Our Littlest Son

I already typed this, but there was an error so it never got posted — error on internet connection, not me.  🙂

Here we go again:

Luke has been saying a lot lately:

“Help me, mommy!”

“I don’t think so.”  (in response to a friend asking me a question)

“The end” whenever I finished reading a book to him.

As we were riding down the road, he said, “a truck.”  He would then start to laugh.  He kept pointing to all the trucks and then saying “a truck” and then laughing.

I have been working with Luke on obedience training.  It has been so sweet to see him saying, “Yes, ma’am” and then come running to obey.  His rendition of “ma’am” is very funny to hear.

Luke also has the best manners.  He says “please” and “thank you” without prompting.  He also says “excuse me” whenever someone sneezes.

I have been thoroughly enjoying our little sweetheart as I watch him grow and change from baby to boy.

A Change of Heart

Yesterday as I was feeding the boys supper, Drew was acting up and said, “I need to be a bad boy.”  I asked him why he said that.   I then reminded him that we want to do what is right/good and to obey God.  I reminded him that being bad makes everyone sad, including himself.”

A short time later, Drew said, “I need to eat my food because it makes Jesus happy.”  He then proceeded to eat his salad and said, “I need to eat this to make God happy.”  So funny!  At least, he is getting the idea that when we do what is good and/or right, we do make God happy.

Heart Change!!!

Today, we had some more discipline battles with our two oldest boys.  Both parents were finding their patience sorely exhausted.  Finally, I had a conversation with Will where we talked about the need to obey God, consequences when we disobey and are naughty, etc…  Will has heard enough Bible stories that by now, he understands that there is punishment for sin.  He kept asking me questions about sin and punishment.  He got very serious and wanted to know if he was going to “that bad place.”  I said that everyone goes there — yes, him too — if he doesn’t believe in Jesus.  I told him that God doesn’t want anyone to go there and that is why Jesus died.  It is our sin that brings the punishment.  It is God’s love that brings salvation.

We explain the similar parallel to this when he disobeys, fights, lies, etc… that he chooses to be punished/corrected.  When he obeys, he chooses rewards and happiness.  When he chooses to do wrong, he makes the choice to be corrected in some way.  So when we sin, we choose sin’s punishment.  God in his love and mercy chose to send Jesus so that we can be saved from that punishment.  God’s justice and God’s grace/love/mercy were perfectly fulfilled on the cross.  Jesus was punished in our place!

I then told Will that he needed to pray.  We had talked earlier about him praying and asking God to help him obey.  At that point, Will was not ready to pray.  But at this point, he was ready to pray.  He prayed, “Dear Jesus, thank you for being my Savior.  Thank you I’m your child!”  This was his three-year-old way of praying that he was trusting Jesus as his Savior and wanting to be God’s child.  (Sometimes, he gets his tenses confused.)  I know how Will talks so I know this is what he meant.  Whether he truly understood everything, only God knows; but I know that he understood as much as he can at age three 1/2.  We then talked about how as God’s children, we need to obey God and do what is right.  At this, he finally laid his head down in sweet submission on his pillow and promptly went to sleep!  Hallelujah!!!  What a job to know that God’s Spirit is at work in Will’s heart and that a heart change did occur!

That Won’t Save Me!

Yesterday while I was discussing with my son the importance of obeying and also that Jesus died for our sins, my son said, “Obedience won’t save me.” I said, “That’s right. It won’t save you — that’s why Jesus died.” I then reminded him of why we should obey. I also told him again that Mommy disobeyed her parents and proceeded to my salvation experience with him.