I've mentioned before that Sarah goes to AWANA at one of the churches here in town. We're really, really proud of her. She has memorized massive amounts of scripture, all the books of the Bible, and most recently, the 23rd Psalm. She's great at memorizing, but what I've been so impressed with is her ability to really learn and remember it.
Last Saturday, Will found a gum dispenser that he got for his birthday. At one time it was filled with gum. Lots and lots of gum. Seems Abbey found it and has been gradually consuming the gum (and hiding the dispenser in her secret hiding place under the back of our recliner!) Will was pretty disappointed when he discovered that his little sister had chewed all of it. I had a little talk with Abbey and explained to her that is eating Will's gum was "stealing"--taking something that didn't belong to her. Sarah was observing all of this and started spouting scripture..."Let him who has been stealing, steal no more..." And she was very serious in her tone towards Abbey. Last week, I was joking around with Sarah about something silly, and she looked at me and said, "Mom, you deceive yourself and the truth is not in you..." It was all I could do not to laugh at her. But what she was saying was actually quite true in that moment! Hiding God's word in your heart...that's what Sarah's been doing. It's neat to see her pull those verses out and quote them...in the context of the situation. She was also pleasantly surprised that she could repeat another verse along with our pastor on Sunday. Way to go, Sarah!