Children are a gift from the LORD;
they are a reward from him.
~ Psalm 127:3 ~
I have a confession to make: I did not truly enjoy children until I was in my 40’s. Now that I am in my 50’s, I can truly say that I am enjoying them as never before.
There is a little fellow who brings much joy and laughter to my heart; his name is Elijah. He possesses that toddler boy energy that takes the breath out of me; yes, he is a handful, but such a wonderful delight! He is like an elixir that brings vitality back into my tired body; just thinking about him brings a smile to my face!
Elijah has his ups and downs, just like any other toddler does, but this little one has been given the gift of joy. When he wakes up there is a twinkle in his eye, like he is glad to welcome wakefulness and explore everything that is before him. Elijah has a personality that is strong-willed, yet is full of gladness; but this combination makes him who he is — joyful, a blessing, and a handful.
He has a winsome smile and a laugh that warms one’s heart. When I play with him it seems that every toy car that he sends off, every block that he picks up and gives to me, and every chair that he climbs, is done with a joyful heart and a sense of triumph.
Noah recently showed me a video of him accompanying Veggie Tales characters singing “I Wish You a Merry Christmas.” He sang it with his own made up words — “Ba-ja-ba-ja-ba-JAAAAA!” and was almost on key. My husband was amazed that Elijah could hit the ending note, “I’m impressed! As a musician, I heard that; and like, wow, he’s hitting that note at the finale!”
This is one of my favorite photographs of Noah and Elijah; there is so much love going on between these two! His eyes light up when he sees her, and so do Noah’s. She calls him “Eli” and he calls her “No.” They are attracted to each other like the north and south poles of a magnet! It is wonderful to see them around each other.
On Friday, after we were done with the biology lab at our friend’s house, Elijah thought we were getting ready to leave, so he went up to Noah and took hold of her leg. He kept repeating, “Ba-ba, No. Ba-ba No.” He then came up to me and did the same thing. I was so surprised; this was the first time he had done this. My heart just about melted; there is something so precious and special about a child coming up, putting their arms around your legs and saying, “Ba-ba.”
I am thankful the Lord brought our families together and for the relationship and friendship that exists between us. Our Lord is so good to us!
Thank You, Father, for the gift of children, and for such as Elijah and Noah, they are a blessing. As parents brought their children to Jesus so He would bless them, so we bring Noah, Elijah, and his brother, Jacob, and ask You to bless them with the blessings You have for them; including blessing them with Yourself. Also, bless Rhonda and Jason with understanding and wisdom in training up their sons in the Lord to be true men of God, and Don and myself as we train Noah up in Your nurture and admonition.
Father, we bless You for the gift of children and the joy they are in our lives. Thank You for the Child who was born and the Son You gave, Jesus, who came so long ago and is yet with us, to redeem and reconcile us to You; in His precious name, the name that is above all names and by which we are saved, amen.
The LORD has been mindful of us;
He will bless us;
He will bless the house of Israel;
He will bless the house of Aaron.
He will bless those who fear the LORD,
Both small and great.
May the LORD give you increase more and more,
You and your children.
May you be blessed by the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
~ Psalm 115:12-15 ~