After a very early start on life, and Mary's being put at risk, they had beautifully recovered. We were basking in faith and family.
Our niece, Sondra, and her family joined us for the service. At seven and a half, big brother, Alex, knew what was expected in a church service. Little sister, Aleah, had probably been precocious since she was born.
In the very large sanctuary, our family was sitting almost at the front. The service was progressing, people were settling in for the sermon. And then it happened.
Yes, our less than timid four year great niece wasn't a bit shy about letting her needs be known. Recently, I've been thinking about a big lesson learned from that little girl.
In the last few weeks I've been a "Starvin' Marvin". Not for pizza or burgers, but for the Bread of Life. I know it's the end of March, but I'm still figuring out what "wait" (my one word for 2017) looks like for me.
Last week I shared how much I am enjoying joining the conversation, and I really am. I've just been trying to figure out how to balance reading some faith-filled, soul-soothing blogs with my personal quiet time.
It didn't take long to realize I was starved for the Word of God, rejoining the conversation with Him. I was hungry for the food only our Heavenly Father can give.
I tried to rationalize the lack of personal quiet time. I tried to crawl out of bed a few minutes earlier, and head upstairs a few minutes earlier in the evening. Nothing was working. Satan was definitely prowling around seeking to devour.
Then I thought of Aleah, and had to laugh. She wasn't intimidated or shy about letting her dad know what she needed. Dear Reader, I think that's maybe what our "Dad" would like more of from us.
Our Heavenly Father wants us to come to Him with our needs and wants, but He wants us to come with the right motives.
And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you do ask you don’t get it because your whole aim is wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
James 2b-3 TLB
God doesn't want us to be a Starvin' Marvin. He wants us to come, come and ask, with all the rights and confidence of sonship.
So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need.
Hebrews 4:16 TLB
It's time to take a cue from a four year old and tell our Heavenly Father our heart-felt desires. It's a no-risk guarantee. So what are we waiting for?
All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you pay attention to the voice of the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 28:2 AMP