post. That is so good how you were able to take a Bible verse/teaching and to weave it into her world.

    Antoinette

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  5. Way to go, Sally. God is good to give us the vision He has for teaching our kids. Sometimes I open my mouth and just know it's God moving it cause I know I'm just not that wise. :-)

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  6. Haha - love the story and the spiritual application. I remember how frustrating Legos could be when the girls were little. Glad the story ended well and that Em could see matters of prayer and faith in such a tangable way - way to go mama!


    Oh good, I see you found someone else to find you acorns - sorry I forgot to get back to you about it. Yes, I don't think we would be able to find any until perhaps May or next fall.

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