Faith Like a Child
I often wonder how much a child comprehends and understands about salvation. There’s so much I want my littles to really GET before they take that step to ask Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of their lives, and yet much of it won’t come until later. As an adult who was raised in a Christian home and saved at the young age of five, I’m STILL learning… But in spite of the head knowledge that I want them to possess, I also know we’re called to have the faith of a child. And no amount of wisdom or knowledge can take the place of pure, unadulterated faith.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith… Ephesians 2:8
Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. Luke 18:17
And so it is without qualms and with celebration that I get to share Ashlynn’s salvation story. I have had the privilege of sharing Devyn, Hudson, and Reagan’s stories, and I’m so thrilled to add the latest installment of our family’s story…
Hudson has a heart for the lost. He desperately wants everyone to be saved and to believe in God. It’s a character trait that I deeply admire in my son.
About two months ago, he started sharing the gospel with Ashlynn. Its an amazing thing to sit in your children’s room and listen to siblings talk about God, Jesus, and the cross. I smiled as Hudson would explain how Jesus came to this earth to die on the cross for our sins. So simple and yet, the truth. Wise words from a seven-year-old’s perspective. Every night that I prayed with them and tucked them into bed, I could count on Hudson asking Ashlynn if she was ready to become a Christian yet. And every time, she shyly shook her head no.
But a mother’s heart knows when the seed has been planted and when its taken root. The questions from Ashlynn increased as she sought answers and reconciled them in her four-year-old heart. And it was on the second night of the new year, as I tucked the blankets around Ashlynn’s chin, that she began one of the most important conversations of her young life.
“Mama? I’m not a Christian yet,” she stated, matter-of-factly. I nodded my head in agreement. “And I need to ask Jesus to live in my heart,” she continued.
Again, I nodded. “Are you ready, Ashlynn Rose?” I asked. “Do you want to pray and ask Jesus to become your Savior?” She smiled and wiggled her arm free of the blanket. She threw it in the air, as though offering a fist pump, “Yes!”
And so there we sat, Ashlynn and I praying together, thanking God for loving her, for giving us His son, and asked Jesus to become the Lord and Savior of her life. After our prayer, I held her close and whispered how much I loved her, how much her God loved her, and how thrilled I was at her decision.
It was in the middle of our prayer that Hudson caught on to what was happening and he called to his sisters in the other room, “Ashlynn’s becoming a Christian! Ashlynn’s becoming a Christian!” His excitement was palpable, and Reagan and Devyn offered their own cheers from their room down the hall. And when I finished the bedtime routine with Hudson, it was his prayer that brought me to tears for the second time that night.
“God, thank you for Ashlynn becoming a Christian. I pray that you and her become closer and closer. And tell the angels to have a fun time celebrating tonight. Amen.” That kid… I tell ya… He has the most amazing relationship with God. There are no pretenses, no right words; just a real, authentic, and personable relationship his Lord.
But I digress.
Ashlynn is thrilled to be a Christian and has run to her Nana, Papa, aunties, and cousins, exclaiming, “I’m a Christian now!” And my favorite, is when she comes up to me, squeezes my side, and looks up into my face, “I’m a Christian now, by the way.” Its as though she’s sharing a special secret with me and the rest of the world, and I pray she’s always this excited to share her news.
Ashlynn Rose, we are so thrilled for you and your decision to follow God. Your earthly family celebrates with you, as does your heavenly Father and the angels. My prayer is that as you grow, your relationship with God will deepen, that the truth and His words will take root in your life. He loves you, so much more than your father and I could ever dream of loving. His plans for your life are good, and I promise that you can trust Him with everything and anything. Rest in His hands, my love. There is no safer place for you to stay. There’s an exciting journey ahead of you, and I can’t wait to see where He takes you.