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Contented Children

Reading Pam's post earlier brought to my memory something I'd like to share with you all.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilage to attend a Bible Conference of sorts over in Dallas Texas. On the Sunday morning service, a couple of friends of mine brought their new grandbaby to church. This was my first time seeing her, and I must admit, I was excited at the prospect of perhaps holding her. I LOVE babies! My own have reached teenage years, and I must say, can be trying at times.

The new grandbaby wasn't feeling well, as she was trying to fight off a cold. However, I couldn't help myself, I was DYING to hold her.. just for a few minutes..unfortunately, so was everyone else. At first, she allowed me to ooh and aah over her, paying my due respects to her. Then, moments later, she'd had enough, and wanted her Grandma again. Before church started, she'd grabbed someone's coffee, spilling it on her, was startled when several 'mom's jumped to aid her in cleaning up the coffee, and making sure that Baby was okay; there were so many new people, since this was a conference that folks from all over came. Too many things that upset Baby's world. She was not happy. She just wanted to be left alone with her Grandma and Grandpa. She made upset Baby noises to announce her displeasure at how the world was.

I couldn't help but to relate this to my own life. How often do I make noises of displeasure of how the outside world is behaving? Whether towards me, friends, or just behaving in general. Just as Baby knew that Grandma was close by, she still voiced her displeasure; so I also know my Father is here, but I still voice my displeasures at times. The world is upsetting. Nothing new--just the normal people-dying-killing-being-cruel. I was going to heaven, so I couldn't put my finger on why I was being bothered. Didn't I trust God? Didn't I have 'enough' faith to be a kind loving Christian?

Back to Baby. As the services started, people started settling down, and another voice Baby loves so well--Grandpa--was leading the music. All is well with Baby now. The outside world has left her alone, and she is firmly fixed on Grandpa's voice up on stage. The one she knows loves her and would protect her at all costs. Although she is sitting with Grandma, she knows Grandpa isn't very far away. After the music, Grandpa comes and sits with her. The pastor is preaching in a soft mellow voice. A few minutes later, snuggled up by Grandma, and seeing Grandpa close by, Baby makes very contented baby noises. Now THAT was music to my ears :) I could feel my own nerves settling down as her voices of displeasure became voices of contentment. I wanted to make noises of contentment in my own life, but for a while, all I could muster were the voices of frustration. I couldn't figure out why, and THAT frustrated me.

A week or so later, Grandpa gives the message, since Pastor isn't available. Come to find out, Grandpa is tired and angry as well. Why? We're tired of people hurting themselves and each other. Not judging them, just observing that there's a lot of hurt going on. We're tired of our loved ones suffering, and we can't do anything about it. As I write this, I have a dear friend that has maybe 4-5 days of life here on this earth. She has been fighting cancer for a few months now. It has been painful to watch her suffer. I can't stop her suffering. I can't stop her husband's heartache as he watches his beloved lying in torment day after day after day. And I'm tired of it. For weeks now, maybe not even able to put it in conscious words, I have been making discontented baby sounds. Like Baby saw Grandma and Grandpa close by, she was still bombarded on every side with all these other people invading her life. Wanting her to pay attention to THEM (yes, I was one of THEM). Although she knew Grandma and Grandpa were there, she was still frustrated and at times, even angry at the things going on around her. Sometimes, she caused the frustrations herself (reaching for the coffee) and sometimes, just happenstance frustrated her, (Could I PLEASE hold Baby??) Be it her doings or the 'worlds' doing, Baby was frustrated.

With my own frustrations, sometimes it's of my own doing. Perhaps I have also reached out for the proverbial coffee, and when it spilled, I wanted to lash out at the world for putting the coffee in my reach to begin with. I know God is there. I know Jesus lives inside me, but I still want this world to leave me alone. I want it to leave my Family alone.
This week, my Father has begun the music again. Although the world is still around me, I can tune my focus in on Him, the One Who loves me unconditionally. I still know that my friend is dying. I still know that her husband (also my friend) will have some trials up ahead, but I can start making contented baby sounds, because I know that my friend too, will soon hear our Father singing as her faith is soon made sight. I know that, although her passing will be a trial for her husband, he too, will soon hear our Father singing out to us.

Although we are with Jesus now, just as Baby was with Grandma. We know that, as soon as our Father is through singing, He'll bring us to Him, and we can be with Him for eternity. Meanwhile, we can focus on His voice, and make contented noises.

Thank you for allowing me to share my heart.

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Comment from: Pam [Member]
Hey Lisa,

I'm sorry about your friend. I know you hurt for her family and that you will miss her. Death though, truly is just a shadow and though it is passing over her, she won't be consumed by it. When it has passed, she will rejoice and I'm sure she wants you to rejoice with her.

I'll keep you and she and her family in my prayers.

Permalink 10/07/06 @ 22:55
Comment from: Cornelis Droog [Visitor] ·
Are Your Children or Grandchildren, Kids/Goats?

We really should try to speak like we love GOD and all HIS Creation, especially HIS Children.

In Strong's Hebrew and Greek Concordances: His Children

In Strong's Concordance the Old Testament Hebrew word Kid is Strong's number ryes sa’iyr of res sa’ir, bn, zn from TWOT-2274c, 2274e KJV - Kid 28, Goat 24, Devil 2, Satyr 2, Hairy 2, Rough 1.

In the New Testament Greek we see Kid used once. In Luke 15:29 it is also defined in Strong's Concordance number as Goat.

We read in Matthew 25:31-32: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep [His Children] from the goats : And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues [the language of Gods word, the Bible].

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues*, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

* not the language of the world.

Let God be Magnified!
In Christian love,

Permalink 01/11/07 @ 13:21
Comment from: Tom Kuckla [Visitor]
Are Your Children or Grandchildren, Kids/Goats?

Thank you for this information. We really should try to speak like we love GOD and all HIS Creation, especially HIS Children.

Proverbs 8:6-9 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

Praise GOD for HIS WORD!!!
Permalink 01/16/07 @ 16:10
Comment from: a concerned believer [Visitor]
Thanks for sharing that. I hear that word “kid” used so much, I find myself sometimes saying it. But I remembered Brother Tom making an issue of that on one of the trips and I try to catch myself when I say "kid". Now, I really understand why we shouldn't use that for children.

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. (1 John 2:18)
Permalink 01/16/07 @ 17:09
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·
I pray that the Lord clear the minds of the last three commenters, so that they can understand what even a young kid (which means child in this context and in the language that we all speak) could sort out. First to realize that your original post doesn't even contain the word "kid" in it ... and then to realize that even if it did, they are making a distinction that lacks any real difference.

Ripening still,
Permalink 01/17/07 @ 00:00
Comment from: Mick McMullen [Visitor]
Are Your Children or Grandchildren, Kids/Goats? I must confess that I myself have been guilty of this error in my life. I thank our Lord that you shared this with me and that I too, by His mercy, will be able to make this correction. Our Lord is doing a mighty work in these last days*. I marvel that He tells us in Matthew 24:21 that there is a great tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world. But at the same time He also tells us in Matthew 24:37-38 that the world will not perceive of this great overturning (Ezekiel 21:27, I Corinthians 1:27-31). I pray that He will give us wisdom to keep us humble in these last days*. We must glory in Him and know that it is all of His work and we are but unprofitable servants doing that which is our duty (Luke 17:10). * Time Has an End: A Biblical History of the World 11,013 B.C. – 2011 A.D. A book by Harold Camping. This book is freely available through Family Radio:
Permalink 01/17/07 @ 15:48
Comment from: lisa Brookins [Visitor]
Okay... I am royally confused. The original post was how the grandbaby was contented in the arms of the ones she trusted--her grandparents. The analogy was made of how we, as God's sons and daughters, we can be totally contented in the arms of our Heavenly Father, knowing He is totally trustworthy in all areas of our lives. And although we can't be totally trusted (Jesus knew man, and didn't entrust Himself to mankind) We know we can trust God.

When, where, and why did this get changed from a dependency on God, to a split hairs over man's language? Like Trent said, I don't see the word 'kid' in it, but however, even if it were, people would know by context clues that there were no mention of sacrifices, goats, or other things intended.

God's language isn't a bunch of thee's thou's and whatever King James spoke, or even the Aramaic language. God speaks a language that humanity cannot comprehend outside of the Holy Spirit...that language is Love. And there is no articulation for that language. A physcial tongue is not where that language comes from. So calling a person under the age of 18 a kid, child, baby, boy, girl, or whatever, is a red herring. The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in Love.

Being in the South, we often refer to the under 18 people as kids. We don't sacrifice them, nor do we do devil worship or whatever with them. But you know what? They know they're loved :-) And Strong's concordance, although it has its place, wasn't needed to convey the message of love to our kids.

Trent, ripening along with you, :)
Permalink 01/17/07 @ 16:05
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·
Lisa, you have spoken the truth ... and so it will likely be trampled by everyone that is suited to trample on the what is right.

Permalink 01/17/07 @ 16:41

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