A Wellspring of Pleasure

Two new babies to love! It has been a blessed week in our family with the arrival of Elsie Colleen on Sunday,the same day that Asa Peter came home from NICU!  That makes eight precious grandchildren to love and enjoy! It’s easy to find pleasure in a newborn but I remind parents to remain fully engaged and enjoy every stage of a child’s life, because all too quickly they will grow up and have children of their own!  My husband and I are blessed to be able to walk with all of our adult children as they parent our grandchildren; they are finding (as most parents have) that being an involved parent matures the parent as much – if not more –  than the child. God certainly used Erin, Troy and Alisa to change  me in ways that nothing else could and they continue to be a catalyst for refinement in my life.  I am still growing up and I pray that never ends! As grandparents, Glen and I take seriously our roles in the training up of our grandchildren from a state of newborn innocence all the way to adults with pure hearts.  To that end, I began a series titled “From Innocence to Purity” a few weeks back. (which was put on hold in order to  hold my new grand babies!) This series will continue next week however and through the month of June. “A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men.” Martin...

From Innocence to Purity: Part I of a Series

Seated in the secure and sterile NICU, I cuddle my tiny grandson Asa.  As he wrinkles up his forehead, his large, dark eyes take on a contemplative look.  His nurses call him soulful. I  ponder how these first few weeks of life have shaped him already.   Born with most of his intestines outside of his body, he was immediately airlifted  to a hospital where specialists were prepared to care for him.  His introduction to life did not include being nestled in the arms of the one whose sounds he had grown accustomed to before his birth. Rather he was checked into NICU as a baby boy without a name, where he was placed flat on his back, connected to tubes and wires, while his intestines  were squeezed – slowly over days –  into his belly. I am profoundly grateful to his birth mom, who endured a pregnancy rather than choosing an abortion,  and then tearfully handed him over at the hospital, not to abandon him but to actually give him life! Now at three weeks of age, he is held and comforted ALOT as he recovers from major surgery.  Already he has figured out that wailing will bring someone to pick him up. Already he knows that every three hours he will get milk- although only a minimal amount.  I stroke his little head, and say a silent “thank you” for  a PICC line  that pumps vital nutrition into a vein in his head.  I wondered how his difficult start in life will shape his emotions, personality and mind. He has certainly already endured hardship.  Knit together in his birth mom’s womb, God allowed this...

From Innocence to Purity

(Essential Principle # 4) Psalm 24: 3 – 10 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?  And who shall stand in his holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart and who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.  He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.  Such is the generation of those who seek Him who seek the face of the God of Jacob. I still remember nestling my three children protectively as newborns. All children come into the world as innocent babies with no concept of the world around them and there is something about a newborn child – their innocence and utter dependence –  that a mom wants to guard and cherish.   Indescribable changes rise up in a woman the day she becomes a mother.  A fiercely protective and abiding love captures her heart while hopes and dreams for the child’s future begin to fill her mind.  While a mother envisions a noble future for her child, she also fights fear that her child will be unable to remains undefiled by the world.  With a youth culture that focuses heavily on sensuality, parents of adolescents today often wonder if it is even possible. Unless a family lives in some remote area completely isolated from media and stores, adolescents are exposed to sensual enticements on a regular basis. The truth of the matter is that you cannot and must not keep your children innocent, because innocence will not protect them. Innocence will shield their hearts but not transform...