Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Lessons From My Son
My son Cole has gone to bed for as long as I could remember, listening to books on CD. The all time favorite is of course all of the Narnia stories, I think he could quote them word for word now! But among some of the other favorites were star wars. Around the time he began listening to them, he also was getting out of bed really late at night in tears and completely worried, but he could not tell us why, he didn't know himself. We would pray with him and talk with him, listen, and just sit rubbing his back trying to help him fall asleep. It went on for quite awhile and one of the things he decided to do was to quit listening to the star wars, not that he didn't enjoy it, but it wasn't something that was helpful to his mind while he was falling asleep. But even after that, the worry still persisted and made it difficult to fall asleep. I just kept praying for him asking that the Lord would show Cole what he needed to do or what it was bothering him. I was stumped and needed the Lord to take care of Cole in a way that I could not. One night, Cole came out and told us that he was going to begin reading his Bible at night before he fell asleep. He was going to start at the beginning and just read it all the way through. Cole even wrote out the date he began and put it above his bed as a reminder. Cole replaced everything that was not beneficial for that, that was. I have looked back on that decision of my young son, and I have seen that the Lord had given him wisdom beyond his years, the Lord answered my hearts prayer and healed Cole's mind through his Word, which He has promised to do! Cole has gobbled up the Bible and has an amazing memory for what he has read. I will never tire of having Cole tell me about the passages he read the night before, picking out details that I did not remember. My own son has made scripture come alive for me! I have told some of my friends that I never thought I would hear myself saying to my child, "Stop reading your Bible and go to bed"-although I can't really bring myself to doing that very often! And when he gets out of bed at 11pm just dying to share something, I am trying to remember to listen instead of shooing him off to bed again. I will continue to pray that Cole hides God's word in his heart, never to depart form it. My long haired baby boy of 11 years old blesses my heart everyday with the reminder of God's great love for us! All of our cares really do belong to the Lord, trying to solve them any other way is just pointless, what an awesome way to learn-by being a MOM! Cole has continued his journey through the Bible faithfully almost every night and fear has been a distant issue from the past. I love picking up that well worn, binding torn book of his that seems to follow him throughout the house everywhere. It is a tough bedtime if that Bible is nowhere to be found! Sleep will not come! May I live my life the same way!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.