Abby was sitting on my lap in Caleb's room and looked out at her neighbor's house. She noticed they took their plastic bunny down from the porch and the following conversation came from that observation...
Abby: " Why did they take the Easter Bunny down?"
Me: "Because Easter is over. But, we should always celebrate it all year."
Abby: "Is it Easter every day?!"
Me: "Well, we celebrate it once a year, but we should always be thinking of what Christ did for us on the cross."
Abby: "You mean how He died for our sins?"
Me: "Yes, Abby."
Abby: "We keep sinning every day, don't we?"
Me: "Yes we do. Abby, does Jesus live in your heart?"
Abby: "No-how could He do that?"
Me: "When you believe that He died for your sins and want to live your life for Him, it means He lives in your heart."
Abby: "I believe that. The leaders who put Him on the cross must not have had Him in their hearts since they didn't believe Him."
Me: "Probably not, but maybe they changed their minds later. Even without the leaders who didn't believe Him, He still would have died for our sins. Even if you were the only one to sin, He would have died for you. That's how much He loves you."
At this point, a song was playing on the computer in the background and she heard the words, "raise it up on Holy ground."
Abby: "Were Jesus' feet on the ground when He hung on the cross?"
Me: "No. They put nails through His hands and feet that kept Him on the cross."
Abby: "Does He still have boo-boos on His hands and feet?"
Abby: "I bet when we go to Heaven we'll see if He still has boo-boos."
Then she looked around and studied the house for awhile.
Abby: "Will we still go to Heaven if we move to a different house?"
Me: "Abby, we could live anywhere on this earth and still be able to go to Heaven."
Abby: "Jesus is there, preparing a wonderful home for us."
Me: "Who told you that?"
Abby: "The Bible. Mom, I'll miss this little house when we go to Heaven."
I could plan lessons and projects to teach her about the good news, but it is the moments like this that matter. Just by sitting down and stopping my busy day, I was blessed with this conversation.