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."

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.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Awwww . . .Those Were The Days

One of the best things about moving is you get to "find" stuff from your past, stuff you hadn't really missed and had done okay without, but now, are unwilling to get rid of. The past few weeks have been filled with the discovery of such "treasures". Day before yesterday was no different. The treasure was a photo strip, you know the little photo booths in the mall, where you sit and before you can really pose, the camera shoots and then spits out a strip of four little black and white pictures? Remember? I found such a strip, probably taken around twenty-two years ago. The picture strip features two of the very most important people in my life, my sons. Chad looks like he is six or seven and Nathan four or five. Let me just say without being at all biased, that they are two of the cutest kids I have ever seen!
I have looked at these pictures over and over again. I notice how innocent and childlike they seem. They smile for the camera and make silly faces. They appear to have no worries, no cares, no future concerns. I remember those smiles. I remember all the concern I had for them, already knowing their father would probably not live to see them through childhood, I was constantly worried about how they, how we would handle that loss. They'd already spent more time in hospitals that one their age should. They'd become very familiar with the local EMT's and knew where all the vending machines were at our local hospital. They'd already witnessed the struggle to breathe that was part of their father's daily, hourly, minute by minute struggle. They'd already seen their mother cry barrels and barrels of tears, had their playtimes hushed and shushed to accommodate the sleeping patient. And yet, in these pictures, they smile!
In my prayers, I often ask the Heavenly Father to make me more like a child. I ask Him to help my faith be childlike, unflappable and unstoppable and absolutely limitless! I plead with Him to remind me that I needn't worry, He is taking care of things. I ask that He instills in me the courage and determination of youth. And a sense of awe and wonder at every piece of the world around me. I beg with Him to give me a child's self-esteem that comes from the inherent and proven knowledge that He loves me no matter what, that there is nothing I can do that would make Him so angry He would not offer mercy and grace. I ask Him to make me curious and inquisitive and hungry for learning about Him and His Word. I ask Him to make me desperate to please Him, determined and focused. And I ask Him to help me smile!
As I look at the pictures of these beautiful children, I see their smiles and I cannot help but smile back. I see in them the innocence and purity, the faith and love, the courage and wonder that I so desire in my own spiritual life. I pray with confidence that God will help me be what He can use so that when He looks down at the daily snapshots of my life, He sees me smiling and cannot help by smile in return.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great way to start the day, a new post from you and one that touches my heart and my soul.
Have a beautiful day, Neva
Thanks for the uplift


7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning Neva,
I love this post! I want that child like faith too!


7:42 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

You are up and going early this morning, have a great day. No tender mommie moments here this morning, spewing cough syrup, multiple clothes changes and frustration. I need to stop, spend a few minutes in prayer and try again. Someday that will come first and not as a desprate last....
Love Ya,

8:08 AM  
Blogger preacherman said...

I am so glad it is friday.
I am going to have a lot of fun with my 3 boys. We are going to watch some movies, play some games, and weather permitting go outside and maybe have picnic.
I hope you have a blessed weekend. God is a great who has blessed my life and keeps blessing it over and over again with answered prayers and healing. Please keep me in your prayers so I can continue to have fun with my boys and be the father and minister I need to be.
I also pray for you Neva that God's richest blessings fall on you that God will bless your life in ways unknown and ways that you have never thought or ever imagined. God bless you sis.
Have a great weekend. :-)

8:52 AM  
Anonymous carol said...

Thank you for this Neva, somehow you always post just what I need to hear.
Have a blessed weekend


9:07 AM  
Blogger Larissa said...

That makes me want to cry!

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen! " . . . for such is the kingdom of heaven"


9:20 AM  
Blogger Nicki said...

Sweet reminders dear friend! Thank you!!!

10:11 AM  
Anonymous GJ said...

I love those old photo strip things. They bring back great memories of friends and I just acting silly!


10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those cute little boys have grown up to be nice looking men. I know you still spend much time in prayer for Nathan. So do we.

Love ya

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A post full of good reminders.
May God bless you, sister


12:28 PM  
Anonymous Georgian Peach said...

I love the way you think, and the way you make me think.


1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can just see impish Nathan and smiling Chad. I remember too.


4:40 PM  
Blogger Candle (C & L) said...

Precious memories -- a wonderful gift. Oh that we could indeed protect their innocenceand keep them "under our wings" -- but we give them roots and we give them wings and we watch them fly--sometimes that brings joy -- sometimes we have to watch them "crash" -- at all times we leave them in God's hands and hold them close in prayer.

God Bless Charlie

p.s. Sorry I haven't been by lately. I want to come back and "experience" your move with you but that will have to wait. I finally got a couple of posts done -- including two on the "re-wedding" -- The picture of all of our family to-gether will be oneof those precious memories as the years unfold.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog. I always leave with a lot to think about.


5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your beautiful heart is evident in your beautiful words.

May God bless you daily, dear sister in Christ

12:33 PM  
Blogger Dee O'Neil Andrews said...

I've been thinking a lot about my own children and spending time talking with them by phone. They are such blessings in my life.

I always pray for you when I think of you, Neva, about your own son.

Much love to you all today!

of Finding Direction: The Wind Vane Chronicles

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray for you and your ministry. I appreciate all that you do for me and the rest of the blog community.

Thank you

3:43 PM  

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