Kids' Question of the Month – April (with Video!)
When our children were little, my husband and I were invincible to them. There wasn't anything we couldn't do. Intricate hair braiding, face painting, pumpkin carving, advanced train track configurations, lemonade stand and Lego kit building are just a few skills on our parenting résumé. We felt confident in our abilities to keep them safe and warm, bellies full, kissing away fears and boo-boos.
Until that day. The day when one of them scraped a knee or something and I swooped in puckered up and ready, only to be bluntly told, "Thanks Mommy, but your kisses don't work. I need a band-aid, please!"
Ka-pow! I'd been dethroned and replaced by a SpongeBob band-aid.
As much as that moment stung — and many more to follow — the transfer process of our roles as parents over them to trusting more in God's care and love for them is a beautiful one, for both child and parent. It begins by telling them that you don't always know the answers and that you can't fix everything, but God can.
Tell them He loves them even more than you do, and show them how to hand over small problems to a big God. Let them see and know you do the same for the family's situations. When they see God show up and work out the little stuff in our lives, they grow to trust Him for the big stuff when they're older.
They hear the same message from their teachers in church. This month, they asked the kids, "How do you know God loves you?" and here's what they shared.
Joshua C. (12, Hollywood, FL): When you pray, He answers you. If you break a bone, He will heal you, or may stop something from happening to you. When you pray for God to help you for a test in school, He will help you to focus.
Robby P. (9, Lakeside, AZ) Because he heals me.
Farrah B. (8, Lakeside, AZ) By talking to me when I pray and sometimes when I dream.
Zandell B. (7, Lakeside, AZ) Because when we are hurt, He helps us.
Dylan P. (7, Lakeside, AZ) Because He is my Father and because He loves everyone in the world.
And we've got a special treat — you get to see and hear the kids from the Monongahela Branch answer the question on video!
If the video above doesn't display — for you email readers — click here to watch it online.
Thanks to all the kids and teachers who participated in answering this month's question!
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