What Children Teach Us

December 19, 2013

We teach children how to measure and how to weigh. We fail to teach them how to revere, how to sense wonder and awe. – Harold Kushner 

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Jesus told us we must be like children.  There is much to learn from them.


My New Series “Like A Child” Reflections of Him

July 16, 2013

Psalm 8:1-5

King James Version (KJV)

8 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

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What does faith look like?  Do you seek to see His face?  Do you desire an image of love of and for the Lord in a powerful way?  It looks like a child . . .

by Martha L Shaw © 7-15-2013


Jesus Hugged Me Twice Today!

June 24, 2013

Today was the first day of our church VBS and I was eager to participate yet apprehensive about starting the day since the challenges in my life seem large and the solution hasn’t been revealed yet.  Will I be able to . . . oh, what about my . . . but I got up, did my morning routine and set off.  “I hope I can . . . ”

I didn’t see anyone when I got out of the car on this cloudy day.  I went about doing the things I needed to do.  We all have much to do in the minutes before 100 or so children excited arrived.  As I continued along, I saw a sweet little girl who lives far away but comes to visit family around here periodically and she has always touched my heart.  As soon as we spied each other, she came rushing close and gave me a big hug.  Clouds?  What clouds?

The first day of VBS went well, and the bumps along the way were smoothed.  Later, one of the slightly older children, an eager “helper” was with some older kids who were also helping.  I stood behind the church pew where she sat with the other kids and suddenly she stood up and leaned over the pew and gave me such a loving hug. I’m so glad she’s not “too old” to hug!

As we, the adults leading the VBS met to discuss the morning’s events , we were asked for any Jesus moments anyone wished to share from the children in the classes.  One teacher spoke up that she’d been talking about prayer and said “well, shall we pray?”  One wee one quickly spoke up saying “I will!” and led the prayer aloud in her classroom.”  Wow!  Jesus hugged lots of us today!

Another teacher spoke up next.  She mentioned a little girl, a cancer patient, in her class.  She’s very young, has no hair, and clearly is going through some very scary and rather “grown up” things despite her tender age.  She became sad during class at one point and began to cry and ask for her Mama.  A student in the class, little boy I believe we were told, got right up and got her a doll to hug.  Other children also drew close to this sweet little girl with such big scary challenges, and they were quick to  comfort her in their own ways.  Wow, Jesus was busy today!

Thinking about my swollen and sore foot and some other challenges in my life which I’m living with, I’m recalling the Jesus moments from this morning and thinking of His love . . . His healing and amazing love.

 


Six Word Saturday

June 21, 2013

Preparing VBS – Lord bless the children!

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Daily Prompt: Bedtime Stories

March 23, 2013

The Challenge:  What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?

Oh, I am a bit late seeing this DP Challenge but I simply must answer it for there is a definite and immediate name, book, and direct influence on my life!

There is a book, which I still have, and loved from before I knew how to read.  I looked at it at bedtime and every other chance I got.  The pages are worn not from age but from the frequency they’ve been flipped through.  The book and author not only influenced the woman I am now but helped set a path for my life, my outlook on the world around me, and my writing to this very day.  His work also helped to form the means by which I express myself spiritually and through which the Lord uses me to share Himself with others i encounter on my path.

The book:  A Child’s Garden of Verses

The author:  Robert Louis Stevenson

I have been in love with poetry and with nature from the first time I heard his words about birdies, swings, the sea, and more.  Oh, the adventures, the glorious sunshine streaming through his words and more.  I saw a world I didn’t know and it had music, it was full of color, and it was one I hungered to see and interpret artistically myself.  What I didn’t know was that the author of these words which so touched me came from the pen of a man who was always quite physically ill . . . indeed from the time he was young.  Amazing. Stevenson was born in 1850 and Scottish – I as well have Scottish ancestry.  His writing and poetry have touched so many generations!  His death in 1894 has not changed this as new generations still discover the magic from his pen, just like I did.  I cannot imagine my own writing becoming the legacy that his did, but I cannot look at a bird, a swing, a cow, or an ocean wave without knowing they are beautiful, magical, and possess a power and unique purpose . . . just as every one of us do.  To learn more of this man and his legacy, click here.  Want to change a child’s life forever?  Teach them to love reading!  Buy them a book!  Read to them!

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A Child’s Trusting Heart

March 21, 2013

The other day, at my part-time job, I was in a great deal of pain.  My job is very physical and I was working hard at smiling and reflecting Him but the pain threatened to bring tears.  I wrestled with this and was washing the floor by the drink station at work.  adjacent to this area is the door to the playground.  I suddenly realized a small boy of perhaps three years of age was outside, but not playing.  Instead, he was watching me mop the floor.  He opened the door and peering at the mop, asked “what are doing?” I responded “washing the floor.”  Keeping it simple, I wondered what he’d say next.  He then asked me why and I explained that someone had an “oops” and spilled something.  He came into the restaurant having lost sight of his mama.  He suddenly looked scared.  I saw her behind me ordering their lunch and pointed to her.  I then warned him to walk carefully as the floor might be a little slippery.  He stood very still then walked in a rather amusing way.  It was like a movie in slow motion.  lol  I saw the look of fear on his face, and said “do you want to hold my hand?”  He looked relieved and took it.  He reached his mom, reassured, he turned back to return to the playground.  This time he walked right up to me and extended his hand, knowing I’d take hold and walk him safely to the door.  He smiled and ran to the colorful slide.

I never did learn the small boy’s name.  I did, though, learn much from him.  Trust replaces fear with joy.  It really is that simple.


Change The World? It’s Simple . . .

December 16, 2012

Our priest told a great sermon today.  God wants to give us the best.  We need empty hands and we don’t always leap eagerly to relinquishing our hold on our stuff in order for Him to be able to give us what more and better He has.  “It’s simple.”  God will help us . . . we can turn to Him with our fears . . . change . . . it is  scary sometimes, but oh, when we let Him work through us and fill us with His grace . . . we can.  Favorite quote from the sermon?  “Even an acorn can find a way to roll down the street.”  As I read the following quote, the changes God can help us with . . .  the “yes, but what can I do” and the “my small effort . . . will it really matter?”  Those thoughts all came together with a resounding Yes I can make a difference!

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I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go. – Rachel Joy Scott -

Let’s do this, shall we?  Not just for ourselves. . . let’s do it for the children!


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