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This Little Light of Mine

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also the Greek. Romans 1:16

In mid July, Emily asked Jesus into her heart in the car as we were driving home from a friend's house. She is only five years old. We KNOW that she does not understand everything about salvation, but we know that this a BIG step toward God for her. We have been talking to her about it and are planning to speak with one of our pastors very soon.
Jesus, Heaven and Hell are on her mind a lot. She has LOTS and LOTS of questions.

Fast forward to last week at school.

She got in the car and said, "MOM, a boy at my table said, butt!" You would have thought this were the worst word in the world. Her eyes were big as saucers as she told me. "He cussed,"

I just said, "hummmm, well............"

Emily said, " I told him that was a cuss word and that he would go to hell." The boy told her that his mama told him that he can say butt and that SHE (Emily) had said a cuss word: hell.

Then Emily said, "Mom I didn't know what to say, so I pointed down and told him that he would be going down there with the devil."

She then told him that he could go to heaven. "I told him that he needed to ask Jesus in his heart and he would go to heaven when he dies."

I asked her what the boy said. She replied, "he said that he did not know that." I told him to just ask Jesus in."

I can't tell you how proud I was of Emily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was beaming.
Now.......was her theology correct? NO! Does cussing send you to hell? NO!! Was her scare tactic the correct approach? Probably not!

But she loves Jesus in the way that a little five year old girl can. Child like faith!

I pray that she will never stop telling others about Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so thankful for her boldness.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


Nancy said…
Way to go, Emily!!
May she always stand up for what she believes in & shares the gospel!!
Kimberley said…
so precious! i hope her light always shines!!
Laurie that's great! You're so right...tactics may be a little off, but theology is RIGHT on! And, let's face it...even adults can have the wrong tactics sometimes!
Ryan V. said…
What a sweet girl! Very bold in her faith for a 5 year old! You must be so proud! :)
Tracy said…
That story made me cry! I love that child so much and am so proud of her!
The Timbs Clan said…
Romans 1:16 is one of my oldest daughters favorite bible verses and she puts it on her Facebook as her status at least once a week!! She is for sure not ashamed to be madly in love with Jesus!! Emily is just precious
Kelly said…
I'm so proud of that girl!!!
Way to be salt and light Emily!!! You and Steve should be very proud!!!!!
Karen said…
I'm crying and laughing at the same precious!!
Anonymous said…
I was raised to know that Jesus was real and that there was a heaven and hell. At 13, I got saved. Don't get me wrong, I have fell out of church BUT I'm still a God Fearing woman. I still know that he is very real and that he saves our souls if we ask. I think that stays with you your whole life. I think it's awesome that at such an early age she knows and loves Jesus. That just shows what a fantastic job you are doing as parent.
Stacy Kinard said…
How proud you must be! I pray to have that child like faith! God Bless!!
Unknown said…
this is PRECIOUS!!! What a darling Jesus-loving girl you are raising. Such a blessing!!!
Angela said…
I love this! Way to go Emily!
The Petty's said…

I learned a long time ago, that when a child is ready to accept Christ, do not stop them. They may not have all the i's dotted and t's crossed, but they know they love the Lord and want to share. Emily is ready. The rest will come. What a joyous occasion. You and Steve are Godly examples of Christian parents.

Give her hugs from Ill.
Kim said…
Awwwe bless her heart! My five year old says the same stuff to kids/people.
Robin said…
There is no greater joy to a mother than to know her children love Jesus. It's so precious that not only does she loves Jesus herself, but she's also showing her concern for others. Can you imagine how it would have been to have overheard that conversation yourself??
Lauren said…
This is just so so precious!!!!! God has an amazing plan for that sweet girl!!! :)
Jill said…
I loved reading this!! I'm proud of her too! :)

Alex tells a story about when he was little and locked his younger cousin in the closet until he agreed to accept Jesus as his Saviour. LOL Makes me laugh every time I think about it.

You should be proud, Mama!
Kellie said…
That is PRECIOUS! :)
GiGi said…
Laurie...I love it and Emily for letting her light shine!!!
Candi said…
Ha Ha! I love it! Go Emily!!!
Jenna said…
Laurie, I read this when you posted but just realized I never commented! SO proud of that sweet girl!!!! I can just imagine Jesus smiling during that whole conversation!
Hillary said…
Just now reading this....I think child-like faith is the purest form of faith there is. Before the "world" really has a chance to worm it's way in. Such sweet, simple faith. Just believing. I'm so proud of Emily. She's a smart girl and although she doesnt understand it all she obviously knows the most important part. Love that little (big-growing up too fast) girl!

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