Janet Roller - Living Oak Ministries

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Hi. I'm Janet Roller: wife of one, mother of two, lover of coffee and writer of songs. I have just finished my first fiction novel and I'm looking forward to watching how God uses the simple story to minister to others. God is a big deal to me. My goal each day is to wake up and declare, "This day is Yours, Lord. Show me what to do with it."

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bedtime Revelation

I know I haven't been terribly faithful to this blog lately. Anything I feel inspired by...I'm throwing in the book I'm working on!

Had to share this, though...

Last night during bedtime prayers, I was bragging on Sam about how proud I was that he was behaving in school. See, we've had an interesting school career so far. Last year, in FIRST GRADE, he was suspended for 1 day for repeatedly talking in class. A BIT extreme in my opinion but...that's another post.

Anyway, the conversation was kind of like this:
"Sam, I am so proud of you for doing so great at school. I already knew you were smart...but I love that you are now being respectful and behaving in class."

"Well, a person can be smart and not be good. It's not about the brain - it's about the heart."

"You're right, Sam."

Sincerely, he very seriously added, "Sometimes when I do good things my heart is clean. When I my heart is dirty, I don't do good things and my heart needs to be washed in the washing machine. Then I can do good things again."

Stunned by the profoundness of this 7-year-old's revelation, we said good-night.

Sam's right. When we act with a clean heart, God enables us to "do good". God is the washing machine. My prayer today is to have a clean heart so I can act in a way that is pleasing to God - not just from my head - but from my heart.

Good stuff.


Runner Mom said...

From the mouths of babes! Sam is SO on target! Hope you have a great day, my friend!


Chatty Kelly said...

Loved your post.

And loved your poem at my post for the blog make over contest! Thanks for entering.

Your photo is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Going to go snope around your blog now. Have a great day. Good to met you!

Beverly Lewis said...

Hi there. I clicked over from Chatty Kelly's. I want to hear some music clips but couldn't get your website to come up. : ( Just wanted you to know. I'll check back.

Celly B said...

How wonderful that your son already knows this lesson. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Amy Jo said...

Don't you love it when God speaks through our kids? So humbling, to say the least! I'm dropping by from Lysa T's blog to say "hi!" What a beautiful picture of you! Praying God's sweet and abundant blessings upon you, your family and your ministry! :-) Amy in OR