Friday, March 9, 2018

It's What Matters the Most


1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.

Granddaughter, Virginia Rose, and I are playing magnetic darts in the playroom downstairs.  Everyone else is upstairs, so it's just the two of us.  Out of the blue, she stops the game and meets my gaze in earnest.

"Can I sing you a song I made up, Gammie?"  she asks tentatively.  The uncertainty in her voice gives me pause.  And I wonder, fleetingly, why Virginia thinks that I wouldn't want to hear her song; savor the sweet, lilting tones of her voice.

"Of course, you can, honey.  I'd love to hear it," I tell her.

"Are you sure?"  Virginia is rocking side to side on her feet, a sure sign she is struggling with her confidence.

"I'm more that sure!" I declare, sending a warm smile her way.

"Okay," Virginia responds, her assurance restored.  She takes a deep breath and plunges in.

Who cares if we got no shelter
We will always have each other
People can take away our houses
And they can take away all our stuff
But they can't take away our love
And our strong faith and hope
'Cause we will always have each other

I'm blown away.  Like chaff in the wind and dust in the storm.  How do these incomparable words of wisdom emerge from a seven-year-old???  Due to work schedules, Virginia's parents cannot take her to church.  When she visits with us, we often talk about God, we pray together, and she remembers Vacation Bible School like it was yesterday.  These experiences, as limited as they may be, have provided exposure to God, to Jesus, and to His great love for us.  She has welcomed Him with open arms.  And He, it seems, has taken up permanent residence in her heart.

"Our strong faith and hope . . ."  Virginia knows these matter.

And she "gets" what so many adults, even devout Christians, don't:  stuff doesn't matter!!!

Love does.

Always.

It's what matters the most.

Amen!

29 comments:

  1. This is wonderful, Martha. Thank you.

    It is so heart-warming to see such Faith in a young one. It shows that good work has been done by her parents and grand-parents.

    Praying for you all.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you, Victor! Yes, seeing God already at work in one so young is a gift, indeed.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Wow! That is amazing... and so precious. Thank you for writing down all the words...it would be nice to record it while it is still fresh in her mind and for the future. Praying for sweet Virginia, that she will always have this "strong faith and hope". It definitely is what matters the most.

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    1. Virginia did ask me to write down all the words after she sang the song for me, which I promptly did. I want to treasure them always, and I will! Thank you, too, Pamela, for your prayers for Virginia - may she grow in faith, hope and love.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. WHAT JOY!
    You planted the seed and God is seeing it grow!
    Blessings, My Friend!

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    1. Amen, Lulu! God is growing so wonderfully in Virginia.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. Wow! That is awesome!!! What a gift to be able to be the one to hear the wisdom of God in babes.

    She had God's heart from an early age. That is amazing!

    So happy for you. It IS what matters most!

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    1. Yes, Floyd, I'm thrilled to no end, as you could probably gather from the post. Praying Virginia will stay close to the Lord all of her days.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. You are helping to make her foundation strong in her faith in God. I would have had tears in my eyes over that excellent understanding of what matters in her life! Beautiful!

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    1. I did have tears in my eyes, Terri, believe you me! Virginia blesses us in so many ways, and I know she will continue to with the heart God has given her.
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Oh Martha, this is so precious. Virginia does seem to understand what is truly important in life. I'm so happy that Virginia has you to help guide her to Jesus.

    Love and blessings!

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    1. I'm so glad that I can do that for her, Kim. It's not that her mom and dad don't talk about God, but as far as I'm concerned, He needs to be front and center in all of our lives. Virginia, I believe, is right on track!
      Love and blessings!

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  7. I absolutely love, love, love this Martha! As the saying goes: from the mouth of babes. She gets it! Maybe she can come teach me?? :)

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    1. So glad you loved this post today, Bill! And I'm sure you can tell how much I loved Virginia's song, but more than that, the wisdom she shows beyond her years. God is so good!
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Oh, Martha! Virginia's song brought tears to my eyes. She is so precious. But what is more precious is the love and faith the Father has imparted to this sweet child. I pray the seeds planted in her heart will continue to grow and produce a marvelous harvest for the rest of her days. I pray protection from the enemy who would love to snatch away those seeds. Keep singing Virginia Rose!
    Praise the Lord!

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    1. I will tell Virginia, encourage her, to keep singing, to keep hearing the invaluable words of God's inspiration, Beckie. When she first shared this with me, know I had tears, too. How this reinforces Jesus' words that we cannot inherit God's kingdom unless we become as little children, trusting, believing, and loving above all else, it's simply overwhelming. Makes me want to crawl up into Jesus' lap and just stay there, wrapped in His peace and comfort.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Precious! Out of the mouths of babes. "“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." ~ Matthew 18:3

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    1. Absolutely! We must have the heart and spirit of a child to see the kingdom of heaven clearly, PS.
      Love and blessings!

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  10. Your Virginia Rose is a beautiful child inside and out. I believe God does dwell in her heart. He has poured the love in and she is pouring out to others. “From the mouth’s of babes.” Thank you for allowing us to share in the beauty that is Virginia Rose. Blessing to you both.

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    1. Thank you, Nells, for your thoughtful and kind words regarding Virginia. Yes, she is such a loving child, and I know God is holding her close to Him.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. wow out of the mouths of babes! such wisdom. She is such a blessing isn't she?

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    1. Oh, yes, Jean, the best blessing! I thank God for her every day.
      Love and blessings!

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  12. My six year old grandchildren need to hang with Virginia Rose. Maybe she would rub off on them a bit!

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    1. I wish they could hang out with Virginia, too, Galen. I'm sure they're as cute as bugs in a rug!
      Love and blessings!

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  13. What a precious moment for both of you. She sounds like an absolute sweetheart! Blessings and hugs!

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    1. Oh, it was precious, indeed, Deb. Wonder if Virginia will become a writer like her Gammie? :)
      Love and blessings!

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    1. So pleased you stopped by and enjoyed the blog, Lukhi!
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  15. That Virginia Rose is a wise seven year old girl and will only get wiser hanging around her Grandma. We are a Scarlett Rose. Love this.

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