Yesterday, Hunter, Haley and I were coming home from getting allergy shots. In conversation we manged to start talking about “bad words.” So I asked the question, “Do you guys ever hear people at school using ugly words that they shouldn’t be using?” Since they are now in 2nd and 3rd grade in public school, I figured there was a really good chance they had heard a few. I wanted to remind them to use those moments as opportunities to be different. They could be the light of Jesus to their friends by not conforming and so on. You get it, I had my profound mommy speech all planned out. When they both answered, “Yeah we hear people saying ugly words all the time mom.” I could feel myself tensing up a little. A side note to this is that I pray for God to protect their purity- body, mind, and soul on a regular basis. So I went on to ask what words they had heard. Haley spoke up, “Well the “D” word, the “S” word, the “B” word, and the “Sh” word.” By now, I’m trying to remain calm. I’m sure you’ve figured out how I was filling in the blanks. I asked, “Well what words are they using exactly? What “B” word did you hear them say?” Haley goes on, “You know, like butt is the B word.” And she was looking down this whole time like she was embarrassed. I felt a huge sigh of relief and a big smile on the inside. She continued, “And stupid is the S word, and dumb is the D word…” Hunter chimed in, “And shut up is the Sh word.” I almost laughed. But I kept my composure, because I didn’t want them to start asking why I was laughing or smiling.
My heart was so relieved and blessed that it could have been so much worse. I know it’s only a matter of time until they’ll see and experience things of the world, but God truly is answering my heartfelt prayers for my children. It’s neat to see His faithfulness in those little things. Thank you Jesus that nothing in my life or the lives of my family is too big or small for you to care! “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”1Peter 5:7