My mom always called the period of time when people are becoming friends the “do you like peas” stage. This is when you are learning about each other’s likes, dislikes, and backgrounds. Spending time in the “do you like peas” stage helps move relationships from just an acquaintance to a friendship.
When I said yes to Jesus at nine years old, my relationship with him was much like the “do you like peas” stage. I didn’t immediately know everything about Jesus the day we became friends. I attended church and learned simple things about him. My Sunday school teachers and parents read the Bible to me and taught me short Bible verses. And as our relationship grew, I wanted to know Him better.
Just like a relationship with a girlfriend, a friendship with Jesus begins at the “do you like peas” stage and develops over time.
I felt Do You Like Peas? was a perfect name for a children’s book because it’s a simple question any child can ask and understand the answer. Becoming a friend with Jesus is the same. He starts with His simple question to anyone who wants to answer, “Do you want to be my friend?”
My hope is that children will read Do You Like Peas? and be inspired to ask Jesus to become their best friend!