KIDS IN CHURCH

I’m repeating this post again, because I really know the value of bringing kids to church. It was a real battle when my own were little, but we can’t underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit working in hearts and minds from early on. Through their baptism, that power has been unleashed, preparing our children for life.

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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14 Responses to KIDS IN CHURCH

  1. What a beautiful post! Luke 18 was my New Testament reading this morning, and that very occasion was cited. I will share this on my Facebook page. Unfortunately, many have given in to Children’s church.

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  2. hatrack4 says:

    This morning, the preacher’s adopted daughter (in her twenties) walked in and sat in front of us. She was holding a six-week old baby. My wife and I had missed a couple of weeks due to the work down south, but the young lady didn’t look pregnant before we left. I sat there in awe of how tiny the baby was, since my youngest will be 39 years old in a few months. My wife was bold enough to ask. Their daughter was working the nursery and when there was only the one tiny baby, she took it upon herself to take the baby across the hall with everyone else. She could always go back if the baby got fussy.

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  3. Wally Fry says:

    I spend almost every worship service with some kid sitting next to me, or even on my lap. We have a strong bus ministry, so some of us get adopted by some of them, since they are not there with Moms and Dads. The irony here is that I’m not really that much of a kid person. God does have a sense of humor, as he keeps sending them my way. Go figure.

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  4. Oh, the antics of our kids! I just had to laugh…wonderful story, Kathy, and so much encouragement in this post especially for those who wonder if their prayers and spiritual guidance has had any positive impact on their children! Wonderful post! Bravo! ❤ ❤

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  5. Salvageable says:

    It is very important for children to be in church, even before they can read the hymns or understand the sermon. They pick up the liturgy and it becomes part of their lives. They learn from the artwork and from the attitude of the people sitting around them. It may be work to get them ready Sunday morning and work to keep them quietly reverent, but the task is much harder when they haven’t been in church much before their time of instruction begins. J.

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  6. This is wonderful Kathy! I love to see a church with children in it.

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  7. i was raised in adult church. they hadnt invented childrens church. i always sat next to mother. When I see children in church, my attention span of thinking what I need to acomplish for the week is resolved by watching the children and their simple lives.

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