Children are not just gifts from God, but blessings.
Is every child born really a blessing...Is there a time when a child is not truly a blessing...
Well the Scripture seems to make no qualification - children are a blessing from God, period. Though God intends children to be blessings, parents may not receive the child as such and may raise the child in a way that prevents the child from being much of a blessing to them or anyone else. It is the parents' choice whether to accept the child as the blessing God intended or to regard the child as an unwanted burden. Too many times we hear stories of neglect and abuse of children, witness the maltreatment of children, and even personally know parents who do not realize the blessings that their children are. The epidemic of the increasing rates of children placed in the foster care system is a major indicator that our world has forgotten the beauty, innocence, and blessings of children. It is even believed in society that unplanned pregnancy gives parents a choice...to parent or not. They aren't ready...the timing isn't right. They don't want to be parents. Is God's timing ever truly wrong? The timing of a given child may seem hard to some or just awfully inconvenient. There might be serious situations that make one think it is an unwise time to bring a child into the world. Perhaps there are huge marital difficulties, perhaps very serious health problems, perhaps a family financial crisis, perhaps mental illness or addiction, or perhaps a war and great suffering and hardship. But even so, there are numerous examples of how a child has been a tremendous blessing in spite of each of these circumstances. Sometimes the child can be a significant tool in God's hands in resolving marital problems. At other times, a child can become the very joy and blessing of his or her parents in the midst of otherwise very hard and difficult times. Which of us is wise enough to know what the future holds and to judge when is a truly good or bad time in which to have a child? Without knowing all that a child's future holds, how can we judge the best time for a child to be born? And even if we think we can, there are problems! We may try to have a child, but there is no telling when or if a child will be conceived. And at the time of conception, we don't truly know what tomorrow holds (James 4:11) - in nine months things may be terribly different! Who can say how much depends on, or how many other lives will be touched by a single child and how great the loss to us all will be if that child is not born in God's time?
Imagine life without this...
Hug a child today...
Love a child today...
Pray for a child today...
"Up to now, nobody has said that there is anything beyond enlightenment. That's why I say, 'I am a milestone.'"
Come with me, we'll go and see a place called Candy Island.
Who needs Candy Island, its safer at the docks!
But there ain't no streams of sodie pop, all trickling down the rocks!
Its dangerous and risky-
But adventurous and free!
Adventure that's the life for me.
They've got lollipop trees and a lemonade sea-
Doesn't sound too good to me.
The Misadventures of
We last saw Kainiac embarking on a new adventure of concert hopping with the Red Dirt Rangers. Since then, he has traveled the world...all the way to Shawnee, Oklahoma. He let his guard down, enjoyed a lot of food, cookies mainly, fireworks, family, and tormenting his two favorite ladies, Rubi and Pearl. He attempted to corrupt his youngest cousin, Beau, by teaching him to "squeal", "chase", "pester"...all the good things in life. But, Beau stayed true to himself and was able to overcome this wild man's antics. Without a cousin to "turn" to the wild side, Kain looked for his next "victim" and set his sights on Miss Rylie Jo. She was unaware about what was likely to occur. He snuck up behind her, grabbed her by the shirt, and made her giggle and squeal and giggle and squeal. Once she let him know she was falling for his tricks, there was no turning back! However, her attention and "squeals" weren't enough! No! He needed ALL the POWER!!!! There was nothing he wouldn't do...this time, pulling out all the stops...even resembling his Uncle Jake with a continuous demand of applause for a job well done from EVERYONE. Once he had the rest in his control, there was no turning back...we can only imagine what adventure he will lead us on next time...Until next week...The Marvelous Misadventures of...