{Parenting} Do you believe?

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by Cindy Morrone

We were reading and learning about obedience and looked to two examples in the Bible. Jonah’s example of disobedience (book of Jonah) and how the Lord dealt with him. And then we looked to the story of obedience shown by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (found in the book of Daniel) and God’s miraculous protection and deliverance for them.

Swallowed by a “great fish” (Jonah 1:17)? Thrown into a fiery furnace escaping without even smelling like fire (Daniel 3:27)?

Could it be true? Do you believe?

I asked my precious ones these very questions.

The responses were not the same but both were laced in childlikeness. There was a wanting to believe but as their growing minds wrapped around these ideas there was a check with their reality. Had they ever seen someone swallowed by a big fish and then be vomited up onto dry land? (Jonah 2:10) Had they ever experienced such danger as to not be harmed?

They asked, “Do you believe, Mama?”

I answered the only way I knew how…..”yes.”

Another question, “How do you know Mama?”

“Because I have experienced His miracles for myself.” “You know Mama couldn’t have babies in her belly, but sitting right in front of me are two of His precious miracles!”

They both smiled; a deep smile; a solidification of faith.

Our God is personal, and I have experienced His workings in my own life. Workings that are miraculous! Our own family is living proof. Miracles happen even today as they did in Jonah’s, Shadrach’s, Meshach’s, and Abednego’s life time. Whether it is daily provision, a friend who knows it’s time to pray for you, healing or a barren woman with children.

I could answer with confidence because I know Him personally and all that He has done for me and I can’t help but share!

“Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30 & 31)

Dear Heavenly and Gracious Father,

I can’t help but praise You for all You have done for me! For showing me who You are! A Father to the fatherless, the broken hearted, the lonely, the desperate, the obedient and disobedient. You amaze me each and every day with Your love, grace and mercy! May Your Name be praised always! Help to open our eyes to Who You are and all You do for us; always! Jesus help us to teach our children Your ways and let their faith be their own; that is our heart’s greatest cry for them! We ask for wisdom, grace and mercy to exemplify You to our precious ones. We ask all these things in Your Son’s holy and precious name. Amen.

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