Over the last couple of months, parenting has been more difficult as we've settled in to our new living space and City but it's also come with some great rewards as we see our kids take on new understanding of God and how he works and as we've witnessed transformation and growth in their lives.
One such thing happened this week. We started homeschooling this week and while it's mostly gone really well, there have been some attitude issues and hurdles we've had to work around. Thankfully it has all been things I was expecting and was prepared for.
Tuesday was one of those days where Sophia just really didn't want to do her work and gave me quite the attitude about it. We recovered and she did her work and that was that...but that night as I went in to say goodnight to her, I realized that maybe she'd been thinking about it a bit more.
Her first words to me were "I'm sorry about my attitude today, Mami." And then she proceeded to ask me if Jesus' heart broke when we did bad things. I answered her that yes, he is disappointed and sad when we make bad choices.
"So, his heart is better now that I said I'm sorry?" she asked. I explained that yes, in part, but that she also needed to say she was sorry to him. So we prayed and she repented and it was so special. Then, half way through her prayer, she paused and said she was trying to think of the right word.
"Ok I have it....but it's an adult word and I'm embarrassed." A bit fearful of this "adult" word, I told her she could say anything to Jesus....She started to giggle and said, "Jesus, I just want to praise you!" I was over joyed and pleasantly surprised/relieved! :) I told her that was beautiful and Jesus loves to hear that.
"Mami, I think I want to say it again!" And then, loudly with excited proclamation in her voice, "Jesus! I just want to praise you!"
The joy as I mother that I felt in that moment was inexplicable and beautiful all at once! I'm absolutely loving this new chapter with her where I watch her make her faith in God her own and I'm treasuring the dialogue we get to have along the way!
Definitely the highlight and biggest blessing of my week! :)