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Encourage a Child’s Faith-filled Prayer

24 Oct

Pam sent me these funnies, which she received from a friend in a long list of funny anecdotes. First, there’s this one, about a little girl’s prayer:

“When my daughter, Kelli, said her bedtime prayers, she would bless every family member, every friend, and Girl at Betdime Prayingevery animal (current and past).

“For several weeks, after we had finished the nightly prayer, Kelli would say, ‘And all girls.’  This soon became part of her nightly routine, to include this closing.

“My curiosity got the best of me and I asked her, ‘Kelli, why do you always add the part about all girls?’

” Her response:  ‘Because everybody always finishes their prayers by saying, ‘All Men’!”

And then there’s this adorable little boy:

Dinnertime Prayer“Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother’s house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away.

“‘Johnny! Please wait until we say our prayer,’ his mother said.

“‘I don’t need to,’ the boy replied.

“‘Of course, you do,’ his mother insisted. ‘We always say a prayer before eating at our house.’

“‘That’s at our house,’ Little Johnny explained. ‘But this is Grandma’s house, and she knows how to cook!‘” (1)

I (Dawn) love practical devotionals that encourage my faith or inspire hope (which is one reason Pam and I wrote LOL with God! The other day, as I was cleaning out a bookshelf, I came across a warm, creative book by Cheri Fuller titled When Families Pray. This devotional uses short, present-day stories of answered prayer to remind families that every person in the family can have intimacy with God and connect with Him in powerful prayer.

A favorite chapter, “Prayer Lessons from a Child,” reminded me to pray with childlike faith, believing that nothing is impossible for God. He still performs miracles for those who trust Him.

In the story, a little boy named Jeffrey watched his grandfather’s health deteriorate due to irreversible heart disease. Eventually, he ended up in the intensive care unit (ICU) with gangrene spreading through his leg, but the doctors did not recommend surgery (amputation), believing he was not strong enough to survive the operation. The family resigned themselves to waiting for the inevitable.

Grandpa told everyone he was ready to go “when it’s God’s time.” Three days later, it seemed it was “Grandpa’s time,” and all the family members streamed in and out of his room, saying good-bye. Little Jeffrey, age nine, was left at home, but he begged to see his grandpa. “I need to see Grandpa,” he said. “It seems like God wants me to be there.”

The nurse took Jeffrey in to see Grandpa, who was in critical condition. As he left, the nurse said, “… the Lord will take him when He’s ready.”

“But I prayed for my Grandpa,” Jeffrey said with confidence, “and God’s going to answer my prayer.” He later told his mother, “Grandpa isn’t going to die today; God told me!” And the little boy prayed through the night for his beloved grandfather.

The next afternoon, a phone call came. Continue reading

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Mindful of God’s Love

13 Feb

Four-year-old Mitch loved candy almost as much as his mom, Ann, did. He and Daddy had Box-ValentineChocolatesgiven her a beautiful heart-shaped box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day.

A few days later Mitch was eyeing it, wishing to have a piece of it. As he reached out to touch one of the big pieces, Ann said to him, “If you touch it, then you have to eat it. Do you understand?”

“Oh, yes,” he said, nodding his head. Suddenly his little hand patted the tops of all the pieces of candy.

“Now I can eat them all.” *

I (Dawn) love chocolate ~ especially dark, creamy chocolate over nuts.

“Passionate” is a word that is a little over-used these days. People are passionate about everything. So let me use some other words to describe my enthusiasm for chocolate.  I am an ardent fan … sometimes a little emotional … biting into its smoothness with heartfelt desire … … enthralled by its scent … intrigued by its texture … stimulated by …

Oh, forget it. I am passionate about chocolate!

My husband, Bob, knows this passion, but on Valentine’s Day, he insists on buying me flowers.

He knows that too much chocolate indulgence leads to too much hanging over my belt. And so, year after year, my hubby knows what I “need” ~ cheerful flowers on my kitchen counter to enjoy ~ and ignores what I want, because he knows I’ll eat the whole box! He knows me. And he loves me and cares .

So like God.

God knows what I need, and Continue reading

He Knows UR Name

2 Feb

“Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.” –  Bill Cosby

Hello - Name TagDid your mom yell your name out into the neighborhood when you were a kid? I think Cosby has a point. My one-syllable name (Dawn) was great for a short, angry spurt inside the house, but a little tougher to call outside. So, when mom called my name, she always added my middle name – “Dawn Marieeeeeeeeee…..” That “eeee” sounded like a screech owl.

But lingering on the vowel anywhere in the name works for most names. Try it … “Miiiiiichael …. Caaaaaaleb…. Eriiiiiiiin.”

Now it might be nearly impossible to yell these names (the longest known first names) – Hatmaguptafratarinagarosterlous or Anglithorpianositachinquate. *

How special it is to have someone call your name in love. God called Israel by name in this encouraging passage:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:1-3)

Hillsong United has a version of this verse in song. Listen here. But there is another song that comes to mind when I think about the word “Name.”

It’s called “He Knows My Name.” (Listen to the lyrics; Tommy Walker)

“I have a Maker. He formed my heart. Before even time began, My life was in his hands.

(Chorus)  “He knows my name. He knows my every thought. He sees each tear that falls And He hears me when I call.”

“I have a Father. He calls me His own. He’ll never leave me No matter where I go.

(Chorus)

We need to know God for salvation. But beyond that, how wonderful to understand that Continue reading

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