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Brenda and the Bible: Childlike Faith 

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By Brenda Groves

The Post Newspaper Contributing Writer

 Last week our family was blessed with our third grandchild. I recalled when the first grand baby arrived almost 5 years ago. The impact she had on my heart, along with the lessons our Heavenly Father taught me through her. I want to share this column again, and I hope you will be encouraged …

At 20 months old our first grandchild brings us so much joy. She wakes up with a sparkle in her eyes, a toothy grin, and outstretched arms to us. 

She will squeal with excitement at the smallest things.  A container of Mandarin oranges is cause for great celebration, as she shoves little fistfuls into her mouth. It gives me pleasure to give her things, not spoiling her (much), but being kind to her, helping and teaching her.  

   I notice that she also treasures the simplest things at this age, her tiny pillow, or a favorite blanket. When we go for walks she stops to study EVERY creature.  To us an ant may not be a big deal, unless it’s crawling on us that is, but to a young child it is a great mystery, and a wonder to behold. 

   When she’s sad my heart grieves with her, and when she runs to me for comfort I NEVER push her away. I want good things for her. 

  One day I was watching her cooking up a meal for me in her play kitchen and I found myself grinning ear to ear. My heart was so full just to see her enjoying being a child. 

   Suddenly, I felt the presence of the Lord around me like a soft blanket. I nuzzled a little closer to Him, and as I watched the baby play I felt the impression of the Holy Spirit’s heart, on my heart. 

   He was reminding me when I first came to know Him almost 27 years ago. At the age of 33, I came to Him like a child, my heart totally opened, and exposed before Him. I remember falling to my knees in complete brokenness, and my faith reaching out to Him like outstretched arms.

    My Heavenly Father gathered me up into His arms, pouring His liquid love into my heart, a beautiful exchange taking place- my unrighteousness for His righteousness. His unconditional love rose up from my new born again spirit, flowing like a river through my soul and body. I had made peace with God, and He made me His child. 

    For the first time I saw the world through His eyes, everything was brand new! Like a child, I asked millions of questions as I began exploring the treasures of the Bible with my whole heart. I saw the works of His hands everywhere, and began to expect His kindnesses and delightful surprises wrapped up in the simplest packages. 

    I remember exclaiming with delight at scriptures that would pop out at me like a children’s book. I used my imagination to see myself walking with Jesus along the shores of Galilee, or slaying giants with David.  I even began picturing myself praying for people, and seeing the Lord heal them through my hands. 

     I was learning how to appreciate the intimate relationship that He wanted us to have, the real reason He sent His Son. 

   But the world wants to compete for our attention. Satan can masquerade religion as a relationship, and pretty soon my heart began to grow dull towards Him, and mature in the things of this world. I realize that the Lord wants us to mature in Him, growing up in Christ, but I quit coming to Him as a child, instead I became loaded down with grownup burdens, and cares of this life. 

    That day with our grand baby He reminded me that even though I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus, I am also His child. 

   He wants to spend time with me, embrace me in the folds of His word, be kind to me, teach and protect me. 

   It gives the Lord great delight in letting Him Father us, just like it gives me pleasure when our grandbaby allows me to be a grandmother to her. To love, teach, and protect her, thoroughly enjoying our relationship. Likewise, I am giving the Lord an opportunity to Father me, be kind to me, and give Him my full attention with a joyful heart. 

   Be encouraged today … if your heart has strayed from your Heavenly Father, or if you have never met Him. Just stop where you are, with childlike faith, reach

 out to Him- call out to Jesus. Expect Him to respond, He’s as close as your breath … and He’s waiting for you with outstretched arms. 

   “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His Holy name! Bless the Lord, O my should, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your inquiries, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  Psalm 103:1-5

   “Do not fear little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32

   “The Mighty One will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

   “Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matt: 18:2-4

Contact Brenda Groves at: bkgroves1996@yahoo.com

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