Friday, October 20, 2017
Oh My Heart Smiled Big When I Saw ...
The backwards cursive G is in the middle and the tall lower case "d" is right above it. I was checking for cars before I pulled out onto our road on the way to school, when I saw that my daughter had written with her finger on the dew covering the window, "God is Good," in innocent messy finger writing.
When she wrote it, she didn't know how big it was going to make my heart smile. She wasn't thinking about me when she wrote it. She was thinking about God... and how good and faithful He is.
I am so very GRATEFUL that my daughter has an active relationship with the Heavenly Father, because there is no single more important factor to her being prepared to live life, with out me, other than knowing her Father in Heaven.
I firmly believe that people are called into the family of God first off, by the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:3
...no man can say that Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
For whom he did forenow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
I also believe that our HOME and FAMILY are our first mission field.
I am FAR from perfect, always have been far from perfect, and always will be far from perfect, but what are some things that I know I have done RIGHT with my daughter to know that I played a role in her spiritual growth??
In my family, we talk about God,
His LOVE for all people,
His plan of salvation,
His plans for the future of humanity,
We talk about it all
as if it is REAL,
as if it matters,
as if it is related to everything,
as if every decision can be rooted in Him,
as if we are BLESSED because of Him,
as if HE deserves ALL GLORY and HONOR,
as if HE is ALL POWERFUL,
as if He is a personable loving Father God.
We pray together regularly
like often before meals,
like everyday in the car before we get out at school,
and I used to tell my kids,
"Don't forget to say your prayers before you go to sleep," after they grew up some, and I quit praying WITH them at night.
We went to church most Sundays, and most of their CHILDHOOD they were in a Sunday School class. When available, they benefited from various Christian education programs for children, like Bible memory clubs and vacation Bible schools.
When my family, or any individual went through a crisis, PRAYER was a tool we used for HEALING and therapy. Sometimes we prayed for healing and therapy TOGETHER, and sometimes I did it on my own,
employing every scripture I could think of,
or reciting scripture I had written down.
There were times when I even went into their bedroom at night when they slept,
and layed my hands on them individually,
sometimes tears falling,
as I layed it all out before my Father,
asking above all,
for their spirit and soul to be healed,
I always wanted physical health for my children YES,
but spiritual, mental, emotional health, I wanted for my children no less, and there were times when that was the focus of my prayer.
God has been faithful in amazing ways. I am a very grateful mother to see my children both active and growing in their walk with our Lord.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
I hope you are encouraged, and that you will stand ready to love and share prayer and Bible wisdom lovingly with children who God brings into YOUR life !!
Not until we get to Heaven, will we possibly get to know the fruit that God brought forth from our humble loving, planting, watering, nurturing.... His will be done.
Grandma Mary Martha💖
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