Conversation heard around my house this morning:
Isaac: I know everything and you don't know anything.
Asher: Nuh Uh! I know everything!
Isaac: No. You don't even know that there are bad guys in this world.
Asher: Yes there are. I mean, no there aren't!
Isaac: There are bad guys in the world so you don't know anything.
Asher: I know some things!
Recently, Isaac has been getting scared at night time. To be honest, I don't think he's really scared, I just think he needs attention after we tell him to go to bed. But he's started asking questions about bad guys. He watched some show at my parent's house about dinosaurs and apparently there were these purple bad guys that wanted to kill all the dinosaurs. Isaac asked me if they are real. I had no idea what he was talking about, but I told him if they lived while the dinosaurs were alive, then they probably don't live today, because dinosaurs are extinct.
We talked about that for a while but the conversation turned to real bad guys. Isaac asked if there were real bad guys living now. I told him there was. But we don't need to be afraid. I told him Randall and I would always be there to protect him and even if we weren't, God was always with him. I gave him some tools to fight his fear. I told him he can always pray, asking God to take his fear away.
The boys and I attended Community Bible Study (CBS) for the first time this year. It's a good, in depth Bible study, with an excellent children's program. The first Bible verse the kids learned was Luke 1:13. They learned it as they sang the verse to the tune of Frère Jacques. "Do not be afraid, do not be afraid. Your prayers have been heard, your prayers have been heard. Luke 1:13. Luke 1:13. Do not be afraid. Your prayers have been heard."
The boys have been singing this song for almost a year now. Asher tells Isaac to sing it when Isaac is scared. Asher sings it to himself when he's alone in his room. I'm so thankful for the strong biblical foundation I was raised with. I want to instill that same love for scripture in my own kids. It's true, it's useful, and it's comforting to know when you're afraid of bad guys.