Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Happy Day

September 9, 2014
I want to remember this day.

It's the day God showed this (newbie) homeschooling mama that He is IN THIS with me.
The day He truly and perfectly spoke to our son's heart. And Evan listened.
The day I am reminded that God pursues us all and desires to be in relationship with us even more than we could ever hope for.
And the day when I was able to share in the most important decision of Evan's life.

This summer I took some time to make a list of all the things that I wanted the kids to learn this year- ya, I kinda love lists! Among the academic goals I had for each of the kids I began to realize that our focus this year needed to be on the kids ability to hear God. I want them to know Him....like, reeeeeeally know him. To run to Him. To desire Him.

We started today, with this book.

It is wonderful! It does an incredible job explaining to kids how God's desire is to speak to them and how they can recognize his voice!

I read about halfway through and then told the kids that we were going to practice listening to His voice. They each found a quiet place and I instructed them to just talk to God like they would talk to a friend and then....... to listen. I put some worship music on and let them each have quiet time with God.

20 minutes later Evan came out drying tears. I asked if God had spoken to him- he nodded and proceeded to show me his journal where he wrote that he had asked Jesus into his heart.

I remember back to when Evan said the same thing to me when he was 3 years old. This sweet, chubby little face telling me that He wanted to be Jesus' friend too. This time, though, it was different. It was completely his choice. Zero input from me. Zero pressure. Just the precious prompting of the Holy Spirit. He said that God used this song to speak to him....

We cried together and spoke about how his life is forever changed.
Emotional wouldn't even begin to describe what this moment was like. I have never seen him like that. He was undeniably different. Crying, he kept saying how happy he was. It was the same joy I felt back when I invited Jesus into my own heart. What an incredible blessing it was to be there with him for this.

We talked about how when someone asks Jesus into their heart that there is the most incredible celebration in Heaven and how the angels must be doing back flips!

God is so cool.
Such an encouragement to me that the time we take in our day to learn about Him is SO worth it and will forever change my babies.

Yes, I need to remember this day.
What a GIFT!

Happy Day
Jesus Culture

The greatest day in history, death is beaten
You have rescued me
Sing it out, Jesus is alive
The empty cross, the empty grave
Life eternal, You have won the day
Shout it all, Jesus is alive
He's alive

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh happy day, happy day
I'll never be the same
Forever I am changed

When I stand, in that place
Free at last, meeting face to face
I am Yours, Jesus You are mine
Endless joy and perfect peace
Earthly pain finally will cease
Celebrate Jesus is alive
He's alive

Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious way
That You have saved me
Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious name

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