From a Mothers Heart
Children are a heritage of the Lord
“And the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalm 127:3).
Once again we welcomed another precious grandchild into our large family circle. At 8:10 a.m. Friday morning, May 25 at Oak Ridge Hospital, Ryder Lee Wallen was born. Baby Ryder is a beautiful, healthy baby boy weighing 8 lbs 12 oz at birth. And mam-ma Bea was right there with the proud parents to welcome him into our lives.
To me there is nothing more enjoyable than holding and cuddling a sweet smelling soft baby in my arms.
Proverbs 17:6 says, “Children’s children are the crown of the aged.” And this grandson is the 33rd grandchild that our family has been blessed with. I love being a mother and it is such a joy to be a grandmother. The rewards are priceless.
The Word of God speaks so often of how much our Lord loved little children and is merciful into them. Jesus said, in Matthew 19:14, “Suffer little children and forbid them not to come unto me: for such is the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus laid his hand upon them to bless little children. He expects us as parents and grandparents to love and care for them in the same way and to teach them him righteousness. “Spiritual values and character are caught” as much as taught. It is our God given responsibility to be good role models for our children and to set the right examples before them.
No matter how old we grow, God cares about us. From a newborn until the time of death we can discover our true identity with the Lord.
Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” And Esphesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
The early morning news brings word of the newest economics situations, nominees for important events and reports on national gatherings for presidents or governors and well- known celebrities. We can feel so small and insignificant in a world of billions of people, millions of developments, and thousands of news clips of notable happenings that make us seem almost meaningless.
Although God cares about financial stability, world peace, and social justice, he has one great thing on his mind today and every day you and me. You are his workmanship, his masterpiece. There is no one else like you, and God cares for you with infinite watchfulness. He knows exactly how many hairs came out when you brushed your hair this morning. Your checkbook balance matters as much as the federal budget, and harmony in your home matters to God as much as harmony and peach among nations.
We are children that belong to our loving savior. “We are the children of light” (John 12:36). These little ones are just beginning a long journey. There will be many changes in their lives. But the hand that holds them will remain strong and solid through it all. I pray God’s blessings upon our new grandson and all children. The blessing of love now and in eternity.
From my heart.