God’s Gift

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,” the Bible tells us, and “the fruit of the womb is His reward” (Psalm 127:3).

One of the greatest gifts God could ever bestow upon anyone is a child—an eternal soul to love and be loved by. If God has given you a child or children, congratulations! You are richly blessed! In return, He expects you to care for, teach, and train your children, and to be an example of His love to them. He wants you to teach your children His Word and His loving ways so they will also be a reflection of His love to others. It’s hard work, but whatever you give your children in the way of time, attention, teaching, good personal example, or love, He will bless.

One of the secrets of happy parenting is to never let a day go by without thanking God for His most special gifts—your children.

Living Clay
I took a piece of plastic clay
And idly fashioned it one day.
And as my fingers pressed it still,
It moved and yielded at my will.
I came again when days were past;
The form I gave it still it bore.
And as my fingers pressed it still,
I could change that form no more.
I took a piece of living clay,
And gently formed it day by day,
And molded with my power and art,
A young child’s soft and yielding heart.
I came again when days were gone:
It was a man I looked upon.
He still that early impress bore,
And I could change it nevermore.
—Author unknown
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