Ephesians 5:17 says, "Understanding God's will for my life."
We had family time "on location" tonight. The kids were very excited to hear that family time would be at the park tonight. When we told the kids we were having Family Time, Alayna's response was, "that's my favorite time." I thought she would say something really exciting about the park but it was about family time.
Gooseberry park in Moorhead has a maze. Michelle and I helped J and A memorize the verse and then we tried to explain the concept of God's general will to them. We explained that God has a plan for life. He wants us to have life and have it abundantly. He wants us to have joy and have it abundantly. J and A then were asked to run through the maze and warned that after they came out the other side they would have to explain why it was like understanding God's will. It's a big task for such young minds and even for our old minds to understand God's will. J and A ran through the maze. J came out right away. A got a bit lost. Daddy sent J back in to get A.
Once they were all out again, we had a brief discussion. I'll summarize for you. God's will is like the maze because some choices do not get us to the goal of an abundant joy filled (not necessarily happy, but joy filled) life which is God's will for us. Sometimes we have difficulty finding God's will on our own and need to have the help of a friend or family member. Mommy and daddy then tried to explain in a way they could understand that we have been trying to understand God's will for us and God has shown us a path that we should take and a path that we should not take. He is good and His love endures forever!
It was a great night! I wish I would have had my camera...there were great photo opportunities during Family Time as well as during play time at the park...the kids enjoyed swinging together on a tire swing and the look on Seth's face was priceless. He felt like a big kid and just adored being able to be just like his big brother and sister! Our family times are priceless moments and memories...