Thursday, July 07, 2011


The other night as I was taking the kids to the beach, an interesting conversation developed in the back of the van.

Seems that driving often affords those times of contemplation and serious discussion that eludes us at other moments of the day.

This one began with Braeden and Olivia getting on the topic (somehow?) of Satan and God.

They were talking of how Satan betrayed God,
and how horrible and wrong that was.

Then they began discussing how wrong it is for others to disobey and go against God.

I gently joined the conversation at this point and shared how even WE go against God.

Their eyes got big and they asked "How?" "When?"

And I explained that whenever we sin:
whether we are mean to a family member,
disrespectful to our mom,
if we lie,
if we hurt others,
if we don't listen to what is right,
we ARE going against God.

They were dumbfounded as they soaked in this truth.

I love watching my children, especially Olivia as she is getting older,
"try out" new ideas, and discover them for herself.

Though she's getting too big for many "younger child" ideas and games,
she is growing so very much and learning every day.

Through this discussion, Olivia talked of making a list
to remind herself to stop and think
each time she is angry.
Each time she wants to respond to something in anger.
She tends to "forget" many many things,
daily, mundane, routine, things,
she processes differently and doesn't remember many things
that were said and then reacts as if I'm "out to get her" at times.
We are working on this.

And I was proud of her role in this discussion
and her learning curve regarding God and her world.

Love car conversations!


Michelle said...

Isnt it amazing watching childrens face as concepts "click into place"? I love watching my daughter as she discovers something and tries to understand.

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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