my emilie lead the bell choir today at church. she is 9, and she lead the bell choir!! here is a sweet conversation emilie and i had this evening-
"emilie did you enjoy leading the bell choir today?"
"yes, i really liked it. it was a really neat experience for me to get to lead, and i am just a kid."
"you are a good leader."
"do you like to play the bells, as much as you liked leading?"
"oh yes! i really like to play."
"you are a good leader and you are a good follower too. it is important to be a good follower. being a good follower makes you a good leader. do you understand?"
" i am proud of you. you are learning this lesson young. i have just begun learning this lesson in the last few years. don't forget it emilie, remember these lessons you are learning."
"thank you. mommy, do you know what i didn't like about leading?"
"i didn't like that i was getting all the recognition for leading, but the team wasn't getting any, and they are the ones that played."
"hmmm, emilie, that makes you a good leader too, you see that it takes the whole team to make it happen, everyone doing their part."
"emilie i am proud of you. not just because you did a great job leading today, but i am proud of your heart, and the shape it is taking."
"thank you. mommy, did you ever get to have an experience like this when you were 9?"
"no emilie, but watching you today was my experience. seeing MY little girl honor and bless God, serving Him with her gifts, emilie that was my experience."
i am a blessed mommy ! and even as i type that i wish that i could express to you the magnitude of those words. God is good, HE is the EVERLASTING GOD, and has BLESSED me with the desires of my heart! i did nothing to deserve this life. all i can do is marinade in His many, many, many, many, many, many.... blessings!