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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Where Is Your Brain?

Bath times in my household are always something to look forward to. The kids get to play for a half hour or so with their favorite action figures while washing dried up peanut butter off their faces and getting their marker stained hands ready for tomorrow's "artventures". It is also during these times when I can just sit down on the bathroom floor with a good book or magazine. Kids get their play time, and mommy gets her down time.

One night, while my three year old was in the tub, he gleefully looked down and pointed to his "cheerful wiener" and exclaimed, "Look mommy! This is my brain!" Stifling a laugh, I asked "Why is your brain down there?" I then pointed to his temple to correct him and said, "Your brain is up here." "Up here? not down here?" he innocently asked. "Yes" I repeated and he left it at that. Now, each time I ask my three year old "Where's your brain?" He smiles, points to his temple and says, "It's in here!"

Children say the darndest things but we have to admit that their innocence and curiosity brighten up our day. So, to further add sunshine to your day, here's a list that I think will tickle your funny bones...

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A Sunday school teacher asked her class, "What was Jesus' mother's name?"
One child answered, "Mary."
The teacher then asked, "Who knows what Jesus' father's name was?"
A little kid said, "Verge."
Confused, the teacher asked, "Where did you get that?"
The kid said, "Well, you know, they are always talking about Verge n' Mary.''
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KIDS IN CHURCH
3-year-old Reese:
"Our Father, Who does art in
heaven, Harold is His name.
Amen."
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A little boy was overheard praying:
"Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it.
I'm having a real good time like I am."

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After the christening of his baby brother in church,
Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.
His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied,
"That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a
Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys."
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I had been teaching my three-year old daughter, Caitlin, the Lord's Prayer
for several evenings at bedtime.
She would repeat after me the lines from the prayer.
Finally, she decided to go solo.
I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated
each word, right up to the end of the prayer:
"Lead us not into temptation," she prayed,
"but deliver us from E-mail.

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One particular four-year-old prayed,
"And forgive us our trash baskets
as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."

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A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they were on the way to church service,
"And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"
One ! bright little girl replied,
"Because people are
sleeping."

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Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother, Joel, were sitting together in church.
Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud.
Finally, his big sister had had enough.
"You're not supposed to talk out loud in church."
"Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked.
Angie pointed to the back of the church and said,
"See those two men standing by the door?
They're hushers."

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A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3.
The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.
Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.
"If Jesus were sitting here, He would say,
'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'
Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus!"
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A father was at the beach with his children
when the four-year-old son ran up to him,
grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore
where a seagull lay dead in the sand.
"Daddy, what happened to him?" the son asked.
"He died and went to Heaven," the Dad replied.
The boy thought a moment and then said,
"Did God throw him back down?"

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A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?"
"I wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied.
"Just say what you hear Mommy say," the wife answered.
The daughter bowed her head and said, "Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"

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This reminds me of a scripture in the bible that says "Unless you become like little children you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 18:10). This scripture challenges us to see things the way God sees them; to value service rather than fame and glory, humility rather than power. It enables us to be, by choice, a child.

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