Friday, March 6, 2015

Through the Presence of a Child



Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Our granddaughter, Savannah Jane, now 10 months old, is plunged into a crowded world of unfamiliar adults at our recent family gathering to celebrate my 60th birthday.  As you can surmise from the photo above, there are plenty of folks to adjust to and get to know.  She spends most of the first hour of introduction intermittently crying on the shoulders of her mom or dad.  She is not a happy camper!

We all pay due respect to this precious child's need to acclimate to an entirely new situation; it is unanimously understood.  We are patient, cautious and kind.  By the time the group photo is taken, Savannah Jane is completely in her comfort zone, neither worried nor concerned by the confusion swirling around her.  Instead, she finds peace and a sense of place.

She has found her stride, and is right where she is supposed to be.

In the midst of all, loved.

In the uncertainty of it all, loved.

In the brevity or longevity of contact, loved.

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So many times, we cry just like Savannah Jane did when we feel overwhelmed by life's circumstances and fail, in those moments, to feel the presence of the Father in our lives.

But we can discover that treasure once again when focus upon the face of a child, one like Savannah in whose eyes the Kingdom of Heaven still lingers.



We will find our stride.

We will know exactly where we are supposed to be.

In the midst of doubt and uncertainty, we will feel God's presence.

In the brevity or longevity of trial and tribulation, we will know His love.

Heaven has come to earth through the presence of a child.  May each of you find that blessing!

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Will you remember that you are God's child?  He so loves you and you are precious in His sight.

Prayer:  Father, let us come into Your presence with child-like faith, knowing we are Your beloved children.  Let our trust and faith in You be pure and holy at all times.  May we serve You in loving gratitude each and every day.  In Jesus' name we pray, amen.


17 comments:

  1. Such a precious little girl, Martha and I love the comparisons! Happy birthday again. I can see from the picture it was a special time! ♥

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    1. Thank you, Corinne! She is, indeed, a special little child. :)
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Martha, this is so beautifully written. It comes to mind so often how we can go to God and be comforted. Your Savannah Jane is a cutie!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! Yes, we can always find comfort in the arms of our Heavenly Father.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. Oh Martha, I have no words... this is so incredibly beautiful! ♡♡ Crying out to God always makes me feel like a child in the loving arms of her Father. Thank you for the inspiring message of this post. God bless you, adorable little Savannah Jane, and all your loved ones! ♡♡

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    1. Thank you so much, Irene, for you kind, sincere words here. Crying out to God always makes me feel that exact same way. I know that's where the idea for this post came from.
      Can't wait to post your guest blog here on Tuesday! :)
      Love and blessings!

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    2. I'm excited to guest post over here, too!! ♡♡ :-)

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  4. Always enjoy reading your entries. Lovely photo. I bet it was a joy to have a visit with the Ponte's. Sending love and happy belated birthday wishes. Xox

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    1. I'm so glad to know you are reading them, Tiffanny! Yes, we will have to get together soon, and thanks for the birthday wishes!
      Love and blessings!

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  5. A simply beautiful post. No other words. Beautiful.

    Love and blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Kim! Knowing you liked it so much warms my heart.
      Love and blessings!

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  6. neat lesson. Yes life sure does gets overwhelming at times and an opportunity to remind ourselves we do have a Father/Mother we can run to, with tears and know loving, safe arms await us. Great words to start my weekend. Thanks!!

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    1. Thank you, Jean! It is the most wonderful thing we can know that God is ready to embrace us.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. What a cute darling.

    Also a good reminder that we are His children no matter how old or young we are. He cares, he loves us. :)

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    1. Thank you, Lux! Yes, we are all His beloved children, and we can run to our Father any time!
      Love and blessings!

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  8. She is an angel Martha:) I'm sure you're looking forward to her first birthday and she'll be doing much better than by then.

    I love these words:

    In the midst of all, loved.

    In the uncertainty of it all, loved.

    In the brevity or longevity of contact, loved.

    Thank you God for your love and guidance, even when we are lost, hungry, confused or uncertain.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Vishnu. I'm glad you liked those particular lines as they were my favorites, too.
      Yes, I am looking forward to Savannah Jane's first birthday; and I'm with you - I think she will be much better about crowds by then.
      Love and blessings!

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