"They and their children and their grandchildren after them will live there forever?
I will make my home among them. I will be their God, and they will
be my people. Ezekiel 37:25,27 (NLT)
Their eyes lit up when my husband and I entered the classrooms. They eagerly introduced us to the room full of excited children and other smiling grandparents.
It was a "precious moment!" Our four-year-old son Joey had just knelt with Mom and asked Jesus to come into his heart. Picking up his little t-shirt, he looked down at the "appropriate place" and said, "Jesus, are You in there?" It was a priceless memory for the baby book too--and for heaven's Book of Life, where the names of all God's children are written and remembered! The Lord Jesus Christ was the welcome Guest in a little boy's heart that day, too young to know deep theology or debate a doctrinal thesis, too young to memorize the Gospel of John or the Book of Acts, but old enough to feel God's love drawing him to a loving Lord. A special moment indeed which he--and Mom--will never forget!
When I was a boy of about ten, there was a television show I loved to watch. It starred Phil Silvers and was about a lovable rascal called Sgt. Bilko. He was a motor pool sergeant who along with some of his cohorts was always looking for the big score. He lived by his wits, his charm and fast talking to get him out of the trouble he always got himself and his friends into.
The morality of the 1950's never allowed him to profit from his shenanigans, but you always hoped he might some day.
It was only a handmade trinket,
With little beauty or worth.
Still, the proudest gift she had given
In her five years upon the earth.
When her dad, in terrible anger,
Destroyed her work of art
In blindness, he never realized,
What he shattered was her heart.
| Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.|
Proverbs 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
Isaiah 5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
As Christians, just how happy are we? Can we really say we trust God and mean it? How many times have we gotten into a fix and wondered WHY GOD let us get there? Do we ever take the blame for things 'WE' got ourselves into? Do we want a GOD who is there 'when we' want Him, or do we want to know GOD as the one who is with us every moment? Do we tend to HIS business, or are we too confined to our own lives to pay attention to the will of God for our lives? Do we tend to want to 'figure out God', or do we let GOD do what He wants to do in our lives, without trying to decide what He might do next? Lots of things to ponder.
Rev. Spence Laycock pastors at Church of the Open Bible, Ponoka, Alberta, Canada.
Blog Writings by Melva Cooper.
Melva Cooper is a wife, mother and grandmother from Jonesboro, Arkansas. God has given her, in her retirement years, the ministry of writing for HIM. "Even in old age, you will still produce fruit" is a verse He has given her (Psalm 92:14). And it is her desire to serve Him all the days of her life.
Barbara, a Christian homemaker, began her Web Site through encouragement from her son, and a dream. It quickly became a ministry for the Lord. She began writing devotionals to encourage, inspire, and build up spiritually those coming to her site. Barbara is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
Dr. Harold McNabb pastors at Westshore Presbyterian Church in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
"Ever feel as though life is a lions' den and like Daniel, you're right in the middle of it all? Enjoy these "Devotions from the Den" (Lions 'n Life at Peggie's Place) and delight in God's promises of love, joy and peace for whatever is happening in YOUR den today!"
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