This past year I've been attending Bible Study Fellowship. I take the kids too, and they have a program for them while I'm in the adult study. One of the genius things about BSF is that they teach the kids the same thing as what the adults are going through. At first, we were going through Acts and each week I would tell Elisa what my "story" was about. She would look at me with wide eyes and say, "We had that story too!" Lately the adult study has been going through different epistles, so it's a little harder to know what they are talking about with the kids.
It's been funny to see some of the things they are picking up on in their classes. Last night Jonathan took a little notebook out of Grammy's purse. He told me, "It's the Bible." Then he held it facing out, like an adult doing story time would hold a book so that the kids could see it. And he repeated over and over, "The Bible is a treasure book, it has true words." He has also taken to hopping around the house like a frog, which looks extremely tiring. I'm pretty sure it's a BSF strategy to get 2-year-old energy out.
Sometimes the things they pick up on come out in unexpected ways. A few months back Elisa and I were playing a game with a couple of wands from her dress up stuff. We were taking turns waving our wands and then pointing them while saying magic words. We started with old favorites like, "Bippity, boppity, boo" and "Abracadabra" and then progressed to silly nonsense phrases like, "Ella McStella" etc. We had been going at this game for quite some time, and all of our magic words had been used and reused many times, when all of a sudden Leesi pointed her wand and exclaimed, "In the name of Jesus Christ!" It was so surprising, it was all I could do not to burst out laughing. Later I was thinking about this, wondering where she could have gotten this phrase. I decided it must be from BSF. After all, we were going through Acts, and there were probably a few times where people did things in the name of Jesus Christ.