Last night while we were all praying together, Tyson prayed "Dear God, please let my mom and dad help me ask Jesus into my heart". Whoa! This is something that we have brought up before and Tyson has always said "Nah, I don't want to", so when he brought it up last night it was a little surprising to me. I am still not sure what brought it on, but am thankful nonetheless.
After we prayed, Darin brought Tyson to his bed while I tucked Jori in. Then I crawled up into Tyson's bed with him to talk about his prayer. I asked him if he remembered what he had prayed for and he said "to ask Jesus into my heart" so I asked if he wanted me to pray with him right then and he said Yes! So I prayed and he repeated what I said. It was WAY stressful for me because I wanted to make sure he was getting the point of what he was doing. Apparently I went a little overboard because when we finished and I asked Tyson if I could pray just for him he said "Is it going to be a long, long, LONG prayer like you just said?" : )
Darin came in to check on us after a 1/2 hour (don't worry, my prayer wasn't THAT long! We were just telling each other 'Once upon a time' stories.) and Tyson told him what he had just done. I'll speak for myself here, but while I am THRILLED that Tyson decided on his own to ask Jesus into his heart, I am also kind of scared. I feel this new pressure to make sure that I teach him what it means to believe and to have Jesus as the Lord of your life.
I talked to my parents last night and my mom cautioned me to make sure I don't turn his decision into a scare tactic of sorts. I can see where it would be easy for me to fall into that, to say "You asked Jesus into your heart, so why are you still disobeying mom all the time?", which I know would be a ridiculous thing to say because I have also asked Jesus into my heart and I sin EVERY DAY, but I can also see where I might be tempted to throw it out there when Tyson disobeys.
So pray for the seeds of faith to grow in Tyson and for this mom to be wise in how she cares for her child's heart!