My husband, Kevin, and I are parents to Abigail Grace who is 10, soon to be 11. When she was born, and up until about four years ago, in appearance, she was a mini-me from the straight brown hair and eyes, to the chubby cheeks. I have held pictures side by side of me when I was her age and aside from the polyester, it’s hard to tell which one is from the 70s.
Her personality, however, closely reflected that of Kevin’s. Her sense of humour, food preferences, and mannerisms were uncanny.
Although still influenced quite a bit by us as her parents, we see that Abby is becoming her own person. She has ideas and thoughts that neither of us has had any influence over. We often sit and marvel at the way she processes ideas about life, God, and what it means to follow Jesus. She has plenty of questions and we know that a lot of her views stem from what she learns at kidmax. But most importantly, we see that the Holy Spirit is working within her.
Recently, I have had some conversations with Abby about why she wants to follow Jesus. There are times when what she asks really challenges us as adults who have been following Him for years. I believe that’s how God helps parents learn as well. What an amazing opportunity to learn more and really grow in our faith by making room for the questions and learning from someone who has lived a short life so far.
Abby has become a compassionate girl and talks about wanting to help others feel like a part of society. She likes to see everyone feeling like they belong and are important.
Our hearts long for Abby to resemble her Father and live a life that’s pleasing to him. We want her to walk through life with eyes wide open to the hurting people around us and have authentic relationships that reflect Jesus’ love. We try to teach her that there will be struggles and challenges in life where she will seek God more than ever, but never to forget that He is with her always and knows every emotion she is going through.
So, although I’m a bit disappointed that she’s not into zombies and horror films like me, and doesn’t quite share our obsession of movies and Burger’s Priest, she is seeking Jesus and trying to live a life that reflects his love. What more could earthly parents ask for?