Jehovah Elohim (Part One)

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein

I wish this quote meant as much to me when my older two were smaller as it does now. I was a bit of a realist. I didn’t want to “do” Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, because I didn’t want to feel I was lying to my children. I didn’t want to make them believe in something that couldn’t possibly happen. Kris disagreed with me. Even my father, a pastor, disagreed with me. So, every year, Santa comes down a chimney here. And, this year, an Easter Bunny will leave little gifts.

I didn’t tell them an Easter Bunny gave them anything last year. I told them it was from us. John Henry came home from church in tears. “Why didn’t the Easter Bunny come see us? He came to see all of the other kids.”

The realist in me just wanted to tell the truth. And, I certainly didn’t want to take away from the true meaning of Easter.

But, this idea of “realism” can do just that. It can take away the meaning of Who God really is.

Jehovah Elohim.


Jehova Elohim formed the world with His words. Since we are created in His image, we are also creators. Likewise, we form our world with our words. We create the chaos. We create the blessings.

With. Our. Words.

So, if God, by nature, is a creator, that means He is creative. Yes?

Creativity is inspired. It’s inspired that believing that ANYTHING is possible. And, when we believe that anything is possible, we aren’t afraid to create. To do. To be.

As a mother, I am making some changes in how I inspire my children. We will read fairy tales. We will read stories in the Bible that, well, seem impossible. We will get excited in a few days when a little bunny delivers surprises.

We are creators. Inspired by believing in the impossible. Inspired by believing we can make a difference in the world. Inspired by the One who thought of us long before He created this incredible world.

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” – G.K. Chesterton


Filed under Chasing Dreams, Kid Stuff, making an impact, Motherhood

3 responses to “Jehovah Elohim (Part One)

  1. Lori B.

    Good point. Our faith is like a muscle we must develop and exercise. Maybe kids who are allowed to believe in “fairy tales” (Santa, etc.) are getting a head start on the skill of believing without seeing… a challenge every Christian struggles with at some point! Eventually our children will want a straight answer, because they become old enough to feel in their spirits the difference in faith and fantasy. That’s when those teachable moments present themselves. But by then the “muscle” has been significantly strengthened- they have practiced believing in the impossible:) Thanks for another insightful & thought provoking post my friend- so glad the Creator created you!

  2. I had a convo about this type of thing with a mom who was very passionate that she must never lie to her kids or have them believe in something they couldnt “prove”. She also didnt want them thinking that God was like Santa, a fictional lie. I could see where she was coming from, but I disagreed stating at some point, my children must step out on faith that God is God and He is here. I can point to a lot of “evidence”, but ultimately it is faith. My kids have already made that leap – with Santa, the Tooth Fairy, with their imaginary friends. I think the faith will come easier – muscle memory. They will also be more readily able to believe Our God can and DOES do the impossible and the miraculous. Jesus couldnt work miracles in his own town because the people wouldnt believe – I want Jesus to be able to work miracles in my children’s lives because they DO believe!!

  3. I love this perspective. Thanks for sharing!

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