Thanking the Babies, 27 Nov – #458

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Well this got this writing all mixed – a devotion about babies with scriptures with an overloaded gush from singing today… I could try to extract just the baby devotion when I get it uploaded (only 200 to go, LOL), but since you folks know the folks I have written about I just left the praise gush in for now… Thanks for letting me release in all praise…

Thanking the Babies, 27 Nov

You know, I find such joy from Go, in His timing and His ways…

Today was a good day to thank the babies… starting and finishing with baby Jesus… But including loving all the babies and all cherished growing children of God…

Matthew 18:10 Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.”

It was my first anniversary of the first day I substituted to sing/audition with the praise band…. And we were scheduled to sing my awakening song today  – “Come to the Cradle” by Michael Card… note – I have sung this song with Michael Card himself, even have a signed copy from him, during another God orchestrated moment, but I KNEW it was my deepest JOY that I wanted to sing this song WITH the band – See, when it was shared it at the Christmas concert two years ago, I missed it – I didn’t hear it live, I was doing kitchen dishes and so when I got a copy of the whole concert to copy to send to our shut ins as a Christmas present from the UMW, I heard the song for the first time where I actually heard it… and played it over and over again on CD a thousand times in my awakening months… I still do… I needed that song, God knew that I needed to hear and take it to heart – and I thank God forever more that He opened my ears… “Come to the Cradle, come and find PEACE!”

What a surprise today for me singing, yes, even though it had been almost a year ALL those nerves just like that first day reappeared INSTANTLY – whew – and then just as instantly, those nerves disappeared “POOF” as I started singing… I remember a year ago that I was singing by chance of substituting for a new mom – but this time, a year later, I was singing watching those twin babies, growing and walking at fifteen months, it was a great distraction for my nerves… And I was of course starring at the exact same Christmas banner that had comforted me that first day… I was remembering of course that I was singing FOR Jesus… God put me there, God made me a member of this band, I know this, this wasn’t in my plans… Everytime I sing I try to do my best, and today it was controlling those nerves, I knew I had practiced, but nerves motivate me to fulfill God’s purpose – not that I know the purpose – but I know that I am in the plan somehow… But showing nervousness when I know what my singing job is, that’s NOT what I wanted to show… People in the audience already know that God changed me, pushed me out if my comfort zone, and plucked me from lost soul to saved child… But today I want to let the words stand alone… It’s the baby inside the others that need spiritual milk, we as a band add our songs as lullabies to God’s children… I thank God for that baby – for those babies – for baby Jesus – for baby Jesus in them – for baby Jesus in me – I thank HIM with ALL my heart because He is IN my heart…

How blessed it is to sing praises, and how blessed to be entrusted to help others’ in worship time… And I remember that singing on Sunday is not for me or for my recognition, it’s for God… Besides, regardless of what we sing Sunday I get to sing in my car and in my head EVERY DAY… But on Sunday I can’t help to smile (and dance a bit) because we share our joy of salvation with these others… Because I know most these people in the pews very well, and I know their praises, and a touch of their sorrows too… They are family…

And I wondered how I would be today nervous-wise: smiling or with tears singing my awakening song?… “Come to the Cradle”… Sure, in the car I’ve had both smiles and tears… Mostly smiles… To realize that I have had my ears and eyes opened by none other than GOD HIMSELF two years ago, wow that’s powerful, to see and feel the changes within my life and then on top of all that to now also open my mouth and praise it back to God, that’s powerful, and to sing JOY when know I don’t deserve any of this, but Jesus took and takes the burden, took the hit, takes the brunt of battling my devil demons… wow… I praise those blessings in tears….

But there were NO tears today in chruch – I was all smiles – warmed by the Sun and Son in my morning Subaru practice in anticipation… During the band practice I closed my eyes in focused praise, whew… Turns out it was JUST another day – another SPECIAL day in God’s timing, which means ALL days are SPECIAL… Because ALL our days are God’s days

At the end of “Come to the Cradle” practice, as we were singing the final chorus “in the innocent, upward, trusting glance of a child”, thoe twins babies were twin-focused faces on us… Mmmm nice… That’s all God… I actually had the opportunity and I thanked the babies later in the parking lot – it is beautiful God’s timing as that piece of God’s puzzle was slid in HIS timing – as I have written previously, I was asked to sing the exact week that they were born early… Mmmm…. All God… I will never tire of telling that story – it’s God’s timing… All God… in a nutshell I tell my shortened version to people: God got my head on straight about my faith – my voice cleared from skipping the sugar-filled milk and ice cream after charging my diet which enabled me to lose tremendous amount of weight – my memorized praise band music became an addiction which turned into an asset – there was a ripple effect only God could have orchestrated… Awakening, writing, working out, weight loss, singing… PRAISE…

In practice this morning, the twins mom did sing so beautiful and oh how I remember her singing a solo verse last Christmas when her babies were just born and in the NICU and she touched my heart and the hearts of all who heard her beautiful and meaningful praise… I knew the NICU, my own baby in the NICU for ten days, I know that praise to see the babies grow up into my now healthy teen and her praises were doubled with two babies…  So “when God gives a gift, wraps it up in a child, He loves them, made them – so wondrously wild”… Oh how that’s a blessed verse to hear her sing out strong today with her babies right there in the sanctuary with the beauty of seeing grandma and grandpa and dad smiling, they are healthy and growing…. That’s God, all God!!! And thanks babies for making the grownups shine too… Babies make you drop facades and formalities… Babies pull the smiles out of your soul…

I’ve learned so much this year – not just about singing but about me… And love to study and enjoy the other children of God too… Yes, I am that “wondrously wild” child of God…  my baby Christian status was a birth through the Word of truth… I had a circle of blessings today… And the circle will still continue to spiral back to home, we are always going to have to refocus on finishing last to begin first… Our praise is not just for the past – it is for the present and it is for the future – having faith to know that God will see us thru new challenges, sweet and not so sweet, I know God will see us thru those dark times to find the LIGHT…

Matthew 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

And to top off my gifts of the day, singing all the beautiful praises, I now possess the Christmas music song sets that we will start practicing this week, those praises that I have longed to sing openly and not just in my Subaru – because I have been practicing in my Subaru all year… It’s Christmas… All good things come from God… Baby Jesus… beautiful baby born to bring peace thru blood, it’s a breath of baby JOY at Christmas before the conviction and then beauty of rebirth celebrated at Easter…

James 1: “17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.”

Because babies are born to learn, and if they are born from God, then we must know that their first instinctual actions are from God – they have needs and wants, real ones not from years of conditioning, they are fresh examples of God’s timing, His yearning, His blessings… and they take work… God knows the gifts He gives us – and we are to understand that all those good gifts in us are to be developed, cherished and cared for… Did you ever thank a baby for giving you a purpose too? Did you ever thank a baby for giving you a chance to show your outpouring of shared love? Thank an actual baby plus thank the baby God gave you to grow in your heart? If you have then you are directly thanking God… That’s praise… People might just think that are relating to a particular baby just as a person, but they are really sharing a private moment of JOY directed by God… You never saw anyone ohh and awe a baby JUST to please another adult – those baby tickles and toe wiggling impulses are making JOY – JOY is from God shaking out of your soul, using the baby as a vehicle… Kittens and baby animals do that too, yup… That shine from your own face was a gift out of your soul from God to God…

So thank a baby, and that’s thanking God… Thank a child of God, and that’s thanking God. And when you see a genuine smiling adult (not a devilish smile but a clear clean one), well you can know that you just saw God working thru them too…

Thanks God… For the music of course, but thanks for the babies, thanks for the births, the rebirths, the opportunity to thank you and for the SMILES…

Dang… God is good… I just set my phone down after writing and read this favorite little devotion book, I thought how about the first devotion, and you guessed it, this devotion reiterates what I wrote, crazy….
GOD is the ultimate – I can’t help but say that is SO COOL…

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