“Trusting God is always the right thing to do.” A happy birthday note to David.

“Trusting God is always the right thing to do.”

It might not always look like the “smartest” thing to do, but as each day dawns, if we seek the Lord with a yielded heart, doing the best we can, slippin’ and slidin’ along the way, He is our support.

His Hand is our hope and stay.

He offers grace, “unmerited favor,” and mercy, “not giving us what we deserve.” God is a faithful Father.

And God spoke from heaven in Luke 9:35, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”

There was a day I heard God say those words to me, so I spend time each day trying to do just that – to “hear Him”

 Jesus said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14.

Perhaps I’ll spend my lifetime discovering what this verse is all about. But today I write because we celebrate the birthday of my 9th child, David.

Happy Birthday David! How can you actually be 17 years old today?

Born in the year 2000, I will never have to stop and do math to figure out your age. My 2000 baby.

David, you are such a blessing. Words could never express.

From the beginning, well, you did have a bit of a rough beginning, at least from my point of view – you were my biggest baby of the 11 at 8lbs 14 oz.

But for you, it was probably wonderful to be breathing well at birth because you had the chord wrapped around your neck during delivery. Thanks to the best midwife on the planet, Marylou Nalducci,

and our Lord Jesus, (who was watching out for you then and is watching out for you now,)

you recovered it all. The purple blue face for the first few days, all the prodding from the Neonatologist, the tests. And then later, coming home to a houseful of kids who couldn’t wait to hold you.

It is days like this when you can say with a heart skipping with joy, “It is always right to trust the Lord.”

And now to think, you will be approaching your Senior year in high school. And smart as can be. No damage done in that rough beginning, that’s for sure.

“Thank you Lord.”

David, 17 years later your mom and dad will still tell you, “It’s always right to trust the Lord.” We might not always say it with an outward “skip and a hop,” in our voice, but with a deep resound.

But God has shown himself faithful daily. To you, to me, to our entire family. That is why your mom and dad love the Lord so much David. Because He loves us first.

And He blessed us on June 3 with you! “Trusting God is always the right thing to do!”

But you have experienced and seen for yourself, in the 17 young years of your life, that “trusting God” in life is a bit like a marathon. It has it’s ups and downs and dizzy spells and muscle aches.

Sometimes “trusting God” just plain hurts. Especially if you feel you are on mile 17 of the run, or again on mile 26, with rubber knees and bleeding toes! ( I wouldn’t know from running specifically.)

But experientially, your mom and dad can say, David, It’s always right to trust the Lord. You see, He is the One who directs your steps through the rough terrain and the smooth.

He’s there at the beginning. He waits for us to believe. He hears us when we bleed. He helps us persevere. And in Him, He helps us succeed.

Seek His face as you wake. Hear His voice in His word. Talk to Him throughout your day.

Trust God. He is faithful. Always.

David, before you get out of bed, take a hold of your Father’s hand – your Father in heaven, and follow His lead. He will show you the way.

I love you, forever,

mom

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5,6.

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8.

“Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?” Deuteronomy 10:12-13.

No one likes the word, “suffer…”

The New King James Version term ‘suffer’ actually can be translated in today’s language as “allow.” (Allow), or “Let the little children to come unto Me,…” These words were spoken by Jesus to His disciples.(Matthew 19:14). Oh yes, they THOUGHT they knew what was best, so they began to send the children away. But Jesus was NOT happy!

“And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased…” (Mark 10:13, 14).

The mothers brought their children to Jesus that He might ‘touch’ them. But the disciples sent them away: “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and  said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14).

None of us in this century, (or any century past) likes to hear the word, “suffer”! But back in the day, this word meant ‘ to allow’, ‘ to let.’

Most mamas want their children ‘touched’ by the Lord. Most mamas want their children to ‘protected from evil’ and most mamas hold their babies in their arms and ‘marvel’ and pray and dream and hope wonderful things for their children. Yes, they do.

Today I write because of the word, ‘suffer’. Many children  are ‘SUFFERING!’ Today, can we pray to do our part to ‘Allow’ and ‘let’ the little children, young and even older be part of our lives, especially those who have never been ‘brought to Jesus’, and may we be willing to ‘bring them to Jesus?’

Maybe the word ‘suffer’ is appropriate. We might need to be ‘inconvenienced’ to be about ‘letting’ and ‘allowing’ children to ‘Come to Jesus.’ Prayer was taken out the schools in this country. God was taken out of the text books in the public schools. History has been changed to be ‘politically correct’, but HIS STORY is the same.

The children are constantly drilled in ‘comprehension’. Who’s gonna help them to comprehend that:  Jesus “was the true Light which gives light to every man who comes into the world.

We know that they don’t ‘comprehend’ because it is written: He(Jesus ) was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him, (or comprehend Him). He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.”(John 1:9-11).

But, we know He can ‘touch them’ and make them ‘new creations’ and adopt them into His family: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12).

Perhaps the King James Version is appropriate for today. “Lord Jesus, please help us ‘mamas and papas and granmas and gramps be willing to ‘suffer’ and bring the children we come in contact with, to Jesus, as we sit in our houses or travel in our cars, as we go off to sporting events, and we go along the way! In Jesus Name, Amen”.

Please join me in this prayer for our own hearts, (in that ‘allowing’ and ‘letting’ the little children might not be ‘easy’.Let us pray that we may do ‘hard things’ in our day. That we would love the children (young and even very old) that we come in contact with, and that we would have hearts that break as they ‘suffer’ in darkness. May we take courage in the Spirit of the Lord to bring these ‘babes’ of all ages…to the Light,to be touched (and forever changed) by Jesus: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is as new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ,…” (2 Corinthians 5:18).

“Let the little children come unto Me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And the kingdom of heaven is at hand…“Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”(2 Corinthians 5:20).

Children, children, children: Jesus loves you! This I know!

Let’s be thankful for the ‘good and perfect’ gift…

The perfect gift? The perfect gift is God Himself! Perfectly gold and majestic and awesome to behold, all wrapped up in a most strikingly beautiful crimson red thread of redemption, filled to the brim with the Holy Spirit to show the Way, with even a personal name written on each individually! Yet, so often,… we, the children look for fulfillment elsewhere! How can that be?
The Father God speaks. The children, well,…Oh how we need help to listen. And what happens when God speaks? How can it be so turned around and twisted to mean almost the opposite of its intent? What is the problem here, there’s an enemy amidst us!

But God. He is so patient, and He suffers l-o-n-g with His children. He never changes. He doens’t ‘react’. No, He is s-l-o-w- to a-n-g-e-r! God’s Word to His children is gracious. He IS ‘the Father of lights’,(James 1:17).He sees the ‘good, the bad, and the ugly’ and yet His word says,that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is variation or shadow of turning.”

God is the same, yesterday and tomorrow, there is love so deep our brains can’t even comprehend! Today, we must be thankful for that ‘good and perfect gift’ Who reminds us what’s true and what we really must do:

He is the ‘giver’. It is our job to ‘receive’. He did the work. It is the child’s job to ‘believe’! How can something so simple become so complicated? Perhaps the old hymns were written to simplify. Perhaps God’s word reminds us to ‘speak in hymns’because the old song just won’t be sung,but reading, and speaking these words filled with ‘light’ enlighten our darkness, His grace now we see. The greatest gift is God Himself who sent His Son to pay our debt, and to die in our place, we’ve heard the story, but there is so much more, so much more…

when His ‘good and perfect gift’ takes root in our heart and we finally ‘hear’ we finally respond. Instead of reacting thinking, “God’s out to get us!”, we finally see, He, The Lord God, the Creator of our very life, He is on-our-side!
So, Phil P. Bliss sat down yesteryear and penned in simplicity of the greatest gift of all:
“Once For All (Free From The Law).” “Free from the law, O happy condition! Jesus hath bled, and there is remission; Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall, Grace hath redeemed us once for all.”

“Once for all, O sinner, receive it! Once for all, O brother believe it! Cling to the cross, the burden will fall; Christ hath redeemed us once for all!”

The hymn is a tool that the good Lord uses, to get the children’s eyes back on His precious promises. Then all of a sudden the sparkle of gold and the red crimson thread are the focus of the child instead of the ‘wild roller-coaster ride’ that only leads to chains and heavy hearts and fear. Phil P. Bliss continues his writing: “Now are we free, there’s no condemnation! Jesus provides a perfect salvation; “Come unto Me” O hear His sweet call! Come and He saves us once for all.”

These words are amazing, so gloriously true, that they need to be repeated, they’re almost ‘too good’ to be true: “Now we are free, there’s no condemnation! Jesus provides a perfect salvation; “Come unto Me” O hear His sweet call! Come and He saves us once for all.”

Children, perhaps we’ll never sing this age-old hymn, that we have even no idea the melody within, but today with thankful hearts we read it and agree, that these very words ‘lift us as wings as eagles’ above the melencholy world that we plod along daily! Today, let’s be thankful for that ‘good and perfect gift’ of the Holy Spirit that guides us and leads us and reminds us what’s True and what Life’s all about, He’s about loving His children, if they only keep turning their eyes upon Jesus, they’ll be filled with joy, continually. No matter what’s going on, because God the Father, He knows our name and He’s calling and calling, and waits all the day:

“Children of God O glorious calling! Surely His grace will keep us from falling; Passing from death to life at His call, Blessed Salvation once for all. Once for all, O sinner, receive it! Once for all, O brother, believe it! Cling to the cross, the burden will fall; Christ hath redeemed us once for all!”

Thankful, so thankful we can be today, because Jesus has called us and we each need to hear. But sometimes He uses an age-old hymn, that never gets tired or out of date! The words tell the message so clear and simple that the children can STOP…
and recall, “This is true! Jesus does love me, inside and out, even though He see’s every small bit of doubt, and all of the things that might not be so pretty, not ‘pretty’ at all, but my Jesus, He loves me. I now see my need to pick up that gift and make it my own. And keep it beside me wherever I roam!

Thankful, so thankful we can all be, because God the Father loves us and sent His Son to do the work, and gave us His Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts to remind us these things to lift us out of the dark!

“And God, now that we see Your great love for me, will You fill me with overflowing love for those, all around me. O God, how I ‘miss the mark’ and ‘sin’ everyday, but Lord will You help me, help me obey, it is so very hard for Your children, (You know!) but will You never give up on me – and thanks fro this old song that is here to remind me time and time again: “Cling to the cross, the burden will fall; Christ has redeemed ME once for all!”

Do all the children say, Amen? Yes, all the children say, “AMEN!”

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you.” John 15:16.

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you…”John15:16. These are words of comfort. I’ve been thinking of them a lot. Thankful that the Holy Spirit reminds us of them. Thankful that Jesus spoke them. Thankful for the Father who always knows what His children need.

God the  Father initiates everything and He speaks to His children in His Story Book so to speak, (because that is what much of the  Old Testament and even the New Testament is – stories). When I think of this verse, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you,” it makes me think of some of the stories.

I’m thinking of the story of Moses, when he was 40 years in the wilderness, (being in the wilderness for  4 days is a trial, and for some 4 weeks,  and for others 4 years – but 40 years!) and he, (Moses) turns aside to see a burning bush which is not  consumed by the fire. (Exodus 3).“And when the Lord saw that he (Moses) turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here am I.”

I love the fact that God called Moses by name. And He gave  him a job basically, “Come now therefore and I will send you to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10.

Moses’ response?

“Who am I…?” Ex. 3:11.

But God answers Moses, “I will surely be with you;”Ex. 3:2.

“I will surely be with you.” God the Father knows what His children need.

And what about the story about Joshua after Moses had died and God called Joshua and said, “So now arise, [take his place], go over the Jordan, you and all this people…” God must have known Joshua needed encouragement, because He tells him, “…As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.”Joshua 1:5.

It’s those same words again. These are the words of our Father to us. “I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.”

And what about the story of Gideon? He was not courageous or powerful and yet God called him to deliver the Israelites from the Mideonites. Remember his words to God, “Oh Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Behold , my clan is the poorest…and I am the least in my father’s house.” Judges 6:15, Amplified.

BUT  GOD! Do you remember how the Lord responded? Much like a father to a son, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall smite the Midianites as one man.” Judges 6:16, Amplified.

“Father, today your children need comfort. We each are ‘homesick’. Thank you for the stories. They help change our fear to faith,

“So we may boldly say:

‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ Hebrews 13:6. And Father, just because your children forget sometimes, can you keep reminding us,

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you.”

To think, that none of us really make the decision for God, it all starts with Him. God, the Father so loved the world that He sent Jesus to be with us, and not only that, to die on the cross for all of our sin, and He gave us His Holy Spirit so we will never be alone, ever. We are not alone, He is always with us,

“for He (God) Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you not give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will not] in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake not let [you] down, [relax my hold on you]. – Assuredly not!.” Hebrews 13:5.(Amplified).

“So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say,

The Lord is my helper, I will not be seized with alarm – I will not fear or dread or be terrified. What can man do to me? (Heb. 13:6).

And God shows us this is true through the stories. The stories of Moses, of Joshua, of Gideon which all point to the love of the Father to His children – ‘for God so loved the world…’