Precious Children…born to a King


Today, the world is hearing about the birth of a royal son as other mothers, with less fame, are giving birth to baby boys and girls around the world.

Some of these children will be born in dire situations with extreme poverty, sounds of war around them, and disease.  Some of these children will be born in better situations but they may have parents who wonder how they will feed or clothe them.  Some of these children have it even better as their parents decide which school to send them to or which outfit they will wear on the way home from the hospital.  Some of these children are born into homes where the parents love and cherish them.  Some are born into homes where the parent(s) never wanted them and will let them know they are not wanted for the rest of their lives.

However, each of these children has something in common even with the royal baby that has been born.

The commonality is that they are all precious to Jesus as newborns and He cares for each of them.  Then they become His princes and princesses, born to a royal family, when they accept Him as their personal savior.  In the meantime, here are on earth, we need to help take care of these precious children and cherish them.

After all, Luke 18:15-17 (MSG) reads, “People brought babies to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. When the disciples saw it, they shooed them off. Jesus called them back. ‘Let these children alone. Don’t get between them and me. These children are the kingdom’s pride and joy.  Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” 

My husband Dene and I started sponsoring a little girl from India last Christmas.  This is something I have wanted to do for a long time but I ignored the voice of God until I heard that voice remind me that there are children who have a need more than our pets.  Yes, I am a pet lover and they do need to be spoiled; however, aren’t children just as precious as animals?

Another way is to become involved in their lives especially if you desire children but cannot have any.  This week, I’m helping out with Vacation Bible School at the church in the crafts department!  What fun!  Children and crafts but I love crafty artsy stuff.

I do have one child but he is living in another town far away from us.  Though I miss and love him dearly, if I try to interfere, things would become difficult for him.  Furthermore, he is settled in this life and becoming involved in his life now, would be too difficult for him.  Thus, I hope that after he turns 18, I can once again become a part of his life.  Please pray that the situation changes once he is of age and can make his own decisions…it’s just a few more years and God once told me to wait that long.  It’s been a hard journey but often we need to step back and let God do His work while loving the person from a distance.

We also need to lift children up and treat them as a gift and not a product (Henri Nouwen, 1984).  Don’t call children names or bully them.  Each one is loved by the most high God.  After all, Matt 18:6 (NIV) warns us not to harm little children.  Therefore, we are to take care of these precious little ones.

Finally, once we establish ourselves in the Vegas area and I have finished my degree, we have a desire to adopt or foster a child(ren) especially since I am approaching the change of life and can no longer bear children.  This desire comes from the desire to have children while obeying God’s purpose for my life – to raise and nurture a child and give them a future and a hope.

Is there a child in your life that needs extra guidance?  Perhaps, it’s not your own child but a neighbor child or a relative’s child?  Whoever, it is, help take care of these precious little children.

And, to those who desire a child and have not been blessed, I am praying that God does send a special blessing to you.  I will also be praying for each of your children and that may they be used by God and grow to be special.  Finally, to those whose child is facing a crisis or is facing an illness, I am praying for them as well as strength for each of their parent.  May each of you be blessed as spiritual or physical parents.

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Connecting with yourself, God, and people in a community


So, in preparation for our move, we went through the pantry and cleaned that up today.  We did have a few extra boxes of food that we figured we would not use up before the move nor do we want to haul a ton of food down to Nevada.  After talking to management, we discovered that there are people in our own building that always need food!  Wow!  What a wakeup call!  So we put the food out and walked away.

Later, as I went to bless someone with a clock, a couple of my neighbors were going through the food as if their life depended on it.  They were excited about the blessing and wanted me to take some of it.  I had to politely decline the offer but walked away with a gladness in my heart – that people were overjoyed at the blessing – and saddened that people are so desperate for food and other supplies like the school supplies we left out for the parents with kids.

It’s about helping people within the community…

After all, we are told to love our neighbors – friend or foe – as much as ourselves and to do this, we need to love the Lord thy God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:36-40).

My latest class The Spiritual Journey:  The Integrated Approach of Henri Nouwen has been about reaching out to other people (outward) while focusing on strengthening the core of who we are (inward) and being able to connect with God through prayer and reading scripture (Upward).

One of the focuses of this journey is reaching out to people within a community, which is anyone that we touch on a daily basis rather it be the neighbor who needs food or the daughter who needs a hug from her parents.  We are all connected and we can build “a home and create space for God and for the Children of God…within this discipline are the disciplines of forgiveness and celebration” within the community (Nouwen 1995; Moving from solitude to community to ministry).

Finally, the food and other supplies that we put out are almost gone.  Though it was a simple gesture of providing for the needs of our neighbors by giving what we don’t need, there was a sense of community with these neighbors as they took what they needed and sounded as if they were celebrating a blessed gift.

And, that is what community is all about…

So, what can you do to strengthen the community around you? 

Though we may not always have what they need, we can still create an atmosphere of community service with each other by reaching out to your neighbor by seeing if they need something even if it is just a smile or words of encouragement (Nouwen 1995; Moving from solitude to community to ministry).

After all, we are connected with each other and we do live in a world that needs a bit more encouragement…