Friday, August 17, 2012
The heart of the matter
Warning: rambling post! I have some things I've been wanting to process. It won't be very articulate, but it will be honest!
Nathan has really been on my heart lately (more than normal). I have been thinking so much about him starting school and being away from home all day.
I've realized increasingly over the summer that Nathan is not one to share what he's thinking or feeling. (Unlike me--ha!) It makes me sad to think that I will be less aware on a daily basis of what he's doing. Having stayed home with him since he was born, that will be quite a change for us! I do hope to at least draw the basics out of him--high and low point of the day, etc., but I know I can't have unrealistic expectations. (Not to over-generalize, but is this just a boy thing?!) I did read a neat idea in a book the other day--the author's family does "Mad Sad Glad," where they shared what happened that day that resulted in each of those three emotions.
Nathan went to Christian preschool, but he will be going to a public elementary. Since he won't be getting any biblical instruction at school, Eric and I want to be even more intentional about his spiritual development. Part of Nathan not really talking is that it's hard to gauge where he's at spiritually. We read the Bible every night and he's memorized quite a few Scripture passages, but he does not seem to understand or even be interested in how it applies to his life and decisions. We've heard great things about the AWANA program and plan to sign Nathan up this fall, but I want to be proactive at home as well.
I know he's *only* 5, but I have a real burden for him to desire a relationship with Jesus. I know I can't make comparisons, but I asked Jesus into my heart when I was 4, and I still remember the moment pretty clearly. More than a certain timeline, however, I want Nathan to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
We definitely pray for and with him, but I'm looking for additional ways to challenge and encourage Nathan in the areas I've mentioned. Any insight to offer? Any approaches or materials you've tried with your children (maybe boys in particular) that have been effective at helping them grow in wisdom?And/or drawing out kids who say "I don't know" to most questions of substance? Thanks for your help.