Reinyel with his older brother Renzee
Last night I was surprised when Reinyel, my granddaughter volunteered to sleep with me in my house. Why surprised? Because she always refused my invitation to sleep with me whenever my niece Che-Che (my usual companion) goes home to her place. Instead, my grandson Renzee (his older brother) sleeps with me. Anyways, I understand her refusal because she is not used yet to sleep in another house. She is still 8 years old and treated as a "baby" in their family being the only girl among the siblings. And last night was the first time we slept together.
Well, usually in my room I turn off the lights when we are watching TV its because of the glaring lights and it feels uncomfortable with my eyes. When we were about to sleep I saw Reinyel reading a book with only the illumination of the TV lights, so I told her to switch on the lights so she can read very well. And you know what? I was amazed because what she was reading was her Bible. I found out she is used to read her Bible and pray before she goes to sleep. I never expected that at her age she is already faithful of her spiritual life.
I praise her parents for that, its really one of the most important things they have imparted to Reinyel letting get into the habit of having a daily devotion with God. This is one spiritual discipline or exercise that can really help her in every aspect of her life.
In the future, parents can not always be with their children to guide and lead them BUT HAVING GOD as their guide, nothing else would matter.
I just hope that this habit of Reinyel can be built in her continuously until she will turn to be a grown up lady and faces the challenges of life. Proverbs 22:6 says "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old not turn from it."(NIV)