Posts Tagged ‘children’

Are you the same person in public as you are in private?

You may think that is a strange question, but let me explain – Many people struggle with life, depression, life events, relationships, health issues etc, but will never tell their friends and family just how difficult they are finding life. They will “put on” a public face when their with friends and family so that none of them suspect anything is wrong, but when they’re in the privacy of their own home, they fall apart, they are an emotional wreck, struggling to see the positives in life and maybe even struggling to know how they can face tomorrow.

The words of the first verse of the song The Warrior Is A Child by Twila Paris, reiterate my thoughts on people lives different public and private lives, and go running home from “public appearances” because they are falling apart inside:

Lately, I’ve been winning battles left and right
But even winners can get wounded in the fight
People say that I’m amazing strong beyond my years
But they don’t see inside of me, I’m hiding all the tears

It’s reassuring to know though, that even when we are falling apart inside and no-one can see that, God sees, knows and understands why we feel the way we do, and He is there to help us if we just reach out to Him.

The Warrior Is A Child by Twila Paris

Lately, I’ve been winning battles left and right
But even winners can get wounded in the fight
People say that I’m amazing strong beyond my years
But they don’t see inside of me, I’m hiding all the tears

They don’t know that I go running home when I fall down
They don’t know who picks me up when no one is around
I drop my sword and cry for just a while
‘Cause deep inside this armour the warrior is a child

Unafraid because His armour is the best
But even soldiers need a quiet place to rest
People say that I’m amazing never face retreat
But they don’t see the enemies that lay me at His feet

They don’t know that I go running home when I fall down
They don’t know who picks me up when no one is around
I drop my sword and cry for just a while
‘Cause deep inside this armour the warrior is a child

They don’t know that I go running home when I fall down
They don’t know who picks me up when no one is around
I drop my sword and look up for a smile
‘Cause deep inside this armour, deep inside this armour
Deep inside this armour the warrior is a child

 

I found myself on the National Secular Society‘s website last week to check out their views on something I’d heard on the radio that day, and I was shocked to find that the by-line on their website is “Challenging religious privileges“.

Wow! “Religious privileges”! What privileges do they thing we those of us who follow a religious get? For me, as a Christian I know I am privileged of receive to God’s love. However I doubt that’s the privileges they are referring to!

Personally I get the feeling that rather than those who follow a religion receiving any privileges in this country, it’s become more and more like it’s the atheists such as the supporters of the National Secular Society who are receiving the privileges, as they are the ones whose opinions seems to be listened to and enforced, making it more and more difficult for religion to be taught for example, to our children in schools.

mp-good-friday-2011Why should the atheist view be taken as the correct thing to do in this age of equality? Why are sitting back and accepting religion being marginalised in our society? This country we live in was once proud to be known as a Christian nation, so what has happened? Is it simply equality or political correctness gone overboard, or is it simply that we Christians are not stepping forward and challenging those who seek to drive religion out in this country?

Don’t let the privilege of knowing and serving God, end with this generation, keep witnessing and sharing God’s message of love to all those you meet.

I recently received this in an email and I liked it so much I wanted to share it with you…

ALthough things are not perfect

Because of trials or pain

Continue in thanksgiving

Do not begin to blame

Even when the times are hard

Fierce winds are bound to blow

God is forever able

Hold on to what you know

Imagine life without His love

Joy would cease to be

Keep thanking Him for all the things

Love imparts to thee

Move out of “Camp Complaining”

No weapon that is known

On earth can yield the power

Praise can do alone

Quit looking at the future

Redeem the time at hand

Start every day with worship

To “thank” is a command

Until we see Him coming

Victorious in the sky

We’ll run the race with gratitude

Xalting God most high

Yes, there’ll be good times & yes some will be bad, but…

Zion waits in glory…where no one is ever sad!

We all have particular things/events that make us happy – What makes you happy?

Here’s a few things that make me happy (in no particular order):

  1. Hearing a cat purring
  2. Hearing children laugh
  3. Watching a good comedy
  4. Serving an ace at tennis or hitting a fabulous winning shot
  5. An ice-cold drink on a warm day
  6. A cat rubbing against my legs
  7. Receiving a gift from someone unexpectedly
  8. Waking up at my usual time for work, and then realising it’s not a work day!
  9. The smell of fresh-baked bread
  10. Find clothes from last year that were too tight, now fit perfectly or are even a bit loose

Have any of these things made you smile or think of a similar situation that you were in?

If your answer is Yes, I’ve done my job and made you happy, just by talking about my “happy things”.

Keep thinking happy thoughts!

 Your children!

There are plenty of people who would love to have children but for one reason or another are unable to.

There are loads of people who have children but because of family circumstances they never see or have contact with their children.

There are those who have sadly lost their children…I’m sure they think of their children daily.

Isn’t it sad that there can be so many people around us who are grieving in some way for children; whether that be a child that has died, a child they have lost contact with, or indeed a child they have never even had!

Isn’t it even sadder that we hear and see so many stories in the news of people who have physically or emotionally abused a child…a child who in many instances, probably trusted that adult to look after and care for them, but instead did unspeakable thing to them which the child will never fully recover from.

It’s because of this that I urge you to never ever take your children for granted…by “your children” I of course am not just talking about any children you are the parent of, but also any children who is in your care at any time!

Children should be able to trust adults to look after and care for them, and teach/show them only what is good, it’s therefore down to us to make sure we do all we can to make sure we do all we can for the children.

What a strange title for a blog post I hear you say, especially considering I have no children!

Well I must confess that I have an obsession with looking at baby clothes! And I’m not alone in this, my Mum has the same problem!

I don’t know whether it’s because we’ve not got any children of our own or whether it’s simply because the baby clothes are always so cute, but whenever I’m in a shop or supermarket that has children’s/baby clothes, no matter how hard I try, I always seem to end up browsing!

So much so that when I have family or friends who are either expecting or have a baby, they can quite often find themselves getting wee presents from us as I cannot resist buying some of the baby clothes. Thank goodness those I’ve bought stuff for seem to like what I buy and seem grateful for the presents, as otherwise what would I do?!

If ever I’m thinking about a change of career, maybe I should consider becoming a personal shopper for baby clothes, as it would certainly be something I would enjoy doing…food for thought!

How many times have you heard someone say, “A baby changes your whole life”?

I’ve certainly heard it said many times, but how do you think that makes the parents to be feel? Terrified? Thrilled? Anxious? Excited?

Well imagine how Mary felt when God told her she was going to have a baby, and not just any baby, the Son of God!

I’m sure she was terrified but I’m also sure she felt very humble that God had chosen her out of all the hundreds and thousands of people on earth, He chose her to Jesus’ Mum. Wow!

What a huge responsibility Mary had placed on her, especially as Mary would have known that the child she was going to give birth to would have a huge impact on this world, an impact that we’d still be talking about and celebrating thousands of years later.

What a difference one small child made in this world!

Today I challenge you to consider the impact you’ve made on this world.

A Baby Changes Everything by Faith Hill
 
Teenage girl, much too young
Unprepared for what’s to come
A baby changes everything
 
Not a ring on her hand
All her dreams and all her plans
A baby changes everything
A baby changes everything
 
The man she loves she’s never touched
How will she keep his trust?
A baby changes everything
A baby changes everything
 
And she cries!
Ooh, she cries
Ooh, oh
 
She has to leave, go far away
Heaven knows she can’t stay
A baby changes everything
 
She can feel it’s coming soon
There’s no place, there’s no room
A baby changes everything
A baby changes everything
 
And she cries!
And she cries!
Oh, she cries
 
Shepherds all gather ’round
Up above the star shines down
A baby changes everything
 
Choir of angels sing
Glory to the newborn King
A baby changes everything
A baby changes everything
 
Everything, everything, everything
 
Hallelujah
 
My whole life has turned around
I was lost but now I’m found
A baby changes everything, yeah
A baby changes everything

We often hear people saying that we

should cherish the children because they are the future

…but are they?

Personally I don’t agree with this statement. Does that surprise you? It may not surprise you quite as much when I tell you why I disagree with this statement…

For me we must cherish the children because they are the present as well as the future!

Yes, until the children are grown up they may not be able to have the impact on our community and society that we would hope, however if we don’t teach them in God‘s ways when they are children, they will never be the adults we, or God need and want them to be.

Deuteronomy 10:12 (NIV)

what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul

…sadly this is how it can often feel just because we have no kids.

I’m sure people don’t mean it but I often find when around others who have families, there’s so much talk about their child did this or tha, or it was nice to go here or there and do such and such with the kids, that’s it can sometimes be very hard to feel at ease.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect other to stop talking about their kids when I’m around, that would be ridiculous, and I’d find that even more uncomfortable. However in saying that, there are definitely some situations, and some people who seem to be oblivious to other people – yes, those I’m talking about know nothing about the reasons why we’ve not had any kids, nor should they have to.

Don’t get me wrong I love kids, and am always delighted when I hear of family and friends when I hear they are expecting a child. I love kids and would have been delighted had we ever been privileged to have any, however for reasons I’m not going to get into, we have never  had any kids.

I just pray that those of you who have children truly appreciate and love them, because you are so lucky, there are many of us who would have loved to have children but have for one reason or another not had any. If you have children and are estranged from them, please, I urge you try and rebuild those bridges and pick up a phone and give them a call today, say a pray for them as God will always listen to your prayers and will answer them in some way at some time.

God loves us all, because we are all His children – Therefore we must appreciate and love our children, just as God loves us.

With every breath with every salt
From what it seem to the deepest part
I offer all that I?ve come to be
To know your love fathering me

Father you’re all I need
My souls sufficiency
My strength when I am weak
The love that carries me
You arms enfold me
Till I am only
A child of God

With every step on this journey’s walk
And wisdom songs
But the soul is sad
I give my self unreservedly
To know your love fathering

Father you’re all I need
My souls sufficiency
My strength when I am weak
The love that carries me
You arms enfold me till I am only
A child of God

We Are The Reason

As little children
We would dream of christmas morn
And all the gifts and toys
We knew we’d find
But we never realized
A baby born one blessed night
Gave us the greatest gift of our lives

Chorus

And we were the reason
That he gave his life
We were the reason
That he suffered and died
To a world that was lost
He gave all he could give
To show us the reason to live

As the years went by
We learned more about gifts
And giving of ourselves
And what that means
On a dark and cloudy day
Aman hung crying in the rain
Because of love
Because of love

Chorus

And we are the reason
That he gave his life
We are the reason
That he suffered and died
To a world that was lost
He gave all he could give
To show us the reason to live

I finally found the reason for living
It’s in giving every part of my heart to him
In all that i do every word that i say
I’ll be giving my all just for him
For him

Chorus

Have you found your reason for living?

God gave His son, the ultimate sacrifice, just for you and me. What better reason is there than that to live.

But it’s not just about having a reason to live, it’s about the actions we take in our life. Our life must reflect God’s great love for us. What better way to repay God than to try to and love everyone, including the unloveable – Jesus did this so we must try to too!