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Image Bearers…

The fact that the Lord created all of us… each and every single human being… in His image is a truth that my pastor preached on Sunday. The girls love the concepts that we are all the same and everyone deserves the same love and respect because after all we’re all image bearers. They managed to teach a huge lesson…

We are having a joint birthday party for the girls soon. The girls and I were chatting about it yesterday and I was explaining that I thought it was cool that they wanted to include their friends from church, school and the neighborhood, but at the same time it had the potential for people to feel left out. I gave an example of one of their friends that always seems to feel left out. That’s when they spilled the beans…

“Here’s the deal Mrs. Jess, (insert little girl name here) does nothing but lie. She lies about everything and it’s just not fun to play with her. When I tried to talk to her about lying she told me that I was lying by saying she lied.”  (Insert tears from Angel)

“Well, I’m proud that you tried to tell her that lying isn’t right. Do you think you should invite her to the party?”

“Just because she’s a liar doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be her friend. Besides she looks like God too…”

Once again, I was speechless. The momma bear in me wanted to simply tell them that they can’t play with her anymore, but my girls have managed to look at their lying little friend through the eyes of Jesus so why couldn’t I? So, instead of forbidding them to play with her we decided that we would start praying for their friend and love her the way Jesus loves her. In order to do that their foundation and love for their Savior has to be steadfast and constantly growing. There is a battle waging for my kids and now more than ever I have to be on the front lines praying for them and equipping them.

Don’t get me wrong I want them to be protected and surrounded by positive influences, but who am I to keep them from loving a little girl who is so obviously crying out to be loved. I will most definitely keep my eyes and ears open and there won’t being much going to her house, but instead she is welcome in our home, where I can keep an eye on them, and watch my girls treat her with the love of Jesus.

Raising kids to be God fearing and God honoring adults is hard work. I’m so glad that He’s given us everything we need for life and godliness…

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