Intercession

Intercession--from Nehemiah

Praying for Boldness

Battle Belongs to the Lord

Believing the Promises of God

Communion Messages

Rainbows and Other Reminders

Taking the Cup of Salvation

The 2 John 3:16's

Sin & Related Topics

Why Can't I Get Away With Sin?

9 Principles Isaiah Teaches Us About Sin

How Our Sin Affects Others

For Such Were Some of You--The Christian Way to Treat Homosexuals

Hebrews 6:4-6--What Does it Really Say?

Backslider

The Accomplishments of Jesus on the Cross

The Truth About God's Forgiveness

Hot Topics

Living In The End Times

Revival On a Personal Level

Devotion to Him

Word of Faith/Prosperity

God's Love

1--Adopted by God

2--His Death

3--While We Were Yet Sinners

4--He Gave Us His Word

5--Is His Love Enough For You?

Like A Child

1--Introduction

2--Children Are Trusting

3--Children Know Where To Go When They're Hurt

4--Children Are Teachable

5--Children Submit to Authority

6--Children Desire to Grow

7--Children are (Brutally) Honest

8--Children Understand the Importance of Playing

9--Children Like to Rest on Their Father's Shoulder

The Christian Walk

Another Perspective on September 11th

What Can We Learn About the Storms of Life?

Responding to Hurts

Faithfulness

Commitment To Him

Accountability

In Hot Pursuit; Chasing After the Only One That Matters

Obedience to God

Movie Notes

Man on Fire

Gladiator

The Legend of Bagger Vance

Cinderella Man


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Children Rest on Their Father's Shoulder

--Part 9 of the "Like A Child" Series

I love the fact that my kids have gotten old enough to snuggle with me while I'm standing. You know the scene: a kid is being held by his mother. His head rests on her shoulder, and everything is right with the world, as far as he is concerned. Most likely, you have seen a child in the same position, being held by his mom or dad. If you have kids, it is hard to imagine that you havenít held your child the same way.

The position is like this: The head is on one shoulder, and the arms are around the parent. One arm is over one of the adultís shoulders. The toddler is both embracing his mom, and resting on her.

I am too old to remember being in the same position as a child, but I am sure I found myself there many times. It seems obvious that the child likes the way it feels; he feels both secure and loved at the same time. As a parent, I can attest to the fact that it is a great feeling for the adult for the same reason.

On a spiritual level, God wants us to rest on His shoulders as much as you want your kids to do the same. Just as important is the truth that you and I have a need to embrace Him in this way; we need to do this every bit as much as He needs us to do it.

Matthew 23:37

" . . . How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings . . . "

Test

When you are overwhelmed by life, do you try and fix everything yourself, or do you allow Him to take the yoke off your shoulders?

Pride check

Our society values and rewards independence. The most successful Americans seem to be those who work long hours, take huge risks, and by doing so, expose themselves to all kind of attacks and lies of the enemy. By openly admitting that we need to be dependent on God, not independent, we may lower our stature in the eyes of the world, but we put ourselves in a position to be all that God has called us to be.

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