Deuteronomy 6:6-9 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Most nights of the week I read the Bible to my girls and then we discuss what we have read. Some nights, Lauren is at work or out with friends, so it will just be Portia and Sophie and me. Those nights we go into Portia's room or Sophie's and read on their bed.
I truly love those nights, I think Portia opens up a bit more and Sophie sits there and follows along with her finger as if she is really reading too. They are like little sponges.
Each night we read one chapter or sometimes if it's something they are really getting into I'll read two. I absolutely love Hebrews and I really love chapter 9, I think it's paints a beautiful picture of the blood of Christ and what that means for us as Christians.
When we got to verses 14 and 15, there is the word ransom. I stopped and asked the girls do you know what ransom means? Portia shook her head no. So I said well this is a sad illustration but, if a little girl got kidnapped, the bad guy would call the parents and demand, oh maybe $500,000 and then when the parents pay the money, he would set the little girl free. I said that money is called a ransom. I could see Portia did not like that illustration, but she said... well, like if I was kidnapped would you pay $500,000 to get me back?
Oh be still my heart, just typing that brings tears to my eyes... I said, with tears in my eyes, YES, I would give all I own , I WOULD GIVE MY LIFE to get you back, I would die for you Portia! I would die to set you free!
And in that moment, it was a realization that even my 10 year old got and it sunk in just a bit deeper for me as well, that is what Jesus did for us!! I said Portia how much more is God's love perfect, than my human love for my daughter. Jesus loves us so much he gave his life for us to set us free from sin!
And SHE GOT IT. I saw the click in her eyes. I looked at Sophie who was on the verge of tears cuz mommy was crying and she just looked at me wide eyed with her Bible in her lap. I'll never forget last night.
We went on to talk about sin and how some people don't think they are really sinful and they are good people and they just don't need a Savior. How they think, well I've never murdered anyone and never robbed a bank and I help people so I'm ok. Portia said, but how can they think they don't have any sin?
It's such an easy trap to fall into, well I really am not that bad and I'm better than so and so. But the Bible says... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God~Romans 3:23.
Last night my daughter realized "the good news", that Christs blood is available to all who choose to receive it as payment for their sins.
This is such good news that we should not keep it to ourselves!!
Isaiah 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.