As I started reading, I grabbed Mali and sat her on my lap. Naturally, she started moving around and getting fussy so after a few minutes, I let her crawl around; of course though, my child would find a bag of veggie chips and start eating, but I kept on reading. Mali continued wandering around the room while I was reading when suddenly I felt the Spirit of God tell me to keep doing it because although it may seem like she was not actively listening or paying attention, her spirit was being fed and was receiving the nutrition it needed. That was when I learned that although Mali may not understand or even pay attention for that matter, to what I was reading to her, there was something deeper inside of her that was being fed.
Recently I read in a Bible reading plan that the spirit and the soul are two complete opposites. According to Holy Emotions – Biblical Responses to Every Day Challenges:
Your spirit is the higher part of your inner person and your soul is your lower.
In other words…
The spirit is the life principle bestowed upon man by God and is the part of you that perceives and grasps eternal things. Your soul is the seat of your personality, your feelings, desires, affections, and adversions – the birthplace of the entire spectrum of human emotions.
What I was about able to understand by what the Spirit was telling me, was that as I nourished my daughters spirit with the Word of God, her soul was evolving into who God wanted her to become. So as I sowed that seed of Scripture in her, it would one day reap and she would be the Women of God that God created her to be. That revelation had such an impact on me because (and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has thought this), I’ve always thought she’s too little to understand anyway.
Today I want to encourage mothers of young children to pick up a kids Bible at your local Christian bookstore and begin reading to your child, even if they just wander around the room doing everything else but listening. I promise you that they will benefit from it when they are older. We have to instill that lifestyle into our children at a young age, so that when they are old enough to think and decide for themselves, they can stay on the right path.
Xo, Cynthia C.