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Jesus, to a three year old

March 12, 2012
 |  by Julie

Jesus, to a three year old

Recently I was driving in the car with my three-year-old daughter, Piper, when my ears suddenly perked up. She was talking about God. At least, I thought she was.

“What did you say, Piper?” I prompted her.

“God made the sky!” she shouted from the backseat.

Wow. Had I heard her correctly? We talk about Jesus – especially during prayer or when singing, “Jesus loves Piper, this I know, for the Bible tells me so . . .” – but I hadn’t used the word “God” very often, thinking the concept might be a little beyond her comprehension.

“That’s right! God made the sky,” I said, slightly shocked. Wondering where she had learned that concept, I decided to test her out.

“Piper, what is God’s name?”

Pause. Nah, she wouldn’t know this yet, I thought.

And then she said, “Jesus!”

Be still, my heart! Hearing this simple declaration of my greatest hope for her life – to know that Jesus is the Almighty God and Creator – it was a connection, stated ever so simply, yet it was profound.

I was so excited, and yet I also felt a tinge of guilt. I hadn’t believed she was ready to understand the concept of “God” just yet, and so I hadn’t made much of an effort beyond teaching her simple prayers and talking about how Jesus loves her. I was pretty sure she must have learned this concept from Sunday school (bless those who teach our little ones’ hearts!).

It was also the moment that made me realize it was time to start intentionally teaching her about God and the way He wants us to live. What better way than through Kids of Integrity?

I’ve had the privilege of working with the Kids of Integrity team for several years now, and, truth be told, I’ve been anxiously waiting for my opportunity to try out the lessons myself. I’m excited to be joining fellow blogger Krista and the rest of you KOI parents on this journey to teach our children about our greatest Hope.

If you’ve tried KOI with younger children like mine, I would be so appreciative of any tips or advice you can share (here on the blog or on Facebook). And if you haven’t yet tried KOI, I would love for you to walk alongside me on this journey.

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