savoring the final days

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I’ve been savoring the final days with Evangeline at home.  She ‘graduated’ from preschool last week and her sisters have a few weeks of school yet, so, it’s just her and I for a few weeks with a nice, open schedule.

Running an errand today, I made a point to savor her passionate singing in the car … as she sings along with whatever song is on the radio.  It’s amazing that she knows most of the words to most of the songs … but even if she doesn’t, she fakes it well.  The passion, the facial expressions … priceless!

So, today at lunch I had the Getty’s kids cd playing, (Words Jesus Said), which is basically scripture put to song.  The song about Zacchaeus came on and she  says, “I know about him … he stole money from people!  I’ll go get my bible, you can read it!”  And she did … and I did.  We read Zacchaeus, the Prodigal Son and the story of the woman anointing Jesus’ feet with perfume.

The Jesus Storybook Bible is such an amazing bible story book that captures the story and highlights Jesus on every page.  I was hit fresh today with each of these familiar stories as I was forced to look again at the Truth of the Gospel.

“Jesus loved Zacchaeus when nobody else did.  He was Zacchaeus’ friend, even when no one else was.  Because Jesus was showing people what God’s love was like – his wonderful, never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love.”

From the Prodigal son …

“Jesus told people this story to show them what God is like.  And to show people what they are like.  So they could know, however far they ran, however well they hid, however lost they were – it wouldn’t matter.  Because God’s children could never run too far, or be too lost, for God to find them.”

And the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and spilled precious perfume on his feet …

Jesus said of her, “This woman knows she’s a sinner, She knows she’ll never be good enough.  She knows she needs me to rescue her.  That’s why she loves me so much.”

“You look down on this woman because you don’t look up to God.  She is sinful on the outside, but you are sinful on the inside.”

“The more Jesus loved people and helped them, the more Important people and Leaders hated him.  They were afraid people would follow Jesus instead of them.  They were jealous.  And angry . . . Angry enough to kill Jesus.”

Wow!  Quite encouraging words for me today.  Thank you Evangeline for leading mommy to the Word today . . .

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3 responses »

  1. Thanks, Laila, for the encouraging words from the story of Zacchaeus and the Prodigal Son. I’m glad you are enjoying Evangeline at this stage; she will grow up much too quickly as they all do! I have also enjoyed her wonderful “made up” songs and the passion with which she sings them! Enjoy. Mom

  2. Hi friend, I love hearing about your savored moments with Evangeline! We are finishing up the Jesus Storybook Bible (again!) It touches my heart, every night!

  3. Glad you enjoy Vango’s singing too…., she is good at it like you said. My kids also love the ‘Little Zach’ song which is how we refer to Zacchaeus all the time now. Good reminder and encouragement from that story today. When we had her she sang ‘Good Morning God’ on the way to BSF with my kids since they all knew it and we had the CD in. We also love the Jesus Storybook Bible you gave us, Isaac especially likes to read it and make sure he has it for church. So much love that the binding needs some repair at the moment;0.

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