I was up late last night reading a really good book. This is not a statement I often make. And I haven't made it in a long time. Well, let's see...my oldest just celebrated his 6th birthday. So...yep that sounds about right...6 years ago! Haha!
Anyway, my aunt let me borrow this book. I highly recommend it. It made my heart so happy to read one specific chapter about this little boy meeting a special little girl in Heaven. Having three babies of my own that are already there...it was another step in my road to complete acceptance in God's plan for my family.
We have all heard that we are to have faith like a child. (Mark 10:15 "I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.") We've heard that Jesus loves the little children and that we are not to turn away children that want to come to Jesus. (Luke 18:16 "But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.) But...what does that mean in our daily life?
One thing it means to me. Children's ministries...are worth the effort. I am on the outreach team at my church...and that is what we talk about the most. I am now realizing why it is on my heart. They are not an inconvenience. They are not a chore. To be like Christ...you must see children through his eyes. They are a treasure. They are innocent. They believe without proof. They are untainted by life. They aren't ruled by past disappointments. When they pray...it is simple. God will take care of it. Oh how I long to be more like my children and their unwavering faith!
Another thing it means to me...Jesus hears the prayers of a pure heart. A heart that believes what the mouth speaks. A heart that doesn't have doubt. A heart that doesn't worry after the prayer is spoken. A heart that expects. When my children pray, I see results. I ask them to be my warriors in prayer...ALL THE TIME! I asked my son yesterday to have his Kindergarten class pray for Levi to drink so that he would not have to be hospitalized for his dehydration. I know that God loves to hear from his children. I know he loves to hear the prayers of a believing heart. And, as I expected, God heard. God listened. God answered. I praise God that I understand His lessons through my childrens prayers.
One more thing. Children love. They are born loving the people that they are surrounded by. They don't know the 'rules' that we have set up for ourselves. They don't care about stature. They don't care about position. They don't care about monitary status. They love. I think that is another reason that Jesus loves them so much. They are the most like him. They love as unconditionally as they know how. And as each year goes by...the conditions stack up. Watch your children...learn to love like they do. Teach them to love like Christ...by example.
Parenting...the hardest thing I have ever done! I understand the huge responsibility I have taken on. I see how they watch me. I pray that I am doing all that I can to teach them to be like Christ. And I pray that I continue to take the lessons that they teach me...and apply them to my walk. =)
Words have power. Written words provide proof. You can read them, and reread them whenever you want. They can speak life to someone who needs encouragement. They can speak death to someone who is being deceived. The choice lies within you. How is it that you want people to remember you? Encourager...that is the gift that God has laid on my heart. To use my written, spoken, and/or sung words to lift people up. To be one link in their road to healing, restoration, joy. I have been without those things, and I claim them to be mine again. If you want me to seek God on a prayer for a specific situation...that is why I am here. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to pray God's Word of Life over you.