Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Contentment at age 4

Being content on a sunshiny day at the park.... and content with sharing an airplane ride with her sister!


"Keep your lives free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have." Hebrews 13:5
We changed "money" to "things" to help Ivy apply it to her life.

We have continued to keep a Bible verse on Ivy's mirror for almost 2 years now. She memorizes most of them in a week or two and then we change it. She hears the verse when we take a bath, brush teeth, go potty, basically any of the 20 times that she is in that bathroom daily! But now that she is 4 years old, the verse we choose is so important. We are growing a girl after Jesus' heart. We are teaching her Biblical principals to start applying to her life right now and the verses we choose can tap into the daily grind of our 4 year old daughter.

When she memorizes the verse- and really understands the meaning- it is sweet music to my ears. More than anything else I want her to grow to become a Christ filled girl. I want her to have His love near and dear to her heart. And I want her daily decisions to be made with God's will for her life in the forefront of her mind. So this week's verse has been big time!

Since starting preschool Ivy is around 20 other kids EVERY day! They have different shoes, outfits, back packs, lunch boxes, and they have 4 year old conversations about their homes, toys, and vacations and Ivy developed a bad case of the "I wants." Totally normal for her age, but none the less, irritating to this hardworking Mommy and Daddy from the mouth of a little girl that doesn't lack for much. So I got out my gardening tools and planted a seed in Ivy- God's word poured (not just planted) in her heart. We read a devotion about coveting someone else's things, I gave examples from my grown up life, and told her heart wrenching stories of children who really were lacking. She then said, "When I say I wish I had..." or "I want ____ like so and so has..." that just means I like their stuff." Very telling from the mouth of our girl! So I backed up and gave her a lesson on giving compliments and that, coupled with God's word has seemed to nix the I wants completely.

Now I hear her giving genuine compliments- "She has a pretty lunch box!" "He got a new backpack with 4 pockets, mine has 3. That is cool!" "Maybe when we have more babies in our house we might need bunk beds like them."- music to my ears! I also hear her attitude of gratitude as she prays at night. Don't get me wrong- her "Thank Yous" are endless but I would take those over "I wants" any day. It is amazing that God's word can be so relevant, even in a preschooler's life, and this is such a reminder that it is never too young to start planting those seeds!

11 comments:

  1. She is such a sweet little girl - I love her heart! And good job to you and Greg for making a point to work on those verses and attitudes from the beginning.

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  2. You are such a good mommy and you're certainly on the right career path as well. I wish my kids could have you as a teacher! Ivy is so sweet!

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  3. Awwww!!!!!! Haha "He has a lunchbox with 4 pockets, mine has 3. That's cool" - classic quote. Proud of y'all as parents and proud of Ivy. Can't wait to see her soon!!!!!

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  4. You and Greg are awesome parents! When I was with Ivy yesterday she recited this verse and told me exactly what it meant--go Ivy!

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  5. What a great lesson! Ivy is so smart and sweet, and you all are great parents!

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  6. so sweet and such a great idea. I think I will do that for Ruthie!

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  7. You are an ispiration to me as a mama! Caleb is slowing learning Bible verses in his class at church. It is so sweet to hear such words from the mouth of a little person.

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  8. love that video...and she's thankful for her Unc!

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  9. I know I've told you this before on other posts, but I love that you do this and I want to copy you! What age did you start this and how do you decide on the verse? Just love it! You are such a cute Mommy!

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  10. This is awesome Sarah! You and Greg are such great parents! :)

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  11. I love that idea! So glad she is learning this at such a young age! Great job!!

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Thanks for your encouragement as I travel through this season of life called mommyhood!