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Making Your Moments Count

Making Your Moments Count

Luna jumped up on the counter causing the plastic tooth around her neck to pop open.

“Oh, no,” she said holding up the empty container. “Toothie is gone!”

Sure enough the container that once held the tooth was open and empty.

Not wanting Luna to panic, I said, “We’ll find your tooth. Everything will be fine.”

“What if we can’t find Toothie? What will the tooth fairy do?”

“C’mon. Let’s look. You start over there.”

Luna looked on the other side of the counter while I dropped to my knees in front of the dishwasher. Lord, you know it is only a tooth and Luna really doesn’t need it anymore. But this tooth is really important to her and we would really like to find it. Could we please just find this little tooth? I silently asked God to help us find Toothie.

“We’ll find it. Toothie couldn’t have gone far.”

I had thought about praying out loud. But what if we didn’t find the tooth? What would that do to Luna’s fragile faith?

Finally, it was time to head to Luna’s afternoon activity. I said, “I guess we will keep looking when we get back. Go get your dance bag.”

As Luna started up the stairs, I looked down at the floor. There was a little white speck—Toothie!

“Luna, wait. I found Toothie! Here it is! I prayed we would find it.”

“I didn’t hear you.”

I stopped and slowly stood. I I had messed up. My timidity to pray aloud had weakened the victory. I was disappointed in myself. Why?

  1. I missed a teachable moment.

Teachable moments occur not only with young children – God gives us the opportunity to teach all those around us every day. In this case, Luna is learning to pray and I need to model what it means to “pray without ceasing.”

  1. I doubted that my prayer would be answered. 

I didn’t disbelieve that God could answer that prayer. I just wasn’t sure he would. And what would that do to my granddaughter’s concept of prayer. She is learning to pray about everything.

“Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”   Mark 11:24

  1. I failed to be bold.

My failure to pray aloud and acknowledge that the God of the universe cared about Toothie weakened my testimony. Ephesians 6: 19 says, “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”

Is there some way you can step your faith up to the next level in order to help your child learn to lean on God?

By: Linda Gilden is a freelance writer and editor who prays every day that she doesn’t miss an opportunity to make the most of every moment with her children and grandchildren. www.lindagilden.com.

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One Comment

  1. Great reminder, Linda, of how we need to be aware of those teachable moments that exist in our everyday lives. Not only with our children and grandchildren, but with everyone around us.

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