My van has been in the shop for a week now. Apparently, it needs new struts, a swaybar, tie rods, and an alignment. It’s going to cost $1200. I just spent $840 on it in Dec. Sigh…sigh…but, the church did give me that check. So, it’s not like I am really spending $2000 on my van. But still – I’m not happy. But what choice do I have? None. And, like Will said, even if I put $5000 into this thing before it ends its usefulness in a few years, I’m still only paying insurance on a $5000 vehicle.
Sam and Lizzie were baptized a few weeks ago. It was really special. With Sam’s, I could just sense how pleased Paul would be. I hope this was one of those nights where God rolled back Heaven’s carpet. And then with Lizzie, it felt redemptive. Here again, is a little girl that Satan thought was his – and there she was standing in front of the church, explaining how she had come to realize that she needed Jesus. Afterwards, we went out for ice cream as a family.
Ellie has been asking more and more questions about salvation, which encourages me. In fact, one evening last week I had her attention long enough to lay out the entire plan of salvation for her. She had come to me complaining that Lizzie had told her she was going to hell. I don’t want my kids making salvation experiences for that reason alone. I really believe there needs to be some repentance of sin happening for the experience to be real. Ellie didn’t pray that night but she had some good questions. Lately, when I have made comments about praying and how the kids can be praying about this or that, Ellie pipes up, “Well, God isn’t hearing my prayers yet.” Apparently, that’s another gem her sister must have shared with her.