Category Archives: Children

Precious little blessings

“That would make a great picture,” she turned and smiled at me.

I hadn’t seen what she was looking at, out the window, so I asked her what she meant.

“Oh, the guys in the garden with their cowboy hats on.”

I looked and agreed with her.

Our oldest granddaughter looked too and announced, “I put my shoes on!”

I asked her momma if she could go with me to the garden.

As we stepped off the deck stairs her little voice surprised me with a giggle, then she told me why she was laughing.

“Oh! The cowboys!”

I laughed too.

“Yes! Let’s go see them.”

We found Papa setting Bubba down on the metal bench to eat the fistful of green beans he had.

He gladly chopped away while Faye pointed with concern at a grasshopper.

I agreed they are not welcome in the garden, but it would probably leave soon.

She turned to smell a sunflower.

I asked her to do it again so I could get a picture.

When Bubba had finished his green beans, they each found a strawberry to enjoy.

Then my husband walked them to where the carrots are.

He pulled one and the children’s surprise at the carrot popping out of the ground brought smiles to our faces.

Of course our grandson needed to pull his own. (He only had a little help from Papa.)

His was covered in dirt, so I got the hose and began washing it off.

Soon both children and Papa were enjoying fresh carrots.

We decided the tops would be a nice treat for the bunnies and headed over to their cages.

Faye pointed to our female, “The Mommy one! Where’s the Daddy one?”

“He’s hiding right now, but wait, he’ll come out when I put the carrot tops in.”

Of course he did and she giggled.

Next, we went to feed some undersized corn to the sheep and goat.

As Faye petted the sheep she commented, “Soft.”

Papa fed the chickens in the run so the kids could watch them.

Faye pointed to our rooster, “The Daddy chicken!”

“Yes, that’s right. He’s the Daddy, the rest are the Mommy chickens. The Daddy is called a rooster.”

Her attention soon turned to the neighbor’s beautiful gelding.

He’s a pinto and very friendly, but today he didn’t come close.

He’s not used to little children.

She waved at him and told him “Hi!”.

Our grandson had lost interest and they’d already returned to the house, but Faye wanted to check the nesting boxes.

Our son is very good at keeping the eggs picked up, but I told her we could look.

To my surprise, there was an egg.

Faye was glad and as I held it, the warmth against my palm told me it was fresh.

I told Faye, “We will put this one in the carton and you can take it home.”

As we reached the deck and Faye proudly lined her clogs next to our rubber boots, I smiled.

My heart thanked God for His blessings which I’m able to share with our grandchildren.

My husband’s expression told me his heart was also thankful; equally blessed by our time with our grandchildren.

Our daughter related what occurred when she told the children they were going to Grammy’s.

“Their little eyes got huge and they ran to get their shoes on. They were so excited! Then, Faye proceeded to list everyone who lives at Grammy’s house, including the sheep, goat, chickens, and two rabbits!”

I had to chuckle.

Children are such incredible blessings from God.

They have such a unique perspective.

Their joy is contagious.

They are greatly valued by God.

Matthew 18:10 NKJV — “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for the gift of children. You have blessed us with children and now grandchildren. We are so thankful to You for each one. Lord Jesus, please continue to teach us through these precious people. It is in Your Word that we realize just how blessed we are and how each one is a priceless treasure. Lord, only through Your Word and Holy Spirit can we find truth and understanding. Only through Your salvation can we be saved. Only in the security of Your redemption can we find peace. Lord, please help each of us to be an encouragement to the children around us. Please teach us how to value others, how to train and exhort, how to love unconditionally, and how to share You with each one. Lord, I lift up these precious people. Please speak to their hearts, train them up in Your truth, and give them the true understanding of Yourself. Thank You. Amen.

“Not if, when…”

It suddenly became real.

While working through all of this, I’d been holding it lightly.

Just in case the door closed.

I’d even corrected our son’s words, “Don’t say ‘when’. We don’t know if this is going to happen, say ‘if’.”

And it was during his interview he said, “If we get kids-“

Our adoption agent interrupted him.

“It’s when, not if. When you get kids, please continue.”

I was startled by her calm assurance and looked over at her.

She was smiling and seemed to know she was giving us the information we’ve been working at hearing.

Our family is going to adopt from the foster care system.

Just reading it in print is incredible.

We’ve been working on the process of getting approved for months.

But it’s moved out of the maybe into the actual.

It will probably be another 7-8 months before we have children placed in our home, but I’m certain God has a purpose for that time.

As we embrace this new blessing from the Lord, I expect to have plenty of ups and downs.

We are praying for our future children as well as the challenges and blessings this will bring to all of us.

We’d appreciate your prayers as well.

James 5:16 KJV — Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for faithfulness throughout this process. Lord, You know I have really struggled with fear during this and been able to find so much truth and comfort in Your Word. Thank You for continuing to use life’s circumstances to show me my errors and to convict me of sin. Lord, I don’t want to try to control circumstances nor to do things in my own strength. Lord, I don’t want to be puffed up with pride, thinking we know what is best. Please help us to guard our hearts and minds, placing ourselves before You with joy and humility. Lord, please continue to teach us how to walk with integrity through each day, choosing what is right and walking in Your truth. Lord, I know Your ways are perfect and I want to be filled with wisdom, which only comes from You. Please continue to teach me how to live as a reflection of You each day. Thank You, Lord for this new adventure. Thank You for Your faithfulness. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Birthday Party!

I can hardly believe it’s already been two years since the birth of our grandson.

Since we had plans (great grandma’s birthday party) for that day, we had a party yesterday.

He seemed to enjoy it and we did too.

Even though we’d been working all morning to set up, our first guests found us still trying to get things finished.

Wonderful people that they are, they jumped in and helped!

There were the usual things which come with trying to have a party.

The wading pool had to be dumped and refilled.

We had to find a lid for the pulled pork to keep the yellow jackets out of it.

The heat kept causing the balloons to burst at random, startling anyone nearby.

The bubble guns stopped working after floating in the pool for a while.

But the children played, splashed, ate, ran around, drank a lot of juice and water, squealed, laughed, and pretty much enjoyed themselves.

Upon retrospect, I again am impressed how God works in the little things.

Like the moment when I realized I failed to get a bag for our gift and the only wrapping paper we have is Christmas paper.

God, gave me an idea.

Use another bag to cover the printing on the large bag I had on hand.

(If you want to see that project it’s posted here: https://hopestreasurechest.wordpress.com/2022/08/15/another-craft-moment/)

It then became a “teachable moment” in the car this morning as I talked about how God is constantly giving me ways to supply my needs and sometimes my wants, especially when I least expect it.

I had just shared with our teens last week about using what God gives you, and then the Lord gave me another opportunity to walk in that.

Life is not about having, it’s about serving and relationship.

First and foremost, serving God and walking in a daily relationship with Him.

Then our relationship with others is a natural opportunity to live out the relationship you enjoy with Jesus.

1 John 1:7 NKJV — But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Whatever things God places in our lives, we need to be asking Him how He would have us use those and thankful for the opportunity.

Whether it’s a family party or a unseen moment of unexpected provision God supplies through our stewardship, it is both a pleasure and privilege to serve the Lord Jesus, for He first served us.

John 13:14 KJV — If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your service to us. Thank You for not only creating us, teaching us, healing us, You died to save us! Lord Jesus, thank You for reminding me of the privilege and joy of serving others. Thank You for the provision which You supply, often before I realize the need. Lord, thank You for helping me to be creative yesterday. Thank You for showing me that the important things are people, who have eternal souls. Lord, please continue to teach me how to wait upon You for direction and guidance. Please help me not to plan things myself, but rather to lean upon Your Word and look for the answers there first and always. Lord Jesus, I am waiting upon You for these things and I thank You that I need not fear, only patiently wait with hope. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

An example of love from a child

Our grandchildren were over last weekend.

They have been a wonderful example of how to love.

Both our granddaughter and grandson love their baby sister.

Now that she is sitting up and crawling they are rejoicing in the opportunities to spend time with her.

They give her toys.

They talk to her.

They hug her and kiss her often.

(Which is what Faye is doing in the photo above.)

While we were watching the children, Joy took a nap.

I was blessed by each of her siblings reactions to her waking up.

I was holding her, when her sweet eyes opened, she blinked, smiled, and sat up.

Faye noticed first.

“She’s awake!” She squealed, dropped her toy, jumped up and ran over to grab Joy’s hand and plant a kiss on her head.

“Awake! Awake!” Little brother sang as he too jumped to his feet to come smiling over and at look baby sister like she was a brand new gift he couldn’t get enough of.

The exuberance quickly abated, as littles don’t have a long attention span, but their celebration over their sister brought me nearly to tears.

Our children are wonderful examples of how a family should love each other.

They dropped what they were doing to welcome their sister, although she’d only been “gone” sleeping for a couple hours.

They were nearly excessive in their showering of affection, but Joy loved it.

Their joy and excitement over this beautiful new life is inspiring.

And their priority of making a point of welcoming and loving their sister is a reminder to me to be mindful of my own behavior.

Do I welcome my family to our home as warmly as I do visitors?

Am I putting my children, my husband, and others before my own tasks?

Have I been thoughtful about expressing my joy and love to those precious to me?

Has my appreciation for the gift of each life become dulled by my familiarity and self centered perspective?

Do I look on people and really appreciate how precious God views each?

I’m so thankful for our grandchildren and the inspiration God has brought through their example.

Matthew 18:4 KJV — Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:5 KJV — And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for children! What an incredible blessing they are. Please continue to hone my heart and help me to apply these lessons You are teaching me. Lord, I want to come to You as a child, with trust and humility. Lord, please restore my child-like love, while retaining the wisdom of adulthood. Lord, I know You have an incredible love for children and I want to love as You do. You loved mankind to such an incredible point that You sacrificed Yourself for us! Wow. I want to love like that. Please help me to understand Your Word, and obey the direction of Your Holy Spirit. Please continue to protect the innocent and supply the helpless. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Vacation Bible School

This is the theme for our church’s Vacation Bible School this year.

It’s been a wonderful week.

Of course there have been some moments, mainly a scraped knee or two, but overall it’s been a blessing to all.

Personally, I’ve enjoyed watching the progression of the children, teens, and adults spending time together, each day relationships are built.

It has reminded me of the countless Vacation Bible School programs I attended as a child.

It has brought to mind the children’s church, Sunday school, and Children’s Camps we’ve been a part of as our children were growing up.

Being on the adult side of things, I know how much work goes into all this.

I’m thanking the Lord for the hearts of those who volunteer to give children these experiences.

I’m praising God for His provision for it all.

I’m praying for today, as the week comes to a close.

Praying these children and their families will be edified and blessed by Jesus and His followers.

For we know Jesus loves children and we want each one of them to know that as well.

Matthew 19:14 KJV — But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for this week. Thank You for each and every single child You have brought to this VBS. Please help each of these little ones to know You and to understand how much You love them. Please hold them in Your arms and carry them through each day that they might grow into adults who follow You with their whole heart. Please protect them from the enemy and the snares of this life. Please help them to understand the difference between good and evil, that they may walk in truth and Your light. Lord, bring these children up in Your Word and speak clearly to their hearts. Thank You for each and every one of these children. Lord Jesus, please help those who are finishing up today. Grant them understanding and speak clearly to them. Lord, please supply all that is required, especially for those who are feeling extra tired after this long week. Lord Jesus, I praise Your holy name and thank You for all You have done. Your ways are perfect and Your salvation is life. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

A season of miracles

God is in the business of miracles.

This winter I received two prayer requests from friends, both of them were asking for unborn babies.

A friend of mine was asking for her daughter who was pregnant.

The young lady and her husband have been walking through a sad season as they’ve struggled with miscarriage and sorrow, wanting to add to their family, but finding it very difficult.

The request was that this baby would survive.

As a grandma myself, my heart was touched for this couple as well as my friend, if this baby lived it would be her first grandchild this side of heaven.

The other request was from a new friend at our church.

She shared with me that she and her husband were surprised to find out she was pregnant.

They already have two boys, and although they had wanted more children, God had simply not provided more, until now.

This beautiful lady shared with me her extreme surprise at being over 40 and pregnant.

Imagine the emotion for all involved when they found out she was having twins!

Not long into this it was discovered these were identical babies on the same placenta, very rare and potentially dangerous.

Both these mothers and their unborn babies have been in our prayers ever since.

In March, more requests for prayer came in as my friend let me know her daughter was in pre-labor and it was too soon.

Her daughter ended up remaining in the hospital as we prayed for that baby to stay in the womb as long as possible.

My heart felt so much when my friend texted that she was headed to the hospital, several hours away, because baby was coming.

And he survived!

He only weighed 3lbs and 12 oz, but he was here and we all rejoiced.

I began calling him “your miracle man” to my friend as we celebrated through texts and pictures.

God continued to answer prayers and this precious baby made milestone after milestone.

I felt like crying when they sent me photos of him at home.

This morning I’m rejoicing again.

My friend with the twins has had a rough season: time in the hospital, bed rest, and so many doctors appointments.

But this morning we received news that both her baby boys were born last night.

These babies are miracles!

It’s a season of miracles.

When I think of the numbers of problems both mothers had to deal with, the long list of prayer requests for each of these babies, and the faithfulness of God, I’m overwhelmed.

He carried these mothers and their little men through all of this and each of them has an incredible testimony to God’s goodness.

And then, as I praised God for His blessing in these lives, I was struck by a truth.

The birth of each of our children was a miracle.

The birth of each of our grandchildren was a miracle.

My birth is a miracle.

Every life is a miracle.

God is continually working miracles and today I’m taking the time to praise Him for it.

May we never take for granted the beautiful blessings God gives us.

Psalm 127:3 KJV — Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your blessings! Thank You for bringing all three of these baby boys to their families and supplying then with all they need. Lord, please continue to guide and bless these families. Help them to hear Your voice and walk with You as they raise these tiny men. Lord, make each one of these boys to be Mighty Men of Valor, who speak the truth in their hearts, who refuse to look upon wickedness, who shun evil and do good. Lord, bless them with knowledge and understanding. Bring them up in Your Word and establish them in Your ways. Thank You so much for these babies. Thank You for Your blessings. May we be encouraged by Your goodness even as we grieve with those who suffer loss, for in this world we shall have trials and tribulations, but You have overcome the world. Lord Jesus, we don’t always understand why somethings occur, but I know we can always rest in Your truth and find security in Your salvation. For this world is not our home and we look with expectation at both the blessings here and those yet to come. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Car Show

Moving here has been a huge blessing for our son.

Some things are still difficult, but overall he’s a much happier young man.

(I asked him recently, “Do you still like living here?” He quickly responded, “Oh yes!”)

Making new friends and meeting new people can be challenging for him, but he’s learning.

Several of the adults at our church make a point to speak with Jase, but one older gentleman is a particular favorite.

He sits and listens to Jase and they talk about their individual interests.

When word reached us that the older man’s son had a major health issue, Jase spoke to him, told him he was praying for his son and checked back several times to make sure the older man was doing alright.

Recently, the older gentleman told Jase of a car show.

Jase really wanted to attend and my husband was making plans to take him.

Then the Lord reminded Handsome of a funeral for a coworker and it was the same time as the show.

He wouldn’t be able to take Jase.

Jase took it well, but was obviously disappointed.

So, Handsome called the older gentleman and asked if he’d left for the show yet.

“No, not yet, I’ll be leaving in about an hour. Am I going to see you there?”

My husband related the fact that he would miss it and asked if he would mind taking Jase.

“Well, sure! It’ll be nice to have someone to go with.”

They made a day of it.

They went to the Car Show, ate lunch at a restaurant, and then returned home.

Jase had several pictures on his phone, plus a bunch to tell me about it all.

Later, as I watched him mowing the lawn, I smiled.

God provided an older man to do something with Jase my father would have really enjoyed.

I’ve told our son about how my dad could see an old car and tell me the make, model, and year it was built.

Jase knows a great deal about my father, he loves hearing about Grandpa driving in the time trials or looking at the old black and white pictures Grandpa took or hearing the story of Grandpa driving the tank up on a transport when no one else could do it.

He even likes to hear stories about Grandpa’s favorite Nascar driver, Richard Petty.

I’m so thankful to God for His blessing our son with an older gentleman who cares about the things important to Jase.

He supplied something I didn’t even know was lacking.

Truly, God loves and cares for us far more than we understand or can possibly fathom.

1 John 4:15-19 NKJV — Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your love. Thank You for blessing our son with this trip to the Car Show. Lord, thank You for this older gentleman who has been such a blessing to our family. Please let us bless him in return. Lord, thank You that You alone are in control of all things. Thank You that You walk with us in truth and righteousness. Lord, there is always a danger in relationships, to open our hearts to others means we are vulnerable to being hurt, whether through sin or simply sorrow; for no human relationship is without the sorrow of loss. Yet, Your Word tells us we should love as You do, not counting the cost, not trying to protect ourselves from future pain, but loving unconditionally with understanding, forgiveness, and wisdom. Lord, please help us to walk in Your ways and to love as You do. Amen.

History for breakfast

It’s not unusual to see the history book with on our dining table, tucked among the breakfast things.

Our school day begins with prayer and then a history lesson, often while our son eats.

Last fall I discovered that our son’s interest in history grew a great deal if I could relate the people or place we were studying into something or someone he’s familiar with.

So, our American history lessons are often dotted with family.

Like the day after we read about Sherman’s march in the Civil War.

I read through an old family letter which told about my grandfather’s grandpa.

“On November 16, 1864 he enlisted for one year as a private in the Union army, (Company C, 17th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry) at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He joined his company on January 29,1865 at Pocotaligo, South Carolina. At enlistment he had given his age as 18 and used the name John Shuck. Shuck was his mother’s maiden name. (At some point they discovered his real age; 16) he was drummer boy in General Sherman’s army. Atlanta was burned on November 15th 1864, and the march to the sea was started immediately. Sherman entered Savannah in mid-December and started the march North in late January 1865. Through an affidavit signed by Grandpa we know he was on the march from Savannah to Goldsboro, North Carolina. The soldiers still plundered and laid waste the land. It was cold, wet and no tents were provided. Grandpa suffered from rheumatism and consumption in the winter and spring of 1865. Grandpa was honorably discharged on July 14, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.”

Although, he was interested by the fact that his grandfather was part of a famous march, Jase wasn’t glad about the suffering it caused to many, nor was he happy to hear about the illness of his grandfather, which marked his life permanently.

He was very glad the Civil War put an end to slavery in the United States.

This sparked questions and he wanted to hear more about Grandpa John.

Our history lesson turned into an extended family heritage study.

This rolled into Grandma Thekla and other moments of history, like the Chicago fire.

Grandpa lost everything he had, but both Grandma and their first child were safe, because both Mother and daughter had been sent back to Germany to visit her family as Grandma wasn’t feeling well with their second child.

Grandma’s doctor had prescribed an ocean voyage to help Grandma’s morning sickness and God used it to keep both Grandma, her expected baby and their little daughter safe.

(Not to mention that my great grandfather was the last of their six children.)

Grandpa John and Grandma Thekla

That day’s history lesson/family heritage were an opportunity.

Learning just to gain head knowledge is of little use, but to be able to look at the experiences of those from another era and see that God was working even then, that is valuable.

As we study history, I pray our son is learning so much more than names, dates, and the accomplishments of mankind.

I pray he understands that people have sin and therefore often harm themselves and others.

I pray he finds identity, not in who his great great grandparents were, but in being a child of God.

I pray he finds inspiration, for history is full of incredible people God used in amazing ways.

I pray his faith in Jesus grows daily, whether he’s studying or working or enjoying recreation.

For life is a gift from God and I want to use my gift well, and I know our son does too.

Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.
Ecclesiastes 5:18 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for those You have used to record history, that we might grow in the understanding that mankind is flawed, but You are faithful. Thank You for using our family to teach both myself and our son. Thank You for the best truth of all, we have hope in Your eternal salvation! Lord Jesus, I pray for those who struggle to see Your hand at work in their lives and the lives of others. I pray that their understanding will be opened and they will be brought to a knowledge of Your goodness, Your mercy, Your grace. Lord throughout history we can see the tragedy of sin and the stain of wickedness, but through Your Word we can see that from the moment people chose sin rather than faith You have been making a way by which we can be saved. Lord Jesus, thank You! Thank You for life and the opportunity to live wholly for You. Thank You for truth and the reality that this world is not all there is. Thank You for Your love which washes away our sins. Thank You for Your Sovereignty, which: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 NKJV) I love You, Jesus. Amen.

“Broken, broken”

That’s what he said multiple times as he carefully handed me each piece.

Our grandson is 1 and his vocabulary is growing like crazy, so are his fine motor skills.

As this toy is evidence.

I’d handed him the toy a bit earlier and had noticed the bottom of the van was loose in one place.

If Bubba had simply driven it on the floor it would have been fine.

If he’d simply carried it around the house, as he often does with cars, it would have been fine.

The toy was simply old and had come loose in one small place.

But that one tiny area grabbed his attention and he pulled on it until it gave way.

Without the base there was nothing to hold the wheels in place, so he removed them too.

With these things done he looked it over and said, “Broken broken!”

I chuckled, “Because you broke it.”

He couldn’t understand me, but wasn’t upset.

It was soon forgotten as he went off to play with something else.

I put the pieces out of reach and out of sight.

This morning I scooped up the pieces to throw away.

But my heart pricked me and I took a picture of them instead.

Isn’t this a perfect example of what happens when I focus on the one thing which isn’t perfect rather than enjoy the opportunity?

Too often I’m robbed of the joy or the time with others because I’m focused on one thing which isn’t quite right.

I want everything to be a certain way, and when it isn’t I can fall into the trap of the enemy.

Allowing the enemy and my own sinful desires to rob me of what the Lord has given.

And if I choose to pick at the problem, take it all apart, I might even mess up what God had given in the first place, because instead of rejoicing in the gift, I’m complaining about what was given.

The book of Numbers shows clearly why complaining is a bad idea and how God feels about it.

I don’t want to ruin the blessings He gives by my poor attitude or sinful perspective.

I don’t want to miss the gifts of the Lord.

I don’t want to pull apart something He gave me and hand it back with the words: “It doesn’t work, it’s broken” all because I broke it.

Instead, I want to use the things He gives me with joy and gratitude.

I want my words to bring Him glory.

I want my perspective to be based on God’s Word and walking in faith.

After all, He’s in the business of using those who are broken, weak, and insignificant in the eyes of the world.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 NKJV — But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
that no flesh should glory in His presence.

Truly, everything we have the ability to do or make is because God Himself gave us the ability.

It is truly folly to glory in ourselves or other creations when all honor, all glory belongs to the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:30-31NKJV — But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for this reminder. Thank You that although I’m not always quick to be thankful for things, I know You are teaching me how to be. Lord, please continue to help my tongue to speak words that edify, that I might benefit those who listen. Lord, I thank You and praise You for all these things, both the lessons and the ways You teach my heart. Please continue to hone me into Your likeness, that I might bring glory to Your name. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

*Just because we think something is “broken, broken” doesn’t mean God can’t put it back together, just like my son repaired the toy.

Like a little child

(Please forgive me for not getting this posted yesterday, but I was super busy enjoying my grandbabies and forgot!)

The older I get, the more I understand.

My children taught me so many lessons about trust, obedience, faith, and the lack of any or all of these.

Now, I’m learning from my grandchildren.

It’s a different walk, because I don’t see them every day.

There’s also the change in perspective and the difference in me.

Of course, I’m also older and have experienced life longer.

With all these differences, the lessons are no less profound.

I was recently struck by how easily a small child can become frightened.

An infant, especially, can be filled with fear just over something unexpected.

How similar I am.

Just an unexpected break in our routine can sometimes cause me to be afraid.

Trying something new, is an area I fight being fearful of.

But these are not the areas where God wants me to be child-like.

Matthew 18:3-4NKJV — and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus was talking about faith.

Interestingly, to have that child-like faith means to trust.

A young child is totally dependent upon their parents for everything, from food to shelter to security and love.

Because their parents love them, they find security in that relationship.

They eagerly run to their parents if separated for a time or in need.

They cling to them with all their might.

They are overjoyed when their parents simply give them time and attention.

Which is exactly what each one of us can have in our Heavenly Father.

He’s proven Himself loving, trustworthy, able, and fully engaged in seeking a relationship with each one of us, individually.

He’s calling each one of us to trust Him, to realize we are completely dependent upon Him, and to find security and perfect love in our relationship with Him.

Once, we repent and turn from our sins, He restores us, giving us a heart of flesh, washed clean by His blood. Eze. 11:19

Child-like faith is found in the heart and is in itself a testimony to the wonders of God and His glorious works.

From our beginning, mankind has wanted to do life on our own, without God’s direction and leading, yet we find so much more when we completely surrender, and look with adoration to our Heavenly Father, Maker of heaven and earth.

Matthew 19:14 NKJV — But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for showing us what our relationship with You should be like by giving us little children. Lord, thank You for creating us, loving us, and saving us from sin. Your truth is amazing. Your blessings are incredible. Please continue to teach me how to have child-like faith and how to pass on these truths to those around me. Lord, thank You for Your patience with me as I learn to be humble and to trust You through all things. Lord, thank You for Your wisdom which teaches me not to rly upon myself and my short-sighted understanding, but rather to turn to You and cling to Your truths and be guided by Your Word. Thank You, Jesus for so many blessings. I love You. Amen.