Every Tuesday and Thursday morning my four year old son Gus heads off to preschool and every Tuesday and Thursday morning he gets in the car and declares God’s word on the way there. Last year my husband Josh took several scriptures that Gus knew and made them into a confession that goes like this:
This is the day that the Lord has made! I will rejoice and be glad in it! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Greater is He who is in me than He who is the world! No weapon formed against me can prosper! If God is for me then who can stand against me? I am the head and not the tail, I am above only and not beneath, I’m blessed going in, and blessed going out, and everything I set my hands to will prosper!!
He’s had all of that memorized since he was three. It’s pretty cute when he does it, but it’s powerful too!
Today when we were sitting around the table at breakfast my almost 2 year old daughter Beau began to recite Gus’ confession. Gus and I were shocked. We sat there with our mouths open waiting to see how much of it she was going to say and she said the whole thing! We had no idea she knew any of it. It was amazing.
Gus, just by speaking the word on the way to school, had taught his little sister some of the greatest promises in the Bible. She may not have understood what everything she said meant, but because everything she said was the word of God it left her mouth with a mission, and that mission will be accomplished because God’s word does not return void.
It really made me stop and think about why the words we speak are so important. I thought Beau was just staring out the window on the days that she rides along to drop Gus off at school, but she wasn’t just staring, she was listening and what she was listening to she was storing up in her heart. Every time you open your mouth to talk someone is listening. Even if you are alone and talking to yourself, you have ears and that means you are hearing every word that you say, and what you hear has an effect on you.
Jeremiah 23:28 …let the one who has my word speak it faithfully…
We are the ones who have God’s word and it’s important that we are speaking it… faithfully! We should pray God’s word, speak it over our family, over our health, our finances, our nation, our church, our future, our everything! And we should do it faithfully.
God made our ears to collect sounds, process sounds, and send the sounds to our brains. Make sure that everyday your ears and the ears of those around you spend some time processing the sound of God’s word coming out of your mouth… and remember, the person you think isn’t listening, might in fact be waiting to surprise you with all that they have stored in their heart just by listening to you speak God’s word!
- Beau surprised us with her awesome word declaration this morning!
- Gus was so excited for her.
- Gus speaks God’s word and he does it faithfully!
- Josh taught Gus how to turn all of the scriptures he knew into his confession.
- God’s word does not return void, but accomplishes the purpose for which it was sent.
- I have ears to hear myself speak the word.
- I have a mouth to speak the word with.
- The sponge like qualities of kids.
- Our kids slept through the thunder storm last night.
- Our power did not go out!
- Had time to make tortilla soup before church for dinner tomorrow.
- Valentine’s Day Party with some awesome 5 year olds at church.
- Pascal! He’s one of my favorite volunteers to work with. The kids absolutely love him.
- The awesome hug I got from my friend Gena who is visiting from Tulsa.
- “Chipmunks are funny!” – Beau (I didn’t even know she knew what a chipmunk was.)
- Faith filled texts from my sweet husband.
- “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman won the grammy for best contemporary Christian song!
- Bills paid and check book balanced.
- Wall-E. One of Gus’ favorites. I enjoyed listening to it while I was paying bills… reminded me of when he was just a little 2 year old.
- Wonderful evening with our sweet friend the Dvorak’s.
- Got to introduce them to Kenny’s Burger Joint.
- Gena split a burger with me. I’ve always wanted someone to split a burger with there.
- All of our kiddos were sweet and well behaved so we actually got to talk.
- Ben was born 30 years ago today and we got to celebrate with him!
- Star gazing with the kiddos.
- Beau wasn’t ready for bed when we put her down, but instead of crying she sings. Love hearing her sing in the monitor.
- Taking communion with Josh and remembering the great sacrifice that Jesus made for us.