Sunday, February 11, 2007

Children Are A Heritage From The Lord

Children are a heritage from the Lord

When they are little and consume your days and nights, children are a real challenge. I remember thinking when the boys were little and both had the stomach flu at the same time that parenting is not a job for the faint-hearted. We see them through teething, illnesses, tantrums, and heartbreaks. Then suddenly one day, we’re having a conversation with them and we realize that we are talking to our friend. They exchange ideas with you and you think, “wow, their struggle for independence has given way to creative thinking and reasoning skills!” Dinnertime tradition moves from cutting up their food in tiny pieces to learning table manners then enjoying dinners with them by candlelight. The scriptures say this is the Lord’s gift.

I was feeling all sentimental today about that when Paul Burton came home from church and wanted to help us get ready for our Small Group meeting here tonight. He was in his dress shirt and slacks but that didn’t hinder him from donning bright green rubber gloves and cleaning the commodes. I thought the color combination was striking! So there I was in the kitchen making potato soup talking to Paul Burton who was just around the corner diligently cleaning the bathroom. I was chatting away about the potato soup recipe thinking, “He’s smart, handsome, cleans toilets, and listens to me chatter non-stop. I think I have raised the perfect man!” I looked around the corner of the kitchen to find out why he wasn’t responding to me and found out he had his headphones on listening to music and wasn’t hearing a word I said. So, maybe he isn’t perfect, but it is so much fun to have children who become our friends and share life’s ups and downs with us. We realize that somewhere along the way we become a team, helping each other, encouraging each other, and all the while, keeping the advancement of the Gospel message the goal of our lives.

As we look forward to our Small Group coming over tonight, we are thankful that Katy is out of bed and will be joining us for our lesson and prayer time. My mother-in-law gave me a refrigerator magnet that states, “There is no greater joy than knowing my children walk with the Lord.” I have found that to be true. And when they walk with Him they become like Him, serving, loving, and giving of themselves, for the sake of the Gospel. If you are in the middle of those diaper years, keep giving, keep loving, keep praying, and it will all come back to you one day. “For whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). If you have done all that and your children are not walking with Him, remember with thanksgiving in your heart that the end of the story has not been told.

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  1. Andrea R Says:

    Hello Dawn,
    what an encouragement you are to all of us. I do not know where you get it from (looking above), but you encourage me everyday I read this Blog.

    “If you have done all that and your children are not walking with Him, remember with thanksgiving in your heart that the end of the story has not been told”.
    And yes thinking of my son right now, you are absolutly right, it isnt over yet. My Prayer is that one day he will come around and find our Lord and Savior.
    Anyways I hope Katy having a wonderful time tonight at small Group.
    Praying for you all
    Love Andrea

  2. Doris Harriff Says:

    I look at your family - and go back to your in-laws’ family, and see how their children and their families are all serving the Lord, and wish it were the same in my case. My daughter has become extremely wayward, and my son doesn’t believe in God because of the things they went through as children, at the hand of their own father. I did my best, but couldn’t overcome his behaviour. I hope that, even so, the Lord will override all the evil that has been done, and that they will return to the things I tried to teach them as children. Even so, I can rejoice with you that your children are walking with the Lord.
    Aunt Doris

  3. Trisha Ferris Says:

    A man never looks handsomer than when he’s cleaning toilets in his dress shirt. Bravo, Paul Burton!

  4. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Wow, that story made me laugh. Paul is such a great guy, despite his headphones!! :-D
    Katy, I’m glad to hear that you’re up and about. That’s wonderful!! I hope that your talk with the doctors goes well tomorrow.
    With love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  5. Jess Lee Says:

    Hey Katy,

    Just wanted to say that we missed you this weekend at the HPS conference. I was really hoping to get to meet you, but I know you weren’t feeling well and it was best that you stayed home and recovered.
    Know that Candice and Crystal performed amazingly (as to be expected :) , and you were in our hearts throughout the entire weekend.
    Hope you get back to feeling better soon.

    God Bless,

  6. Jess Lankford Says:

    Dawn -
    Thank you for the encouragement! These days of wiping noses, cutting food and changing diapers can be so long and it seems like there is no end in sight! Thank you for the glimpse into the future! :)

    Praying for you at the dr. today!

    Love you all!

  7. Karen Tillman Says:

    A man poised at the toilet, and cleaning it. That my dear is true love of a son!!! We missed you guys at conference, and I will tell you. It truly warmed all our hearts to be able to talk to Katy on speaker phone. I am still longing for the day that we can meet in person.

    Take care
    Karen Tillman