Monday, May 4, 2015

Faith of a Child

Last Wednesday my daughter hopped in the car after school and made an announcement. "I'm signing the Book of Honor tomorrow," she declared. "How do you know?," I asked. "Did your teacher tell you?" "Nope, I just know. It's the last day for a student to sign the book and I haven't been picked yet. So I'll be chosen tomorrow," she said very matter-of-factly. 

Signing the Book of Honor at her school is a big deal. You have to be chosen based on your daily adherence to Sean Covey's "7 Habits of Happy Kids." The habits teach kids important leadership skills and how to work collaboratively. Only a handful of kids from each class get to sign the book -- in golden ink. And they get a medal. Whoa. 

Leah is in the third grade. She's already signed the book twice. My mind immediately started weighing the odds of her getting chosen a third time. "I don't want you to be disappointed, sweet girl." I said. "They may like to give different kids a chance to sign the book this year." "MOM, I'm signing the book!" 

Leah woke up early the next morning and put on her favorite outfit. She wanted to look her best. She marched off confidently. All day I wondered if she got picked. When she got in the car, she wasn't smiling. "They didn't have time to make the presentations," she said. "They're doing it tomorrow... so I'll sign the book then." 

The next day she woke up early again and put on a fancy dress. "What do you think, Mom?," she smiled. "You look beautiful! Just please don't be disappointed if you don't get picked. Remember, you are who God says you are. You are smart, you are kind, and you are loved whether you sign the book or not..." 

On the way to school we prayed and I didn't mention the book. After all, if she didn't sign it, I didn't want her to be mad at God. When I finished she said, "And God, please let me sign the Book of Honor. Thank you. Amen..." And then quickly added, "It's done, Mom. I prayed." 

All day I wondered -- again -- if she got picked. When I arrived at carpool, she was smiling from ear to ear. "I TOLD YOU, MOM! I SIGNED THE BOOK!" Wow! The faith of a child. 

The medal, the dress, the favorite kitty.

I learned something from my 9 year old last week. I decided that while I was waiting for my genetic testing results I needed to be more like Leah. I needed to pray and claim my desired outcome. I needed to believe so strongly that God would answer my prayers that I would "dress the part" and "show up" every morning EXPECTING good news. 

I got that good news this morning. I am officially BRCA1 and BRCA2 negative! That means no double mastectomy, no removal of my ovaries, no fear for my children and grandchildren of a genetic mutation that could cause tumor growth. I've been smiling all day... just as big as Leah. 

Do you pray? Do you expect God to grant the desires of your heart? If it's important to you, it's important to God. Talk to Him today. (I highly recommend The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson if you're interested in learning to pray boldly.)

Go big or go home, 

And Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3


  1. Marcie Wickman TueyMay 4, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    I enjoy your posts so much Emily and your news today and your daughters faith is just wonderful. thank you...

  2. Wonderful news. So very Happy for you. Give Leah a Congratulations Hug from me. Your ending to this post is very moving Thank you for sharing. Prayers, Hugs and Love coming your way from NY.