What a special, wonderful week this has been! This morning I am feeling so blessed! In fact my morning began, almost the moment I
got up, with telling my daughter Laurie (with tears in my eyes) how truly blessed
and grateful I am to the Lord for allowing me to spend time with all nine of my
grandchildren at once. That rarely happens. I am in Alabama with Julie’s children while
their parents have been in the Ukraine on a short missions trip and visiting
with their soon-to-be son Oleg. Laurie’s
family has been on a southern trip to Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee visiting
their supporters and several churches and they are here at Julie’s house for a
week or so as well. It’s a houseful, but it sure is fun!
The kids and I have been playing games, making jewelry,
watching movies, reading books and just laughing ourselves silly. The most precious moments of all, though,
have been in the evenings before bed when all nine of my grandkids, from the
eight month old baby on up to the seventeen year old, gather around me in the
living room and we have devotions together.
I cannot tell you the joy it
brings to my heart to see the love these sweet kids have for the Lord; to share
the Word of God with them and hear their thoughts, their praises and prayer
requests; and to listen as each of them prays.
Even four year old, rambunctious Matthew knows it is a special time and
prays so sweetly. Last night when we
were done he tenderly tucked his Bible under his arm and said something about
going to the “house of God” in the morning.
I have loved the
precious moments I have spent with my beloved grandchildren this week. I hope I will always be the kind of
grandmother Lois was in the Bible—leaving behind a spiritual legacy for her
grandchildren and all those to come after.
“When I call to remembrance the
unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and
thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” (II Timothy 1:5) We
want our children to grow up to be as Psalm 144:12 says, “That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as
corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace.” We want them to grow up trusting, loving,
serving the Lord. “For thou art my hope,
O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.”
Julie and David have been experiencing precious moments, as
well, this week. Their time with the
orphans has been a sweet blessing not only to them and the children, but I know
to the Lord also as they have ministered to and loved these kids. Julie tells me they are hungry for love and even
the 14, 15, 16 years old act like six year olds when it comes to having that personal
contact and attention. David and Julie are
sweet, gentle people and I am sure the children would respond to their nurturing
natures. Julie tells me the kids, girls
and boys alike, have no reservations when it comes to throwing their arms around
them and hugging and kissing them, or walking hand in hand with them.
As sweet as the time has been for them, it has also been heartbreaking
as they knew they would be leaving behind these kids, most of whom would not be
adopted and would end up on the streets alone and with a bleak future. Last night as they said goodbye, many of the
kids cried, heartbroken. Oleg cried even
though he knows they are coming back for him. I could see as I Skyped with Julie and David
that they had struggled as well and that they were weary with emotion. I am sure their soft hearts were touched and
Precious moments. Precious
grandchildren. Precious children—all the children of the world. Jesus loves these children. They are precious in His sight. Let us take every
opportunity, every precious moment we can to love, nurture, cherish, teach, and
influence our own precious children, and whatever
precious children the Lord brings into our path, for Him.