Michelle Justavino (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

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"My older daughter just had a birthday, her younger sister was quite upset that she wasn’t getting any presents. She even tried to get her older sister to switch places with her (can you tell we watched Freaky Friday not too long ago?) 

At dinner last night she told us, in her absolute cutest voice, that she had asked her teacher to pray with her so that she wouldn’t be jealous. All of us about spit out our drinks, laughing at the cuteness of the situation.

Later that night I felt convicted. Oh, so very convicted.

My 5-year-old daughter was having a problem, which I did not see as a problem, but she did. One of the key values that I want to teach my daughter is dependence on Jesus. Yet, instead, when my 5-year-old, unprompted took her problem to Jesus, I responded by laughing at the cuteness of it all. Mom fail!

One of the key values that I want to teach my daughter is dependence on Jesus.

It was then that I knew that had to go back to my daughter. We talked about how she had a problem, how she took that to Jesus, and how I know that this touched God’s heart. I told her that it is important to always take our problems to God, and how I was glad that she is learning that from a young age. We ended by praying together. 

As this second interaction ended, I was no longer laughing, rather I found myself filled with hope. My daughter is listening, and she’s learning to depend on Jesus."