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, June 12, 2007

Only A Child

Sunday evening after church, Ned and I went to the hospital emergency room. We had received word that one of our young families was there, waiting to see if their two year old had broken his arm. The arm was indeed broken, the result of a fall from the porch. Our emergency room staff splinted the little arm and made a referral to a pediatric orthopedist in Amarillo. Our prayer is that the specialist will look at this little boy, decide against any surgery or pins or any other extreme remedy and that little Colt will heal quickly. He is a precious child and was very brave and we know that he has good parents who will be able to get him through whatever the treatment. But Emergency Rooms and doctors are a bit scary for anyone, even more so when you are only a child.
I have a real soft spot in my heart for children. I love their forgiving spirits and their accepting hearts. I love their courage and tenacity. While I don't have any children who live with me, I love seeing the little ones at church, marching in the Lord's army and being so happy that their faces really show it. As we attended VBS in Childress last night and as we prepare for our VBS, I have been thinking about children. I am reminded that a dead boy was important enough to Jesus that the Son of God would risk becoming ceremonially unclean to touch this boy and give him back to his mother. I am reminded of a boy whose willingness to share his lunch brought sustenance to more than five thousand adults. I am reminded of a young shepherd boy whose courage and faith in God brought about the demise of a giant. In this story, the king tells the boy, "You can't fight the giant, he has been fighting his whole life and you are only a child. (paraphrased) I Samuel 17:33
There are so many things I want to accomplish during my days here on earth. There are souls I want to win for the Lord. There are lives I want to touch, changes I want to make, darkened souls with whom I want share the Light. I want to write something that will bring courage and inspiration to a reader needing just that. I want to comfort a soul that is hurting so that they might know they are not alone and that a loving Father cares for them. I want to teach about an amazing God, a compassionate Redeemer and a guiding Spirit. I want to rejoice with the angels over the return of the prodigal. I want to abide more fully in the Word and live a more prayerful life. I want to truly know God and to be able to more adequately discern His will for me. I know I have grand ambitions. And to be honest, there are times when I look at my list of goals and feel overwhelmed, incompetent and inadequate. I want to cry, "I don't think I can do this. After all, I am only a child." But, then . . . I remember, God also has a soft spot in His heart for children. Through His children, He does mighty works. I remember that I am only HIS child because He chose me, chose to adopt me and call me His own. Now, I can do anything because all things are possible through Him, even if you are only a child.

"How great is the love the Father lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" I John 3:1

Peace
Neva

23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What great thoughts, today. As his child, we have access to his power. Nothing can stop us. I share your ambitions and pray that the Father blesses us both.

Corinne

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we were trying to have a child of our own, I found myself watching children all the time. "Only a child" takes on new meaning when that is your heart's true desire. As time went on and God chose to bless us other ways rather than with children, we began to realize how important it is to be his child and to let him do what is best for us. I am thankful that if I am to be only a child, that it is his child I am.

Rachel

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love being "only a child" of God.

Yvonne

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your post adn then began thinking about all the children and examples of children used by God. There are many. What a blessing to be Only a Child of God.


Shari

11:01 AM  
Blogger Maxine said...

This post is wonderful. The expressions on your heart are so much my own. I feel your heart for children and I'm sure the children that you know feel it too. Those are high goals, yes, but the Lord delights in giving us our godly desires, doesn't He?
I came by to thank you for your well wishes at my site. Come by to see me again; I'll definitely be coming here for more visits.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't take long working with "children" to realize that we are all immature. God works on me daily.

Dan

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only a child . . .
powerful!


Pat

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this one, too

Jean

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is proud of His children when we tackle giants and feed the crowds. As children we have high hopes and we have a doting Father.

Mary

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ONLY a child of God? Can't think of anyone else I'd rather belong to.


Interested Bystander

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neva,

I appreciate how sincere you are and thank you for all you've done for not only our family, but for so many in our Christian family.

Beautiful post! Thank you for being you :)

Paula

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paula,
I can't begin to tell you how often this woman has helped me and my family. I am not sure those who read her blog and comment here know how awesome she is. There has never been a problem in our family that one of us could not call or email and get advice, support, encouragement, counseling, whatever we needed. I know if she were wealthy, all any of us would have to do is call and she would make sure we did not do without.
Sometimes when I read the comments here, I think "these people don't even know how wise and wonderful this woman is". She is an inspiration and a blessing to all she meets. You can call on her no matter what. She does not judge and is a very good and confidential listener.
I am thankful to know her.

Pat

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat and Paula,
Been there. Neva has helped me and my family through a divorce, several miscarriages, a death, a terminal illness and the drug abuse problems and suicide attempt of a nephew. She taught the gospel to our neighbor who is now my sister in Christ. And probably a whole lot more --I just know when I needed her, she was alway there.
Neva, you are a godsend, a true gift. I echo Paula, thank you for being you.

Mary

4:05 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Neva,

None of us can do it! I know that from experience. I never thought that I'd be a youth/children's minister, but God had other plans. I still don't do it, He does. He gives me strength and ideas. He sends me to those who can help me. He does it all, and I just sit in wonder at how He can get so much out of me.
He also gives me love for these kids. I often wonder how some folks say that they can't work with kids. They are so full of joy and wonder and awe. How can anyone resist them? Don't they know that heaven will surely be filled with them?
I guess I've said enough for now. I enjoyed the post.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dream bigger than I can ever accomplish on my own. I am thankful I have a Father who does it all.

Karli

6:22 PM  
Blogger Monalea said...

I love little children. I find myself watching them in the stores and anywhere else they are. Love the post Neva.

Monalea

7:04 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Amen

7:16 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Household: said...

It is a good thing that God is not like the woman who had so many children he did not know what to do. I love being His purposed.
Kathy

7:28 PM  
Blogger Mommysmart said...

Your post was great, but I got hung on YOU WERE IN CHILDRESS!!!! I am so jealous that you got to be there without me. Have you been there before or was this the first trip?

8:36 PM  
Blogger Neva said...

Thank yall for the comments. It is encouraging that people visit here. Pat, Paula, and Mary,---you are very kind, my friends, thank you.
Monica, this was our first trip to Childress---it would have been even better had you been there, too.
Peace
Neva

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love what I learn from children.

Good post as always,

Jeneane

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neva,
I am also very glad you are you. You led me to the Lord and if you had not let him use you, Judd and I would still both be lost and miserable. When I visit your site and read what you say, I am proud. I think God is too.

Kara

10:14 PM  
Blogger Larissa said...

That was a really good post. I enjoyed it. Hope you are doing well. Thanks again for everything. Love ya!

11:39 AM  

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