I love learning from my kids. Lydia and Emma both teach me so much and open my eyes to so many things every day. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to spend each day with them and enjoy them. We make a regular habit to pray with the girls and most nights before dinner. Lydia and Emma both like taking turns to pray and I've actually learned about prayer through their innocent offerings.
Tonight before dinner Lydia wanted to pray. Most evenings I encourage Lydia to pray for 2 things she is thankful for so often her prayers go like this: "Thanks you for this day, for our family and our friends and then she says thanks you for any number of things whether it is a toy, person, activity or just about anything may pop into her little mind to be thankful for. A couple weeks ago when Justin had his surgery and was recovering we often prayed to his "ouchies". Lydia on more than one occasion prayed "Thank you for Daddy's ouchies". Lydia picked up a bit of a cold somewhere this week and has been coughing a lot so tonight at dinner she once again thanked God for Daddy's ouchies and for her cough.
When I hear a prayer that is saying thank you for not good things there is a part of me that wants to correct her but the truth is that the Bible tells us to be thankful, to rejoice in all things. Lydia is actually correct in her thanking God for things that are not so good. Paul wrote the book of Philippians from prison yet the word joy/rejoice shows up more here than in any of his other letters to churches. He is encouraging readers to be joyful in all circumstances. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God." (Phil. 4:6) That verse reminds me just how much Lydia's innocent prayer was a reflection of how God want us to approach Him with childlike faith.