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#1 of 5 Old 09-04-2002, 11:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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How old was your child when they asked jesus into thier hearts? How did you go about asking them if they wanted to? Did they get it? Do they remember it? How long after did they get babtized (asuming they didn't get babtized as a baby or as part of comfirmation or sme other scheduled event)?

My dd asked jesus into her heart when she was like four (bad mommy didn't write down the date of such an important event) Three days later she had no idea but I think she really gets it now. We talk about it all the time "remember when you asked Jesus to live in your heart and forgive your sins? Oh yeah, Ive done that" But I still don't klnow if she grasps the signifigance of it. Maybe a five year old doesn't have to.

On the one hand I didn't want to push it because I wanted her to decide for herself to be a follower of Christ on the other hand it is my job as a parent to make sure I don't miss an oppritunity to lead her to Christ but I don't want it to be something she did just because she could tell mom would be really happy about it if she did (not that that has ever been her motivation for anything )

For those of you with older children (nursing Mother ) how do you keep this fresh (for lack of a better word) instead of being something they just "did" when they were a kid. i guess it is hard for me because I was a teenager, fully aware of how much i needed Jesus, when i asked him into my heart, so it has always been significant to me. I want it to feel that way for my dd too.

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I don't have any kids yet, but I plan to share my faith with them, and take them to church when they are old enough to go to Sunday school. I "asked Jesus into my heart" when I was 4, and I still remember the day. I know I didn't totally understand everything it meant, but I knew I was so touched afterwards that I cried. My mom had me write my name in my baby book right afterwards and I drew a picture of a heart with the name Jesus in it. The ink is smeared from my tears, and it is something I'll treasure forever.
From then on, God gave me the gift (and I do feel it is a gift) of guilt when I did things wrong. I hated feeling that way, and told on myself all the time. I believe in eternal sercurity, but since I didn't understand that at the time, I kept asking Jesus into my heart every time I didn't something wrong. One day my mom overheard me doing this and told me it wasn't necessary, that I only had to ask forgiveness.
I think it is never too early to talk to your kids about Christ!
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Jenni, your story about the heart streaked with your tears made me cry! What a beautiful memory. Your own children will love to hear that story.
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I asked Jesus to come into my heart when I was seven. I also prayed for forgiveness and "reinvited" him ever single time I did anything wrong. To be honest, it was kind of horrible. I was a walking ball of anxiety, constantly terrified that I would sin without being aware of it, and then die and go to hell. Looking back, I don't think the act of praying the sinner's prayer was useful or necessary. I was raised in a Christian home. I believed in Jesus and respected the Bible well before that small act, and was always a child of God's. Like NM said, I was born into my faith and I grew into it. I was baptized when I was 16 years old -- my own choice -- after a time of spiritual renwal in my life.

My sons are 2 and 6. My youngest was baptized as an infant, and we asked my older son (4 at the time) if he wanted to be baptized with him. We talked to him about what it meant, and how it would be a commitment on his part to be a follower of Jesus, and to learn all he could about his faith, and he agreed. The minister asked only questions to us as the parents, in terms of our comittment to raise him in the church and then had us repeat the apostle's creed. I was surprised to notice my son deliberately answering the questions for himself, and repeating the creed. But I suppose that was good.

We talk about our faith in the same tone we talk about anything else -- science or math, or gardening. The things that are central we speak of as fact, and the when we speak about peripheal or debatable aspects of our faith we say "We believe..." or "some people believe..." We talk about friends we have who don't believe at all, and how we are still required to respect their beliefs and treat them as brothers and sisters.

We don't talk about hell. It would be unkind and frightening, as I well know! We talk about heaven because we trust the Lord will always draw our children to Himself. I have a confidence about that. While I am prepared to see my children explore other beliefs and experiment with their lives, I have a very stable sense of faith about their spiritual destinies. As much as I love them, I know God loves them more.
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My experience has been that just as children love to have the same story read to them over and over, they will often ask Jesus into their heart over and over. There is something about repeation that internalizes the belief. It does not mean that the first time was not sincere, but that it is something so important that once is not enough. This is something that God acknowledged about human nature when He established the traditions of feast and fast days. By remembering over and over what God has done, internalizes that memory as a living part of our lives.
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