We are taught this, and we know this going through life. Jesus sees us all. He knows us inside and out. God made us with His own hands, and He knows the number of hairs we have on our heads. He knows things about us that sometimes we wish He didn’t know and didn’t see.
How did we learn this, though? We were taught this as small children growing up in the church. This was instilled in is.
As we grew more mature and into adulthood, we understood that Jesus wants a personal relationship with us. Yes, we are to come to Him to ask for forgiveness, which He will grant if we are sincere, repent, and turn away from our sins. If we believe in Him, confess Him as Lord and Savior, Jesus comes to live inside of our hearts, and we are promised the gift of eternal life through Him. Jesus died on the cross for you and for me.
Some times, though, it is hard for little children to grasp the entire concept of Jesus, an invisible man that they are told to trust that watches over them. We have faith although we cannot see Jesus walking the earth. We know He is in Heaven, and we are to trust in Him and believe in Him. We have faith in someone we have never seen before, but we can feel His presence so strongly at times in our lives. I know I have!
What if you had a tool to help make Jesus more real to your little ones? Do you think it would help them to grasp the concept of Jesus more easily if they had something tangible to hold on to? While I know we have crosses that we can give to our little ones to hold that represent Jesus dying on the cross to give us eternal life, I have just recently come across a Jesus Sees Me Doll. When I saw it, I knew that my daughter would love to have one. She enjoys playing with Barbie dolls and regular baby dolls, so I thought why not an actual doll that will teach her about Jesus … with none other than a Jesus doll at that?!
This Jesus Sees Us Doll came with a book that my daughter could not wait to read. She held Jesus in her hands, hugged Him tight, and then sat down with Jesus to read through this book. She liked it so much that she took Jesus to school with her! My daughter attends a Christian school and was so excited to be able to share the Jesus doll and book with her friends. How perfect right before Easter, too! The doll and book may have been invented with preschool aged children in mind, but my ten year old and her fellow classmates LOVED the concept behind it all. The teacher had never seen anything like it before either, and she really liked it as well. I think that says a lot.
My daughter gets scared at night as most children do in their childhood. Whether they are afraid of the dark, despite the night light shining in their rooms, or whether they are afraid that monsters live under their beds, it brought my daughter great comfort to know that Jesus was with her. She said it helped her to feel safer. While she knows that this is just a doll and that the real Jesus is watching over her in Heaven, it did comfort her to be able to snuggle into bed with Jesus right beside her to help her have pleasant dreams. She even carried Jesus with us to Chick-Fil-A recently to eat and watched television with Jesus right beside her. She positioned Jesus just right so He could have a good view of the movie they were both watching. That was very sweet!
If you are not sure what to get your children for their Easter basket this year, why not consider a Jesus Sees Me Doll? It is a tangible item that they can hold in their hands and arms to make Jesus real to them. Yes, share the stories of Jesus in the bible, and yes, make sure they know the real Jesus … but what better doll can they possibly be playing with than a Jesus doll? Think about it! For us, it was the perfect gift, and her little eyes lit right up, quickly followed by taking Jesus into her arms to give Him a big hug.
The one thing my daughter did notice about this doll is that they did not have holes in His hands or feet where they nailed Him to the cross. She commented that Jesus would have scars on His hands and feet due to how He suffered on the cross for our sins. She’s right! That is the only thing I noticed about the doll, too. Other than that, the doll was perfect. His arms are outstretched welcoming your little one to embrace Jesus, and His little sandals on His feet are just precious. I enjoyed looking at the Jesus doll and reading the book myself!
What a great tool to make Jesus real to your little ones! While we don’t want them to have any idols, we just have to explain to them that this doll is not the real Jesus, just like the man in the Jesus movies are not the real Jesus either. They will understand this, and it will still comfort them to have the Jesus doll by their side. They could even have this doll propped up as they kneel down beside their beds at night to say their prayers to the real Jesus in Heaven.
I think this Jesus doll is a great reminder that Jesus is always with them watching over them. Consider getting your child a Jesus Sees Me doll for their Easter basket this year!
A special thanks to Fly By Productions and Jesus Sees Me for a courtesy Jesus Doll.
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