Yesterday was full of friends, playing on the beach, sailing, and lots of fun. As evening came, I tossed in a load of laundry and began to tidy up the house. Little Man was sitting on a stool in the kitchen eating dessert as I put away the clean silverware.
He said, “Mom, do we still have to do chores while we’re on vacation?”
“Yes, we need to take good care of our friend’s house, so we still do chores.”
He paused, looked carefully at me, and said, “Then why are you doing mine?”
I cannot tell you how much joy this little boy gives us.
And while I’m on the topic of Little Man, yesterday he came running up the path from the beach crying. When I asked him what was wrong, he answered that he was afraid a rabid rat was going to get him, and he couldn’t stop thinking about the scary foxes in Diego. I held him close and we talked, then I prayed for him. Five minutes later he told me it hadn’t worked and he was still scared, so we prayed again. I told him that Jesus is always with him, and he can say that out loud when he has scary thoughts.
When it was time for bed, Little Man told me he was afraid that in the night, the scary thought about the rabid rat would come back. So I took a piece of paper and wrote, “Jesus is with me” in big letters. He practiced reading it and took it to bed with him; I suggested that he tuck it under his pillow, and anytime he was afraid he could hold it and remember the true words written on it. I hugged him tight and reminded him, “Jesus is always with you.”
Little Man came running into the kitchen a few minutes ago with a big smile on his face. “It worked!,” he said. “What worked?” “The ‘Jesus is with me’ note. I remembered and I wasn’t scared.”
My friend, Lauren, reminded me yesterday about taking our thoughts captive, and she wondered whether it would help Dimples to memorize some specific Bible verses to help with her anxiety. If she doesn’t oppose the idea, I think it would be a great help to Dimples. I also think it would be a good project for me to make some scripture cards for myself to take my thoughts captive. There is power in the truth. I’m sure I’ll write more about this soon.
This is what the Word says:
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
English Standard Version (ESV)
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
We are going to dig clams with our friends this morning, and have plans for a potluck dinner tonight. I also need to do some serious homeschool planning because the first day of school really is going to arrive before we know it.
Thanks so much for reading, friends. I’m so glad you share my life.