The Salvation Stick

After seeing the idea on Pinterest, Jen created this bucket of “prayer sticks” to include in our girls’ night-time routines. We wanted to be intentional in praying for specific people and things. It clever, unique, and our girls love it! (Now they close their eyes, pick out a stick, and get all excited!)

Earlier this week, Sophia (4 yo) pulled out the “Salvation stick” — the one that just says Salvation… where we, as parents, get the opportunity to explain what this means to our kids in the most simplest terms. The girls turned to me for an interpretation, and…

…I was speechless. <<Crickets>>

Like a clunker with a burned out engine, I stalled.

Thankfully, the kids probably didn’t think anything of the quick 5-second pause, and Jen stepped in and told them what we believe: God loved us so much that Jesus came to earth so we can have a relationship with Him. It’s not anything we did or can do, but because of His grace and love. 

In a sense I know I was caught ‘off guard’, but I should be able to explain my faith to someone. Let alone explain it at it’s most granular level, right?

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

In any event, I’ll be ready next time my girls select that particular stick. :)


Does your family have any unique ways to include God in the everyday routines?
How would you explain ‘salvation’ to a 4-year old?


  • Moe

    May 18, 2012

    That’s a great idea. Love it!

    I think the reason why you were caught off guard was because you are reading too much Rob Bell and love wins. :)~

    It’s always a good idea to be reminded what Jesus has done. I also think that salvation should never be regarded as something simple. It was something deep, difficult and costly. It shouldn’t be as easy as eating pie. Ooh, I said pie. Now I’m hungry.

  • Cindy Holman

    May 18, 2012

    I was 4 years old when I asked Jesus into my heart. My sunday school teacher had simply planted the idea into my head during class. She said, “when you go home, why don’t you ask Jesus into your heart”? And so I did. Simple and straight to the point. Any child can understand this :)

  • arny

    May 18, 2012

    I wrote a post on this a few months ago on kids asking tough questions. About Jesus death and why. My 5 year old asks all the time. Its tough but we have to try.

  • Matt Norman

    May 26, 2012

    Man I LOVE this idea. I am going to do this for my own kids. I also think that I am going to do this for the kids in my ministry. I can see a bucket with one of these for each kid and children’s worker. Then each week we would have each child and worker pull one and we would take a few minutes to pray for that person. Thanks for sharing.

  • Artie

    April 29, 2016

    Happy Birthday Jen! May all the wishes and dreams you dream today turn to reality. Life only gets better! I, too thought you were twtegy-somenhint. Stay youthful and lovely!

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