The kids, for some reason, were talking about the 6th child that we are going to have. I very quickly let them know that I didn't think there was going to be a number six and Eli said, "But Mama, Daddy said that you always prayed for 10 kids!" Isaiah quickly responded, "Wait a minute! You prayed for 10 kids? Well, 5 more are on the way!"
Isaiah has a new found passion for telling people about God! Every time we go to the park he meets a new friend and has to tell them about Jesus. He has always been our deep thinking theologian, asking questions like..."Is rain God peeing?" or "So why did God create lightning anyway? Did He just want to strike us dead?" or "So how does God come into your heart? God, please come live in my heart....Nope! Don't feel Him in there!" These are just a few examples. I'm not sharing the ones I didn't know how to answer! :)
Lately we have been talking about how it is important to love God more than anything or anyone. This has laid heavy on Isaiah because He makes it a point every day to let us know that he loves God so much, even more than me and his daddy. Well, we were at the park a few evenings ago and Isaiah met a little boy named Michael. Michael was like the shy, quiet boy on the movie Polar Express that sat on the back of the train. Isaiah proceeded to ask him if he knew who God was. Michael sheepishly replied that he didn't know. Isaiah then tells him that he HAS to know God if he wants to go "up there", as he points to the sky, because he definitely doesn't want to go "down there", as he points to the ground. Isaiah then says, "O.K., Do you love me?" Michael said, "Yea, I guess so."
Isaiah - "Do you love me more than God?"
Michael - "Yea."
Isaiah - " No, no, no! You have to love God more than me!"
They then run over to Derrick....
Isaiah - "Dad, Micheal thinks he loves me more than God, what do I tell him?" (As Michael stands right there.)
Derrick - "You just tell him that God loves him very much and gave His life for him."
The boys run away for a while and Isaiah runs back over to Derrick a little while later.
"Everything's o.k. Dad! I got it covered! Michael knows now that he loves God more than me and he told his mom that she needs to love God too!"
Wow! I love his enthusiasm! It has inspired me and reminded me that this is what we are on this earth for...to tell people about God's love! Isaiah says he is going to have three jobs when he grows up and that he is going to make lots of $$$. He wants to be a veternarian, a scientist and a comedian. Derrick hasn't had the heart to tell him that it looks as though he's going to be an evangelist!
There is something about fall that always takes me back! I'm sure many have already experienced fall this year, but today is our first cool day. With the coolness in the air, the wind blowing through the trees and the sound of children playing outside I remember those fun days of running around in the neighborhood with my friends. I loved playing football with the guys in the front yard or playing "house" with my 10 baby dolls and girlfriends. It also reminds me of wonderful family times out at my grandparents farm in Louisiana. We spent every Thanksgiving there with my mom's brothers and their families. My cousins and I had great times together down at the pond, in the barn, taking over the upstairs of the house by building forts, playing cards and how could I ever forget the wonderful night of Snipe hunting??? Not only did we have a blast together, the eating was mmm-mmm good!!! So many wonderful memories!
Now, it's my children that are outside playing football, jumping on the trampoline and spending time with all the kids in the neighborhood. And now it's up to me and Derrick to create wonderful memories for our children just as our parents did for us.
As I recall today the great memories of my childhood and enjoy my moment of nostalgia, I would like to thank everyone involved in making those memories worth remembering!
I have many friends that were not as fortunate as me to have good memories to think back on, and as much as I would like to change that, I know I can't. What I can do is encourage them to choose to make wonderful memories with those around them now and hopefully I can be a part of their good memories from here on out!
Thank You God for lavishing Your love on me. Thank You for the wonderful friends and family that You have given me! Thank You for the wonderful memories I have of the life you've given me and thank You for the breath of life You have breathed into me today that allows me to make more!
Christ-Follower, Pastor's Wife, Mother of Six: Eli, Isaiah, Carmen, Jesse, Ciera and Samuel; Author, Speaker, Song Writer