"i feel Jesus"
The other morning on our drive to work, while we were stopped at a stoplight, I looked in my rear-view mirror and noticed that Rooney was looking out the window with a huge smile on her face. Now, I've seen this girl smile a lot, but this time in particular really made me pause because she just looked...different. So happy. Glowing. Bright. I can't really describe it. I didn't say anything, just watched her in the mirror. Not long after, she turned and looked at me and said, "I feel Jesus!" It was seriously amazing. We talked about how awesome that feeling is and how we can feel & hear him if we look & listen for him.
For us as parents, there is nothing better than knowing our baby girl feels Jesus. She prays regularly and considers him one of her best friends. Here is what her bedtime prayer has been for the past several weeks (I recorded a video to keep forever):
"Dear Lord Jesus, this is Rooney. Can you make sure all of the angels watch over all of the people in the whole wide world until it's time for everybody in the whole wide world to wake up? Kids and daughters and sons and babies and adults. Can you make sure all of Rooney's doors stay locked? Can you make sure no robbers come in anybody's house? Can you make sure everybody in the whole wide world is safe? Can you make sure Rooney's not dreaming about there's a spider in her house? Can you make sure Rooney's not dreaming about that somebody's gonna cut her whole body? Can you make sure Rooney's not dreaming about that there's an alligator under her bed? Make sure Rooney's not dreaming about that there's a truck or skid loader or car gonna drive on her. Dear Lord in your name Amen. Dear Lord Jesus this is Rooney again. I have a lot of owies all over my body, can you please heal them up very quickly? Dear Lord in your name Amen."
She always does it in two parts like that and I can tell she finds comfort in praying to God and believes that he will protect her & her bedtime dreams. I credit a lot of this to the fact that she goes to a Christian daycare & preschool that incorporates prayer, but of course at home we pray a lot for big and little things, and we make church & Sunday school a priority. I pray that her faith is always this strong and that she is a light to others like she is to me!