Our Pocket-Sized Joyce Meyer
This is Josie.
Josie came into the world ready to make a statement on October 16, 2008. She brought a whole new dynamic and level of life and fun to our family. She brings energy, strength, and light into every room she enters. Being the 3rd born in our family, Josie has picked things up quickly and seems to have an understanding of things beyond her 4, almost 5 years of life. AND, she is determined not to be left out of any situation. Any. A dear friend of mine has said Josie would be a little Joyce Meyer since she was about 2 years old.
So, I wasn’t all that surprised when Josie came to us about a week and a half ago and said, seemingly out of the blue, “I want to ask Jesus in my heart”. We didn’t approach her, we didn’t sit down with a 100 page curriculum and formally give her lessons……she just knows Jesus is the hub in our family. The center. The focal point….. not just a Sunday gig…..or just Dad’s job. (My husband is the pastor of Lifepointe Church in Louisville, KY). So really, her statement wasn’t out of the blue. We had known God was working in her heart A few months ago after I prayed with each of the kids before bed, Josie started crying her little blue eyes out. She said “that was so good mommy”. She didn’t know how to word it, but she knew her heart was touched. That’s Jesus. That’s Jesus moving in her little heart, tenderizing it to one day respond to His invitation to be her Savior.
We obviously don’t literally want Josie to grow up to be Joyce Meyer (though we love us some Joyce!). We want her to grow up to be the Josie God created her to be; to do whatever He puts in her heart to do. We have prayed almost nightly since we knew of the existence of each of our children that they would accept Christ in their lives at an early age and always walk with Him in a loving relationship. It is the number one prayer of our hearts….Number ONE. It has been beautiful to watch God move in each of our children’s lives uniquely, in the way they are made. Yes, we know there are many years of challenges, growth, and crossroads ahead. BUT, we believe in the God who hears the prayers of children, and blesses them.
“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them. For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then He took the children in His arms and placed His hands on their heads and blessed them.”
I will end with the prayer Josie prayed that night;
“Dear Jesus, I pray to ask you in my heart, and that it would be fun.
I pray you will forgive my sins.
I ask you in my heart because I love you.
In Jesus’ Name,
I love that she prayed for it to be fun. It was honest, pure, and personal. What we can learn from children and their de-cluttered little hearts. It would be just like God to answer that precious prayer and let her have fun serving Him! Jamey and I prayed that very night for God to seal that moment in her heart and memory forever. We prayed she would always know and remember who she is and who she belongs to. Thank You Jesus for hearing not only our prayers, but the prayers of a 4 year old in pig tails.