There is nothing quiet and uneventful about our family dinners, and this was no exception. My mom and stepfather were visiting from Florida, and everyone had gathered to say hello.

When we sat down at the table, the noise settled to a dull roar as mouths were occupied with a smorgasbord of good eats. This is when Riley saw her opportunity. She wanted to tell us the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors that she had learned at church that day.

Encouraged by the enthusiastic nods from a table full of adults, she went on to tell an abbreviated version of every other Bible story she could recall, not as if it were pretend but like it was as real as front page news. She was on a roll!

Realizing that this could go on indefinitely and could interfere with his plans for dessert, Uncle Colt, our 17-year-old son, asked her if she knew the story of David and Bathsheba. All of a sudden, 10 adults were trying to change the subject.

After the laughter settled down, I realized why it is so true that a “child shall lead us.” Riley’s faith reminded me that God wants to be present tense in our lives and we should have an excitement to share about Him because He is more real than anything else in life. I’m so thankful that God uses our children and grandchildren to remind us of His greatness.

Darcy Kimmel has a heart for encouraging and equipping women to maximize their unique callings in life. Her greatest joys come from her own relationships. Darcy and her husband Tim have a passion for family and together founded Family Matters, a ministry dedicated to “equipping families for every age and stage of life”. Darcy speaks with Tim around the world regarding marriage and parenting issues and has co-authored several books and video studies with him on parenting, grandparenting and family relationships.