KIDS IN CHURCH

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This post was made in May of last year, but suitable for today as well.  Have a blessed Sunday everyone!

When Jesus’ disciples tried to dismiss the children from the large crowd,  Jesus rebuked and reminded them that His kingdom consisted of those with a childlike faith.  Kids believe without hesitation – accept with open minds – come with no preconceived ideas or years of theological study.

Looking back, it wasn’t easy getting three kids ready for church.  They complained, many times refused, would much rather crawl back into their warm beds and preferred to watch Sunday morning cartoons – but we went to church.  It was simply a part of their childhood.

Once there, we faced short attention spans, fidgeting, teasing each other, not paying attention and trying to discretely open a bag of Cheerios to satisfy them for a while.  Sometimes their loud singing brought stares. There were several trips to the restroom to review the rules and talk about behavior.  I felt all eyes follow as we took one after the other out.

One Sunday our precocious third child coaxed a piece of chewing gum from the boy sitting in front of us.  She literally retrieved it from his mouth!  The poor little guy asked his dad for another piece and was told that if he swallowed it, he couldn’t have anymore.  Of course we explained after church, but it was one of those moments  I  wanted to crawl in a hole.

Most of the time we picked up smidgeons of the sermon, but I often wondered if it was  serving any purpose to bring them to church every week.  In those moments I was underestimating the power of the Holy Spirit.  Not only was He working in the hearts and minds of my children, He was doing so in me as well.

His house is the perfect place to bring our families to be fed, even though we don’t see immediate results.  We’re demonstrating to them the respect and honor  due our God through worship, praise and prayers.  Kids may not be big enough to see over the pew, but they can see us.  God loves children just as He loves all those who come to Him.  He is one of the best things we can bring to these precious little lambs.

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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6 Responses to KIDS IN CHURCH

  1. Reblogged this on God's group and commented:

    Are you taking your kids to church today !!
    Blessings in Christ, bruce

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  2. Wally Fry says:

    My preacher has always said you will never hear him complain about a crying kid in church. That means they are there hearing. Have a wonderful Sunday Kathy!

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  3. Elihu says:

    I have 3 kids. At one point, I was taking a newborn, an 18-month-old and a 3 year old to worship—sometimes single-handedly! I don’t regret any of those days I spent correcting my kids and missing the lesson or spending most of the service in the cry room with a screaming toddler. They now know that it is expected that we worship every week and they are learning to participate more in worship and play less with their toys. It’s a slow process, but a rewarding one. I would encourage all parents not to put off taking their kids to church until they are older—you never know at what age they will engage. Hang in there—it does get better!

    Thank you for this encouraging post!

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      God bless you for doing this. You will not regret it. The Holy Spirit is nourishing your kids with the best food!

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