When most people say, “I really didn’t know my father,” what they really mean is “I had a terrible relationship,” or “My dad hardly talked to me” In my case it meant that he was like someone I had met once in a dream. Until I was 15 years old he was only able to visit twice and I only vaguely remembered the second visit when he brought me a football.
But the lack of relationship I had with my father was not his desire, it had come about because of a broken relationship. In the same way the greatest barrier we all have in our relationship with God is to realize that it is not His desire. God does not wish our separation nor is he satisfied with the week-end visitation rights that my own father finally received. God wants full custody and offers an amazing inheritance in our covenant relationship with Him. More to come in the next post. Stay tuned!
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12
Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
The smiles of grandchildren are the most beautiful flowers in the garden!
Several years ago I wrote a series of children’s stories about a little lamb named Tad. Tad got into all kinds of trouble but through each story He learned to make friends, trust His shepherd and become a little more grown up. To the Tad stories which I developed for a class of young boys I have now added three more stories. These new stories are about Tad’s new friend Candle. Candle is a firefly and He has his own set of adventures, dangers and exciting rescues. The Complete Adventures of Tad and Rad is dedicated to our grandchildren and is now available in paperback on Amazon.com. You can follow the link or look it up yourself on Amazon. Be blessed and enjoy!
The Complete Adventures of Tad and Candle
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God Philippians 4:6
Am I anxious about tomorrow’s decision or resting in whatever comes? A
m I worried about fixing things in the house (Like the furnace that failed before Christmas), or am I trusting that God knows everything we need? Am I happy with my small ministry in the church or am I constantly pushing for a more prominent position? These are where mental battle lines are drawn each week for many of us. Interestingly, Paul wrote these words from a Roman prison cell where he also observed that whether he lived or died he was content in Christ.
One famous ballet dancer shared in a New York Times magazine interview, that he never felt more empty than when he had finished a perfect performance and heard the sound of applause filling the air.. Recently, one man was arrested with 21 million dollars in cash under his mattress, and another sits in jail to conceal the knowledge of a treasure ship filled with gold. They have each traded their health, their freedom and their years for one moment of riches. In contrast, I will always remember a village at the center of a tea plantation in north India. I sat on the ground with small children who happily ate their rice, dahl and chicken with curry. There were no tears, complaining or pushing and shoving to be seen that afternoon. Gentle shy smiles peeked up at me as my own tears flowed down my face.
Where is that kind of peace and contentment here in America or in my own life today? We seem to complain deeply over the loss of small things and fight bitterly for control of passing power,position or possessions. But when we pray and release everything to God, the greatest treasure sits waiting to be discovered! What could be of more value than His peace?
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.! Philippians 4:7
I’ve began by weaving together stories for our children when they were small. While there were a number of starts and stops along the way they culminated in a single tale about a lost lamb, named Tad. As the years have passed Tad’s adventures grew into a three part series and now that our “boys” are in their forties I have started a series for the grand-kids about “Candle” the firefly. In all there are six stories, each being a small adventure that focuses on a life lesson for little hearts such as, how to make friends, trust God or be brave.
If you would like to find out what Tad or Candle have been up to you may either follow the link provided or search on Amazon for it by title. Be blessed
The Complete Adventures of Tad and Candle
Seventh Gift of Christmas – Grace
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
If Jesus came as a barefoot child to your home would he be welcomed in? If He knocked at your door would He be considered a stranger? If He asked for your time would he be treated as an honored guest? If He was rejected by your neighbors would He be defended as a part of your family?
The good news of Immanuel (God with us) is that Jesus passes through our little world every day in all these hidden ways. If we want to know the riches of the gift of His grace, what better way than to give it away?
Follow the new adventures of a shy firefly named Candle as he learns to make a friend. Great story for home school – teaching a little nature a little Bible and plenty of wholesome adventure!
Available in e-book format on Amazon
Candle Makes a Friend