Tonight, on June 14, 2008, Natalie prayed to ask Jesus to come into her heart. It was a very special moment for her and us.
Just a few months earlier, she had been fighting with Nicholas, and acting out very badly. She and I talked about how that was her sin in her life. I asked her if she knew who could help her with that sin, and she said (very angrily), “Jesus!”. To which, I asked her if she wanted to pray and ask Him to help her with it, and she said, “No!” (very emphatically because she can be quite a determined little girl). And I thought, “Oh, great. Here we are missionaries with Campus Crusade and our own child is rejecting Jesus already.”
Well, we talked about it a couple more times over the next few months, but not much. So, tonight, after another round of fighting with Nicholas and being disciplined for it. Natalie was broken for what I think was the first time ever! She was so sad and told me how much she loved me. Then she said, “It was because of my sin, and I don’t want sin any more! I want Jesus to come into my heart. I want Him forever and ever!” She had mentioned this earlier in the week, and I sort of brushed it off, thinking she didn’t really understand what she was saying, and that when I had more time I could go over it with her. So, when she said it again tonight, I thought there might be something to it.
When Jason came in the room, she asked him if she could pray for Jesus to come in her heart. He explained to her what that would mean and stated a prayer that she could repeat after him. Well, right after he prayed, she started praying herself and repeated almost everything Jason said. It was the sweetest thing!