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TITLE: Heirlooms for God
By mary wolf
04/20/08
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rewrite but still need critiquing. thanks
Heirlooms for God
By Mary Wolf
Psalm 127:3 KJV
Lo,children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Babies!

Babies are a wonderful gift.

We get crazy trying to talk to them by making sounds, and faces, we would not want others to record and replay.

Growing up is such a chore for babies. But the determination they have, to do even the smallest thing, is amazing. We get to be a part of what they are learning.
Itís fun to watch them grow.

A lifetime of giving goes into raising children. It seems they, are so dependent upon us,there is never a minute when we are free.

In the beginning it keeps us busy just to meet their every need.

Letís see, as parents we want to teach them how to walk, what words to practice saying, and when to be quiet.

It is a parents responsibility to teach them, how to be responsible.

As they get a little older that may include,how to pick up their toys,how to play nice with others and how to be polite to neighbors.

Just as we get sentimental when we get flowers from our husband, tears fall over the gift of a small flower picked by our toddler.

Yet, all gifts, big or small are temporal. We can not take them with us.

When God gives us a baby, he gave us not only a gift we can enjoy in this life, but also one that is an eternal soul.

Gods gifts are different from any earthly gifts we might receive. They are given for eternity.

Children, are the only earthly gift we can enjoy here and take with us into eternity.

If we compare our earthly life with our spiritual life, they parallel perfectly.

I believe God uses earthly things to paint a picture of heavenly things. Just as we get to take part in the physical birth of our babies, we can also be a part in his spiritual birth.

Let's take a look at the most important gift ever given.
God died for us to give us the gift of eternal life. Salvation is the greatest of all His gifts, but God also gives so much more.

As His child we learn that He gives us other people, to help us grow.
People to share His love with, so they can also know him.
The gift of Heaven is oney one of his everlasting gifts. Also there are the gifts of rewards, The gift of peace, and of security. All come after the gift of eternal life.

All are from God to us. We have the privilege of training up our baby, in the way he should go, Just as the indwelling Holy Spirit trains us as God's child.

Praying daily for God to save him.
Instructing him of Gods unconditional love.

When God gave his only begotten son, He proved His love , He wants us to showthat kind of love to our child.

We travail in physical birth, then rejoice when we hold our new baby in our arms.
The months of discomfort, the pain of birth is worth it all.

Please compare that to the labor and delivery of their spiritual birth. It is just as intense, but we will rejoice eternally with them in heaven.
The assurance that comes with their salvation will be worth the travail we suffer to raise them and invest out life in them.

Wonít it be wonderful to have eternity with our children, and never find anything in them that disappoint us?

Better still, to not have them be disappointed in us?

We cherish some treasures in this life, often called heirlooms. Things that were handed down from Grandmother or great grandmother.

To be able to give back to God, like Hanna in the Old Testament, a child to be used for His honor and glory, would be the greatest treasure we have to show God we love him.

He allows us to have that opportunity.

As we raise that precious baby, with every dirty diaper, with every tummy ache that we have to lose sleep over, and temper tantrum we have to deal with, (Ours as well as theirs), Donít forget how patiently God loved us.

Even when we were unlovely Christ died for us.

Set a goal to make an heirloom for God.
The child with whom he entrusted us,is our heritage.
He knows our babies better than we ever could, from their beginning to their end.

He loves them with an everlasting love.
Yet,knowing all, He gave them as a gift to us to train and teach.

I believe our adult children are one of the heirlooms we are allowed to pass on.
Preserve them and proudly give them back to God when they are young.

Many times his gift continues, and He has entrusted our children with children.
What a wonderful heritage this picture can be!
Showing Gods love to the next generation.

With the birth of your tiny life,purpose to make your child an heirloom for God.

Proverbs 4:11 KJV
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
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