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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Simple faith

Last week, just before Bria's baptism, one of Chloe's Sunday shoes came up missing. It was probably missing for days, but since I didn't bother to organize everything beforehand, I didn't notice. We were frantically running around the house, and Chloe was crying because she is my girliest girl and she did not want to wear anything but her pretty new Mary Janes.

As I was looking in her closet for the fifth time, I saw her drop to her knees by her bed and say a prayer that she would be able to find her shoe. I smiled to myself, and kept searching. She got up, left the room and came back with her shoe within 30 seconds. Turns out it was behind a picture frame on the desk in the living room. Turns out she was walking by, and it caught her eye. We all know who put it there (Sophie), but who knows how long it had been there?

On Fridays, Bria's teacher draws a few names out of the good behavior box (they earn tickets to put in there every day). Bria has not been lucky enough to have her name drawn out, and she always feels a bit let down when she comes home on Friday afternoon.

Until yesterday. Before she left for school she prayed that her name could please be drawn out of the box this time. When she left she was excited because she had asked for that and just knew it would work. Well, it did. I'm glad it did, and I do think it was an answer to prayer. I think kids need these simple answers to start growing their faith. Chloe talked incessantly about how Heavenly Father answered her prayer and helped her find her shoe. Both of these experiences watered the seed of testimony a bit.

Most of all, they reminded me that it's okay to pray for such little things. I'm old enough to realize I won't get everything I ask for, but sometimes that causes me not to ask for things. I need to remember that my Heavenly Father wants to bless me. I need to remember that he wants to hear about all of my needs (and gratitudes!). I need to remember the scene of Chloe kneeling at her bedside while I was frustrated and running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

I'm thankful for prayer, and I'm thankful for children who are also thankful for prayer.

16 comments :

  1. That is SO sweet!! Last night my 3 year old climbed up on my lap and said, "Mom, I need to say a prayer for no more bad dreams." So she did and it was so sweet--and the best thing--she slept all night long peacefully!!

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  2. My son spontaneously prayed a couple of nights ago because he was having scary thoughts before bed too. And it helped him. I love the simple faith of a child.

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  3. This is so sweet!!! What a beautiful story.. it blessed me this morning!!!

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  4. Beautiful experiences for both your girls. It's amazing how "simple" it really is, isn't it?

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  5. I am SO thankful for prayer and also children that believe in prayer. Thanks for a great blog entry. We sure love our children.

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  6. I love this post. It's very, very true.

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  7. I am having an emotional day and this brought tears to my eyes... I too am so thankful for these little ones that remind us of things forgotten. Thanks.

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  8. Such a lovely post. And a much needed reminder of how God cares for me. I love how kids think!

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  9. My oldest daughter always looses her shoes! A couple of years ago a Similar Incident Occurred. It reminded me that even the simplest little things that make us crazy-God is there!

    Thanks for viviting my BLOG and voting For the Woman herself JILLENE! Looks like she is kicking TUKAS in my contest.

    BTW I have three girls too! I love it! Also you are a very art-sy mommy, we are kindred spirits!

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  10. What a sweet post! And HA HA on Sophie taking shoes and them disappearing. That happens here on a regular basis.

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  11. What a great example of child-like faith.
    Lately, in my son's prayers, he has been saying, "Bless we'll have a good Jesus."
    You'll have to ask him what he means by that.

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  12. I love the faith of a child. They are just so precious.

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  13. She is an angel!! But you have instilled in her that faith!

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  14. I wish as a grown up I could remember to have such simple faith.

    Life would be easier.

    Great story! Thanks!

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  15. I love the simple faith of children. What a great story.

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