I wanted to tell everyone about Shiloh’s decision to follow Jesus yesterday. For many months now she has been talking about having Jesus in her heart. BJ & I had not taken advantage of this by talking about it more or less but we made a note in our conversation that she was beginning to ask questions, become aware of what that meant, etc. For the past couple of months the kids have prayed for “all the people who don’t have Jesus in their hearts”. We’ve been asking them to get more specific recently, praying for people by name. Even Shiloh was praying for people! And starting in January we began praying through Operation World with the kids. Shiloh has even said during school sometimes, “You know I do have Jesus in my heart.” I wasn’t sure what to do with that information but talked with BJ about it and we just decided to wait for her to come to us. We have never wanted our kids to feel pressured or prompted by US into following Jesus. Zoe & Judah have prayed consistently for Shiloh & Olive to accept Christ, now adding Willow to that mix 🙂
Yesterday at church I saw her teacher start to take her downstairs. I didn’t know why she was but I felt SO strongly the prompting of God to go and get her. I wasn’t sure why but I just knew I needed to go talk to her. Obviously, God knew why. Shi said she wanted to come with me into church and so I let her. It was during our communion meditation time and she was sitting on my lap. She asked why we had communion and I shared that with her. Then she started to tear up and cry and said “I hope someday I can have Jesus in my heart”. I said, “Shiloh, you can.” Then she asked me what she had to do. I explained to her that it’s about believing Jesus is the Son of God and how we need Him. I led her in a sweet childlike prayer. Afterward I said to her, “tell Mommy what else you know about Jesus.” She said, “That He died on the cross for me.” Sweet girl! She ran over to tell BJ who immediately was in tears. It was a very sweet moment.
I’m not sure if you’re struggling with wondering whether her salvation experience is “real” or not. I know for us, we believe in the sincerity of it. However we are well aware she will have to “work out her salvation” as she grows. We do not in anyway consider this a “done deal”, ticket to heaven. But we DO believe God has been beckoning to her little heart for many months now and who are we to “hinder the little children”?? We even spoke to two different people in our church (one an elder and the other a bible study leader) who both affirmed their belief that it’s us as adults who make salvation hard. We’re asked to “believe” not “understand”. Annette said to me last night, “Aubin, why wouldn’t she want to know have a relationship with Jesus? She’s grown up in a home where Jesus has been talked about since birth and modeled before her?” That was HUGE for me~oh I pray we have modeled that. So many times we’ve failed. But I know Zoe & Judah were both very young and we have seen fruits in their life that their decision was real.
I also received an email this morning from our great friend & mentor Dave Cole who said, “I have every confidence that this sweet little girl has embraced Salvation! Continue keeping the Lord before your family, God will greatly bless you all!
From the Shema/Great Commandment (see below), I am always reminded we cannot talk enough about the Lord with our Children! Keep up the great work! I look forward to a similar e-mail (at least) two more times!
Deut. 6:4-9 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.
so thanks for rejoicing with us! Please pray for her and that we can lead her in the right way.