I have been blessed in the last 22 months with three adorable grandbabies! Anderson, Emma Kate and our newest addition Alexander. Since the day these my precious little ones were born I have sung “Jesus Loves Me” to them as many times as I can in a day. I am no singer, believe me, but I don’t think God cares very much about that and either do my babies.
I have arm motions and facial expressions and I sing this beloved bible song at a zippy pace like the happy song it is and not like a dirge. I was face timing with my little 15 month-old Emma Kate and she said, “Bible”. It sounded more like “bobble” but it was pretty clear! I knew right away what she wanted… “Jesus loves me this I know. For the BIBLE tells me so…”
My heart overflowed! And of course, we sang “Bible” together!
When I sing with my fast-as-lightening 22 month-old Anderson I stop at the last word of each phrase and he sings it. Anderson loves the words, HE IS STRONG because we make muscles with our arms and funny faces!
Three weeks ago when Anderson’s little brother Alexander come into the world I held him for the first time when he was less than two hours old and sang Jesus Loves Me softly into his tiny perfect ear.
I often think of the tiny ears of all my grandbabies and pray that they will be guarded against foul, base and filthy things of this world.
Our family has started to pour into them what is good and wholesome and perfect.
The bible says …
I HAVE HIDDEN YOUR WORD IN MY HEART SO I MAY NOT SIN AGAINST YOU Psalm 119:11
Even at Anderson’s and Emma Kate’s and Alexander’s age, it is important to help them start hiding God’s word in their heart.
And not just them it is important that we make hiding God’s word in our hearts a lifelong habit. When we are tempted or weak we need to be able to call on scripture that addresses our situations and be strengthened and blessed!
In Ephesians 6 God tells us how to dress ourselves for the day ahead. He tells us to put on the “armor of God”. And part of our armor to fight against the evil that will battle us every day is a sword. It is called the sword of the Spirit. Did you know that it is the only defensive weapon we are given and the only defensive thing we will need?
TAKE UP THE HELMET OF SALVATION AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD. Eph 6:17
Our defensive sword is actually the word of God!
In the book of Hebrews, the Bible is called a double-edged sword.
I do not want my precious grandbabies to grow up without the proper weapon to fight evil. And they will fight it I know. God says our fight with evil is daily hand to hand combat!
And I don’t want to be left defenseless against evil either. And I bet you do not as well!
So let’s memorizing scripture so we can stand firm against evil when it comes! Sharpen your sword and hide God’s word in your heart!
For those of you who have little ones, below is Songs For Saplings. It teaches bible verses to little ones. You can find it on YouTube and it is on the Amazon Echo and Google Home too!
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