Today my plan was to go to church. Instead the kids and I piled in the car and drove to Denver, but it will be a drive I will never forget!!
As usual we were rockin out to Hannah Montana, making our way down the mountain. I hear Abby in the back ask me, " mom why are you talking to yourself?" I respond with, "sometimes mommy does that to clear her head." We all giggled, glad I can simply amuse them, for now!
It was quiet in the car because the music was turned off. The next question from Abby comes, " mom when we get to heaven do we get new bodies and a new name?" I don't know why I was shocked when she said that, I know she is a smart girl, but I didn't remember talking to her about it before. It pleasantly surprised me. I asked her where she had heard it and she said a friend had told her.
I love how God works. When I fail as a parent, feeling like she should be hearing that from me and not a friend, He gives me this amazing opportunity to share salvation with my kids. This moment didn't happen because I sat down and had my agenda to share the gospel with them when I saw fit, but He knew when their hearts would be ready and gave them the questions to ask. It wasn't because when I left the house today I had it on my mind to bring up heaven in the car, but it was because He is good and knows what his children need in the moment they need it.
So then the questions start pouring in, from all over the car. What does heaven look like? Why do we have to die? Is Jesus still on the cross? You mean He never sinned? When do we go to heaven? Even Matty pipes up every once an awhile and says something, no one knows what he is saying, but he feels included!!! We talked the whole way down to Denver. I had this amazing opportunity to share with my kids how God loved us so much that he died for us, so we could be free from sin and live forever with him in eternity. I explained that if they accept Jesus and believed in what He did for them that they would be saved, and live with him forever. Abby says,"well that's easy, of course I believe!" Then Ella says, "yeah, I believe too!" So simple, so easy, if only everyone could have that childlike faith!!!
Matthew 18:2-3 (Jesus is talking to his disciples) Then Jesus called a little child to Him , set him in the midst of them, and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."
Romans 10:9-10 if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
It took me a minute to realize what had just happened, but after it became clear that my girls had just confessed their faith in Jesus, my heart could not have been more full!!!
As a mom nothing could ever top this moment!!
Ella then say's,"mom do you think there will be enough room on Jesus' lap for me when I get to heaven, because I really want to sit on His lap, and eat dinner with Him too?"
The angels are rejoicing today!!!