I, unintentionally, started a tradition with the girls a while back. When putting them to bed a few months ago, I sang a song, that was very different from the songs we usually sing. I've grown tired of Twinkle Star, You are My Sunshine, etc. So, I sang Jesus Paid It All. It had been in my head that day and so I went for it...really, expecting them to be not pleased. However, Aubrey smiled a content smile and I said, "That was one of grandma Betty's favorite songs." Grandma Betty was my grandma, and what an awesome lady she was. Aubrey then said, "Sing more mommy." So, I picked my brain for old hymns and out came Great Is Thy Faithfulness and My Jesus I Love Thee. Now at night Aubrey ALWAYS says, "Will you sing grandma Betty's songs?" She even called for Brandon one night as I was singing and said, "daddy, you need to listen to these songs so that you know grandma Betty's songs for bedtime." I started a tradition and didn't even know it. Cool!
The first verse and chorus of Jesus Paid it All goes like this,
I hear my Savior say
Thy strength in deed is small
child of weakness watch and pray
Find in me Thine all in all
Jesus Paid it all
All to him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
As was recommended to me, I've been studying Romans 8 the last few days. Verses 31 & 32 say, "If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all --how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things." Jesus paid it all, as the song says, and God didn't spare his own son...but, rather graciously gave him up. What does that mean? It's taken new meaning for me these last few weeks. While yes, it means for those who accept him as Lord and live for him will spend eternity with him, but it also means that the sacrifice was enough for all our sins. It's easy, I think, to be in a trial and feel that maybe you're being punished, as if the trial is punishment for sin. But, if that were so, then what does that say about what Christ did? Maybe that his death on the cross wasn't enough? I don't believe that. Jesus paid it all, remember. His sacrifice was enough for all things. God is for us.
On a funny note, Aubrey returned from VBS last night around 8:30pm. I said, "How was it? Did you have fun?" She said in a very monotone voice, "Yes...it was...but...it really wore me out." Thank you VBS! :)