Dancing in the Light

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

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Location: North Platte, Nebraska, United States

I am a christian wife, mother and grandmother. I am a licensed Social worker and a licensed Christian counselor. I am most proud of the relationships I have with God, my family and friends all over the world. I have been blessed beyond my dreams.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

But, I Wanted to Pray

You learn a lot when your grandchildren come to visit. Madi is five going on thirty(smile) and Kyle will be three in August. They have been here ten days and we have had so much fun. They have been very good. Today I really wanted to share what I have learned from these two beautiful children.

I have learned about faith:


  • "I asked God to take care of baby Mason and now he is all better, right Grandma?"

  • "When I wake up, you and Grandpa will be here to love me, right?"

  • "The thunder and lightening is nothing to worry about, God is taking care of us."

  • "God made the whole world so we would be special, didn't He?"

I have learned about love:



  • "When I am here, I cry for my mommy and when I am home I cry for you. You just don't know what to do with me, do you?"

  • "Don't make my sister go to time-out!"

  • "We get to go to church today because we are special, right Grandpa?"

  • "I love you oodles and oodles, for twenty hundred days."

  • "God thinks I'm special, doesn't he, Grandma?"

  • "I need a hug--hug"

  • "My mommy misses me very much."

  • "I love you, Grandpa"

  • "Now you say 'I love you too, Kyle'."

I have learned about prayer:

  • "After Kyle prays, can I pray too?"

  • "Dear God, thank you for the trees and the flowers and the sky and my blankie and momma and daddy and grandma and grandpa and baby Mason and Kyle and backyardigans and Remi and Mim and Pop and cereal and chips and milk and birds and swimming pools and popsicles and . . . . "

  • "But, I wanted to pray . . . "

These are but a few of the daily lessons. I watch their faith. I am amazed that when they are afraid, they willingly accept the reassurance and comfort offered and they don't forget it. They remind anyone who will listen that God is watching over them and that the people in their lives are trustworthy. I pray God will give me the faith of these children, that I will believe what He says, take courage from knowledge of Him and be brave enough to tell everyone about Him. I watch these two children play and fight and forgive and then play some more and I ask the Father to make me more forgiving, to help me let go of grudges and bitterness. I watch their complete confidence in the love of God and others. They don't worry that their parents or their grandparents or God are ever going to stop loving them. They give their love freely and frequently. You don't have to ask for a hug, you just have to be available for one. I pray God will make me a more loving person, that He will rid my heart of the insecurities that cause me to seek affection and attention, rather than give it. I listen to their songs and their prayers. They do not care if they sing off key, if they have all the words exactly right, they just sing. And they want to pray. They don't care if the prayer takes a long time. They want to thank God for everything, and they want to do it often. I want to be a more prayerful person---to want to pray and to not look at my watch when the prayer seems long. I want to be grateful for all my blessings. I want an open heart, one that is willing to learn, even from a precious child.

Matthew 18:3 "And He said: I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
Peace
Neva

24 Comments:

Blogger jel said...

very cool!



huggs

9:41 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Thank you for sharing that!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Monalea said...

I struggle with holding grudges. I think I have forgiven and then I notice that I want bad thing to happen to that particular person. Only with God's help have I been able to get any real help with this person.

Monalea

p.s. Have you been spying on my sins?

10:04 AM  
Anonymous lisa leichner said...

So sweet!! What a gift children are to teach us so much about life and about the love of the Father. Great post, Neva.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't we all learn from children? The older I get the more I understand Jesus' admonition.

Good post
Pat

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very beautiful post. Your grandchildren sound delightful.

Jean

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neva,
I know you must be very proud. thank you for sharing these lessons with us.

Rachel

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

The truths that I have learned from my children are unparalleled outside the walls of parenthood. The love I have felt for someone has never been as rich and deep as the love I have for my own children. After becoming a father, I understood more of what God meant when he "lavished his love on us, that we are called to be His children."

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing as pure as the love of a child. Thank you for this post, Neva.

Corinne

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it wonderful that someday we won't have to cry for anyone we miss! I love hearing about your grandkids, and I love the lessons we learn from our kids daily! Thanks for the touching reminders of Faith, Love, and Prayer!

In Him,
Debbie

12:01 PM  
Blogger TREY MORGAN said...

"I love you" ... quite possibly the sweetest words a little on can say.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Mike M said...

I enjoy this blog very much!!! I will be back for more!

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12:22 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Household: said...

Kids are great aren't they?

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The wisdom of children is an untapped resource. They may not always be able to tell you how to make a thanksgiving turkey but they can show you how to be thankful. I liked this post.

Jeneane

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cute,

Lyndsay

3:58 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Children have such an innate sense of God - have such a special relationship with Him. Nothing forced, noting 'expected' - it's just there and they live in blissful loving joy in that relationship.

Kids truly show us how to love....how to give love, not bargain for it, they just give it, no strings attached.

Thank You, dear LORD for our children, thank You!!

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How sweet.

Paula

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute kids---deep thoughts

Karli

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Children are great teachers, too bad we aren't better students.

Karin

8:33 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Household: said...

Precious.
Kathy

1:20 AM  
Blogger MUISTO said...

Wow, that's amazing. And what a loving ear their grandma has!

2:44 AM  
Blogger Beba said...

I wrote something similar... how much we can learn from our kids! God bless you and thank you for prayers. I know that you are such a prayer warrior. Every time you sent me email with: i am praying for you today, it was a day that needed specific prayer! Love ya darling and thanks once and again! God bless your heart

4:39 AM  
Blogger Don said...

They just accept the fact that God is and that God will protect.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

What a true blessing this post was today.

Thank you for sharing this with us and thank you for praying for me.

6:45 AM  

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