This may be one of the reasons we have a bike path cutting through our front yard.  An addition to the neighborhood I was at first apprehensive about, this black invasion of our privacy, but we use it all the time.  So worth it.  And the kids have taken to practicing their memory verses on it.  We call it sidewalk chalk evangelism.  This is, after all, our street corner.  We’ve claimed it for Jesus.  And if we’re to have God’s words written on our hearts and on the doorposts of our home, then why not our sidewalks as well?
 “I have hidden your word in my heart so that I will not sin against you.”  Psalm 119:11
 “You shod love the Lode (your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and most important commandment and the second is like it: love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.”  Matthew 22: 37, 38
Good job, Birdy.  The whole thing would have taken you days.  I get it.
 Grant (the artist’s rendering of himself)
 the girls: Tess is dancing, but Lucy is probably just at her recital doing something naughty.

Of course our next verse will have to be “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you.”  Matthew 18:15
Because if absence makes the heart grow fonder, then being together all day every day makes it wicked prickly.  But, still, this scritch scratching of chalk on asphalt and little hands covered with dust and a sweet voice calling over the waves of heat undulating down the path, asking me how to spell Psalm is going to be one of my favorite memories of the summer.
This is me being real.  And trying to write God’s word on my own heart so that I won’t sin against him.  And failing so often.  And trying again.  Always trying again.

5 Replies to “sidewalk.”

  1. This will be one of my favorite memories of the summer too, and I wasn't even there. I can see them writing, drawing, and dimple smiling, but what's being written on their hearts is stamped in permanent marker. They are so blessed to have you for a mom, as I am to be yours.

    love you beyond deep


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