I just wrote this for our latest email update
. . . and then realized that some of our blog readers might not get our monthly updates.
So, I'm reposting here.
One of the things on my list-of-things-to-do-while-Matt-is-gone-list is "Prayer project with Eliana." I wanted to invite her to pray with me for Matt during his longboard camp. But, I was struggling with how to invite this two year old to spontaneously pray for her dad while he is gone. I mean really - she is only two.
And then a thought struck me - she hears all the random noises that we adults usually tune out. (She is constantly asking me, "Mama, what was dat noises?") She hears every siren, dog barking, airplane, kid crying . . . everything!
So, a couple days ago I tried something new.
"Eliana, let's pray for Daddy and the longboarders every time we hear an airplane, ok?"
But then I worried that we might not hear many airplanes, so I changed it to hearing a dog barking. I did it with her a few times and then my adult ears went back to tuning out a lot of background noise.
Not long after that she came racing into the living room, barely making it around the corner, so intent was she on delivering her important message, "Mama! A dog barking! Pray for the longboarders!"
I love it! She is actually the one who is keeping ME on track with remembering to pray for Matt. . . whenever a dog barks OR an airplane flies overhead.
(PS I am always on the hunt for trying to find creative ways to teach spiritual truths to children. I struggle with feeling like I'm winging it and would LOVE to hear any ideas or suggestions you have heard about or tried.)