Like in many other homes, The Jesus Storybook Bible is a favorite for both my children and myself. Sally Lloyd-Jones does a great job at walking the fine line of writing the biblical stories in a simple way without losing the clarity and depth of the truths found in God’s Word.
I just heard a radio show where she was interviewed. She talked about her latest book, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing. The interviewer asked her why she wrote this book. She said her niece was being bullied in school and she wanted her to have a devotional that would help her see what God has to say about who she is in Him!
We have been learning lots of life lessons the past few weeks. One of my sons was recently involved in an activity where he was being harassed by a child 5 years his senior. My son enjoyed the activity, but his experience was clouded by the actions of this boy. One day I picked him up and he said “I feel so bad about myself because of all the names this boy calls me.”
As a homeschooler, bullying is one thing we don’t come across much. This experience has helped me understand how helpless a parent can feel when their child is being bullied in school. My heart broke when I looked into my child’s eyes and heard him tell me these words. I know his heart, his gifts, how unique the Lord has made him, how awesome he is. I was so angry to hear about how this 13-year-old boy, even if for a moment, was making my son doubt his self-worth. I couldn’t find the words to counter-act the effect they were having on him.
Needless to say, we pulled our son out of this situation, especially since the adults involved where not taking appropriate action. Now, we are using this experience to teach him and his brothers bigger lessons:
• How can we implement Jesus’ command of loving our enemies? What does that look like?
• How can we be a light, in this situation for the boy in question and those around?
• Where do we find our identity and our worth, in spite of how others treat us or what they say about us?
This last one is a big one. This is one I am still learning myself! What an awesome thing to learn with my children! To find our identity and worth in Him; to learn to see ourselves the way our Savior sees us! What inner peace this will bring them, and me!
I am thinking this will be a nice gift to give to the boys for Christmas. I look forward to reading this book with them, and together learning to embrace God’s grace! As it helps us search the Scriptures, I look forward to learning to appreciate the Gospel in a much more practical way with my children…and truly celebrate Jesus’ gift to us…His unconditional love!