Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Faith of a Child

Benjamin's Art Work

15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  Mark 10:15

This Resurrection season brought the wonder of telling a young child the Greatest Story Ever Told...the Gospel.  Age six brought a new understanding as I walked my youngest to the empty tomb, fulfilling the plan of redemption started in the garden.

I don't have a theological degree.  I would look very ignorant in most spiritual debates, even those argued in blog world. However, I do have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  It is this 46-year-old relationship I share with my children.  

It never gets old to see God soften their hearts and their receiving the truth of His redemption plan.
Benjamin Made a Resurrection Set....he did the actions each day... from the cross to the grave to the resurrection.
Through my young child's eyes, I again am renewed by the resurrection story.

I have placed the truth before all my children...their relationship with or without Christ is theirs, I can't force mine on them.  I am just instructed to share the Gospel.

Benjamin set the table one evening with pieces from the story at each person's plate.  I took his hint and brought the idea again to our Easter lunch.  We all gathered around the table to recall the last week of our Savior, to partake of the Lord's Supper and to rejoice in His resurrection and the truth of His return.

May we never grow so old and so complicate the Gospel that we forget that Christ said we were to receive the kingdom like a little child.

19 Joining in with more words:

Carol said...

Yes, Janette! You at 46 years, me at almost 43....the relationship with God and the joys and blessings and the joy of sharing...it never gets old, does it?

Christine said...

It's humbling to see how your family celebrates with love and affection.

Your Benjamin is reflecting your faith. He is a modern day disciple, spreading Love.

Pom Pom said...

Oh, how wonderful, Janette! What a holy celebration you had with your family!
Thank you for your sweet comment. I have a new phone so sometimes my fat fingers MEAN to touch publish and they touch reject instead. Sad face. I don't know if you check back or not, but I wanted you to know I read and appreciated your sweet comment before I mistakenly deleted it. I must stop publishing comments using my phone. I'm still not used to it. Sending love your way and praying you have a happy week.

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

Wonderful pictures and such a truthful approach to the faith.

God bless you - and Happy Easter!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Janette, God brought me here tonight to read one particular sentence. Thank you! I pray you've had a wonderful Easter celebration of our risen Lord -- and I'm thankful your family was kept safe during the tornadoes. Praying for each of you...

Petra said...

"I have placed the truth before all my children...their relationship with or without Christ is theirs, I can't force mine on them. I am just instructed to share the Gospel." And you're doing an awesome job, my friend! Happy Easter, because it never really ends!

Debbie said...

Oh, I am so with you Janette. We can never force the Gospel on anyone. We can pray that the Holy Spirit would soften their hearts and that He would give us the words to say. But it's not our responsibility to save anyone. Having written that, I have so many loved ones I continue to pray for.

You are a blessing in my life Janette.

Happy Easter.

Love you,

LDH said...

A most beautiful and special celebration!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Benjamin is a point of light to the world... just like his Momma. blessings ~ tanna

no spring chicken said...

I love the way Benjamin sets a table... and the fact that you respected it enough to duplicate it. What a tremendous gift the Lord gave us when he told us that to enter the kingdom we must become as a little child. Would we have been smart enough to see the truth in that on our own? Beautiful.

Blessings, Debbie

myletterstoemily said...

this is precious, but i just can't believe benjamin
is six! i love his art work and your resurrection
table decorations.

i used to get so excited to pull out the 'resurrection
eggs' each year.

He is risen!!!

Angela said...

Beautiful post! Thanks so much.

NanaNor's said...

Amen! Jeanette this is a wonderful reminder for all of us! I love seeing your traditions/reminders. We are blessed indeed.
Hugs, Noreen

JillAileenJones said...

Beautiful sweet friend. Our Story-His Faithfulness has been the sermon series we have been doing the last 10 weeks. It has been wonderful. Everyone has a story-we have all experienced different things in our lives that help us to reach others with our "stories" what God has done for us and brought us through. Love that you have 46 years to share with your children and you are doing that. So glad you had a blessed Resurrection Sunday.
Love you

Lisa said...

We would all do well to be more like Ben. Their faith is so pure. And who knew your little guy could do tablescapes! :)

Debbie said...

AMEN to all of this. Benjamin is such a special little guy. How he must bring joy to your heart. I love his table decorating ideas! Oh yes, to be like little children. Glad you had a good day! HUGS

Debbie said...

I love this. I loved Benjamin's idea of putting the pieces of the story at each plate. I wish we had done something like that over the years.

I know you know what I'm about to say, but I'm going to say it anyway. Your family is so blessed to have a child in your midst so that you never, ever, forget that we should ALWAYS have the trust and just plain awe of a child.

I hope your holy week was wonderful. I have been away for the week so I'm just getting caught up.

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

It is often through the eyes of a child we see the truth, see what is old, as new. Happy Easter! And blessings to you for sharing your faith, your relationship with your children, and us!

Kathryn Ross said...

Beautiful post, Janette! You have my heart, here, as I never feel I've quite left childhood. Always collecting things that speak to children - quite a resource chest over here. Lovely family traditions - blessed legacy!
P.S. I will post the details of the DVD transfer when and if we are successful!

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