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Beth Wegner

This is a great example of why we send our kids to Awana, and, more importantly, how the Word of God applies to our everyday lives, even of our young children. We were driving home from school today with one of my daughters' friends. Their friend was talking about making wishes (e.g., throwing a coin into a well). My girls said, "We don't believe in making wishes...because....Why don't we believe in wishes, Mom?" I told them that we can make wishes for fun, but we shouldn't put our hope in things we wish for. My 8-year-old then perfectly recites, "If we have hope in this life only then we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep." (1 Corinthians 15:19-20) This same child has gotten behind in her Awana workbook, so this was a much-needed encouragement and reminder that the benchmarks we set for ourselves and our children will never inhibit His work in our lives. By the grace of God, through the ministry of Awana, my 8-year-old knows more Scripture than I do. Now we pray that her knowledge of Scripture grows to a true transforming heart change and a life devoted to God.