Confession: I have an addiction to Children’s books. Particularly ones that point children to Jesus.
One of our family’s favorite “dates” is to head to the local bookstore after dinner to spend time wandering the bookshelves. Of course, the kids’ favorite part is the chocolate cupcake they get to share while Mom and Dad enjoy some coffee, but they do enjoy exploring the children’s book section too. Many times, we find books that we “can’t live without” which are either purchased or added to our Amazon “Wishlist” to consider purchasing at a different time. Often the book I find that I “can’t live without” is an illustrated children’s book.
For Mother’s Day, I received a children’s book entitled “Maybe God is Like That Too.” It’s a sweet little story of a boy who asks his grandmother if God lives in the city where he does. She answers telling him that wherever he sees the Fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control – he is seeing a bit of God. As the story continues, the boy goes through his day encountering each of these attributes and wonders “Maybe God is Like That Too.”
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
This book has quickly become a favorite in our family. My son has requested it every night for a week!
As we have read it together, we’ve begun discussing different parts of the book which has lead to some awesome conversations. On one page the boy experiences joy as he is swinging – which is one of my son’s favorite things to do.
“Judah, do you feel joy when you are swinging?”
“What’s joy, Mommy?”
“Well, it’s being super happy. Do you feel super happy when you swing?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Do you think God is like that? That when we feel joy we are feeling part of God?”
It has now evolved into conversations of – “Where did you see kindness today?” “What made you feel loved today?” Each of my kiddos will tell of where they experienced kindness or love, etc. or when they were loving or patient with others throughout the day.
I love how something so simple as reading a beautiful children’s book has become a great conversation starter for my kids helping them to recognize Christ all around them. It is also teaching them to value these attributes as part of the way we choose to live ourselves.
Okay, Mom and Dad, what children’s books have you come across that you simply love? Perhaps they have been great discussion starters for your family. I’d love to hear about them and the ways they’ve inspired your family!
Father God, thank you that You are all-consuming love and joy. Peace and Patience. Kind and Good. Gentle and forever faithful. And You are in control of all things. Thank you, that we can see You as these attributes are expressed around us. As Your Spirit dwells inside of us and our children, may these characteristics be manifested in the way we live. Thank you, Father. Amen.