Friday, February 12, 2010

Daddy & Mommy’s Greatest Valentine’s Gift

To put it simply, because words don’t do it justice,

                               Hudson asked Jesus to live in his heart.

Hudson has known the truth for a long time.  He’s talked about it, he tells others about it, and he tries his best to live it.  He tries to “show love” in the best ways a four year old can.  In fact, he most likely crossed the line of faith on his own.  But tonight, he prayed the words. 

We had just finished reading the story of Moses, Pharaoh, and the plagues.  We were talking about the last plague and how the Israelites put the lamb’s blood on their doorposts to be safe.  How the lamb’s blood saved them.  Hudson’s “Jesus Storybook Bible” amazingly weaves the story of how Jesus was and is the center of God’s plan for redemption – even in the Old Testament.

Our conversation followed as this:

Mommy:  Who is the lamb that came later to save us?

Hudson:  Jesus!  He died to take away our sins and save us. 

Mommy: That’s right.  He washes away our sins and lives with us.  He helps us make good choices.

Hudson: But sometimes I don’t Mommy.

Mommy:  I don’t make good choices all the time either, Hudson.  I mess up too.  A lot.  But Jesus helps me make good choices when I listen to him and learn to love him better.

Hudson:  How does he live in my heart?

Mommy:  We ask Him to.  Do you want him too?

Hudson:  Yes Mommy.  I want him to live in my heart forever.

We prayed together, and Hudson said these simple, yet beautiful words.  Words I will never forget, nor will I ever forget the joy and overwhelming gladness in my own heart…

Jesus, please come and live in my heart forever. And ever.  Amen.”

Simple.  Beautiful.  Profound. 

I didn’t cry then, but I did cry after we read a book and then sang a song.  He gets to choose a song before bed, and he wanted me to sing a song called “Jesus in my heart.”  There is no such song that I know of, but he wanted me to sing one.  So we made one up.  And it was beautiful.

As I prayed and thanked God for our little boy who so passionately loves and lives, I began to cry.  Hudson asked me why I was crying and I made sure he knew that it is ok to cry when your heart is overflowing from happiness.  And he thought that was great.

That’s good, because I think he is a pretty awesome and great  little man.

…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.                   Romans 10:9-10  (NASB)

Rejoice with us, and pray for us as we continue to do our best to show our children the Way, the Truth and the Life.


Anonymous said...

Grandmom is crying right now... I am so happy and blessed to have such wonderful children and grandchildren. I am thrilled Hudson has such a great understanding of who Jesus is and that we can live with Him forever! I know one Grandad angel who is smiling now:). I love you all..... Grandmom

Knocker Boys said...

Awesome news! (I think awesome is appropriate in this case.)

Anonymous said...

Reggie & I just shared your GOOD NEWS! And, of course, I cried....PTL!!!! You know your entire family is special to us - Mary

Carol said...

Aww Beth, what a beautiful story, heck, now I'm all teary! Thanks for sharing...

Anonymous said...

Praise God for opening Hudson's heart and mind to the gospel. Jesus said we all must come like little children to Him. Praying for God to finish the great work and water the seeds that found fertile soil in his heart. Love, Aunt Steph

Grammy Lyn said...

My Dear Hudson, I am so happy that you now have Jesus in your heart, forever. I have Jesus in my heart too and now we have the promise that we will be in heaven together for ever and ever. Hudson you will have the arms of Jesus wrapped around you where ever you go.

With happy tears, here is a hug!!!!
Grammy Lyn and Rita

mom mom said...

We just got home and Dad showed me this great news! God was singing over Hudson and the angels rejoicing for His simple expression of childlike faith in Jesus! Thank you Jesus for calling Hudson into your family! What a wonderful Savior!

Flamingo Mama said...

you are right...what a wonderful valentines gift:)