Making Faith Real for Your Girls

June 14, 2012 in Faith that Shines,kids and faith

As a toddler Bird was perplexed by God’s creation. Figuring out what God made was tough.”Did God make me?”
“Yes, perfectly.”
“Did God make dogs?”
“Yes and even their slobbery tongues.”
“Did God make our house?”
“No, but he gave man the brains to learn and to think and to able to make the house.”
“Did God make the wood in our house?”
“Sort of, he made the tree that was turned into the lumber that is now the wood in our house.” And the game went on and on. For months.

Thanking God for creation is standard practice when we notice it. The beauty of mountains, the sound of a stream, the vivid colors and fragrances of flowers inspire us to praise the creativity of God. But His creation goes beyond the external visible things. The girls and I spent some time praising Him for our amazing bodies last year when Bird was studying the human body at school. Still, the intricacies of our body isn’t the end of this creation. Have you ever praised Him for our ability to learn and discover? Yesterday I was reminded to praise Him for the brains He has given man to advance medicine.

Yesterday, gratitude and wonder brought tears to my eyes as I held a creation of God and a receiver of the benefits of modern medicine. Prayer was a natural response to the powerful emotions.

Lydia shortly after birth at 2 pounds and 2 oz. 

In the last year, our small fellowship group has struggled and wept as miscarriages and a stillbirth shook our small body. Since our dear friend Laura, of beauty role model and flower headband fame, delivered a precious girl at 28 weeks, we’ve been praying fervently. And after all the tragedies, my girls started to think that having a healthy baby was difficult and rare and were wondering why God had not saved any of the new lives He created. They were wrestling with life’s toughest questions. They were hesitant to hope they would ever meet baby Lydia.

Yesterday, almost twelve weeks after her birth, the girls and I met baby Lydia who is now a healthy six pound baby. I even held her and kissed her sweet head. And the girls, they witnessed life, from the faith that persevered through loss and still praised His name to faith that celebrated the knowledge of doctors, nurses and technology as sweet Lydia finally came home.

My girls aren’t old enough for me to give advice on how to help make your kids’ faith real. But I know, that sending them to Sunday school every week and getting them confirmed won’t be enough. They need to see faith lived out, through sorrows and joy.

Side note: Starry-eyed and smitten while I stared at Lydia, this song kept going through my head. Maybe it will bless you too:

You Make Beautiful Things by Gungor

Thanks to Thor*tography forthe top two images.

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Mama Sadie Bell June 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Oh I LOVE your blog! What a wonderful heart you have! I have 5 girls and teaching them about God is one of my favorite things! Faith is so important to us! I am going to be following your blog for sure!
Found you on SITS!
fortheirtenderhearts.com

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Laura Wells June 15, 2012 at 2:15 am

Mama Sadie Bell, thank you so much for stopping by. Five girls! I might be needing your advice and wisdom!

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Nikki June 15, 2012 at 2:39 am

Oh, I could cry of joy! She is beautiful. What a blessing. Thank you for sharing some of it with us so poignantly. Loved it.

(and that’s one of my favorite songs–perfect fit!)

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Kerri S June 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story! You have such a beautiful heart! and the song touched me right where I needed to be touched this morning!
Bless you friend!

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Mothering From Scratch June 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm

{Melinda} So, so beautiful. We have an amazing God. My “little” girl is now 15. I admit, I think I relied too much on the church and the Christian school she went to (through 5th grade) to pass down my faith. I wish I had been more intentional in pointing our faith in action in everyday life when they were younger.

But as long as our children are in our house, it is never too late. And the godly (though imperfect) role model we set for them speaks louder than anything we could ever say.

Love your sweet blog. Am your newest subscriber and then heading over to Like you on Facebook. Visiting from SITS!

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Paloma June 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Hi Laura! I found you through Saturday Sharefest and I am so happy I did! It’s beautiful to read you you teach your girls about faith and praising God! Lydia is gorgeous! And I am so glad she is surrounded by love and prayers! 🙂 … I am looking forward to reading more! You now have a new follower here! Blessings!

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Paloma June 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I just commented, headed to my blog and found a comment from you! Neat! Love Saturday Sharefest! You get to know amazing people! Cool!

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misssrobin June 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm

What a beautiful post. How wonderful that you are sharing your faith with your daughters. And seeing faith-building experiences.

My faith grows most through difficult times. No one wishes for them, but that is how we become strong.

Thank you for sharing. And for the song. Stopping by from SITS. Have a great weekend.

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bonnie-bonnbonnboutiqe.blogspot.com June 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

that is amazing! brought tears to my eyes. what a miracle!

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Amarie June 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm

How precious! God bless her!
Visiting via SITS. 🙂

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JDaniel4's Mom June 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I love your blog and the way you are teaching your girls about God. We are teaching our guy the same things.

Stopping from SITS!

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Mindy @ New Equus - A New Creation June 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm

How sweet! I have three girls of my own two grown and one thinking she’s grown. They all love God and I am so thankful that He has touched all of their hearts. 🙂 Hopping from Getting Down with Jesus.

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Thoughts for the day June 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Oh my goodness your photo’s are amazing. My grand daughter was born early and weighed 2pds 11oz. She was released to go home at 3 weeks and she was only 3pds 9oz, I was in shock, so tiny. She is age 13 now and doing very well. God is good, out of six grand children 4 were preemie. They are all healthy.

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Jennifer @ GettingDownWithJesus.com June 21, 2012 at 3:55 am

I have a Lydia. She’s 10. Born early, and little, but not that little.

Oh and this Lydia pictured here … Oh my … I just want to reach through the screen and brush a hand softly across her cheek. Beautiful. So glad you’ve linked.

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