Big Plans for the Little Ones

Big Plans for the Little Ones

I was thrilled when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was elated when a few months later, I gave birth to my daughter. I learned a lot about God’s love through being a parent. Soon after, I was excited when God gave me the opportunity to serve Him in children’s ministries in my church. I learned about God’s tenderness by serving in the nursery, I found out about God’s patience in potty-training toddlers, I understood God’s playful side when I organized games for elementary kids. In mentoring my own and other people’s kids during their teen years, I discovered God’s compassion and care over the awkward and stretching times of the journey to maturity. I’ve appreciated seeing the world through the eyes of children: full of wonder, excited about discovery, yet simple and pure. But children can be overlooked as an important population.

Jesus had a special place in his heart for children. When the disciples tried to keep the children in the crowd away from him, he said, “Let the little children come to me” (Mark 10:14 (NKJV).” Jesus loved children and included them in His ministry. Remember the little boy who Jesus asked to share his small lunch – through the boy’s faith, Jesus fed 5,000 people (John 6:4-13). Many children are overlooked and forgotten, among these are the children in the orphanages of India, Romania and Africa. My heart has been broken by these overlooked, neglected and abandoned lives. When my husband was killed in a motorcycle accident several years ago, I realized then my very own children were like orphans. I thanked God for His presence in their lives as their Father.

Who are the ‘least of these in your world of most?” Maybe you are a stay-at-home mom and at this very moment, you feel overwhelmed with the care of your children. This too shall pass. It helps to think of your children as opportunities to watch God work and develop His big plans for your little ones. We can involve our own children in caring for the needs of other children who have less than we do. Our own city has women and children’s shelters, homeless shelters and a children’s home who welcome donations and visits from those who chose to care.

Who are the ‘least of these in your world of most?”

We need not go all the way to Romania, India or Africa to find these little ones. Loving the least of these in our world of most purifies our love and specifies our service, allowing our focus to attempt to meet the needs of others. James 1:27 reminds us, “This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress.”

“Dear Father, thank you for your love for children, thank you for showing us, Lord Jesus, how to love the least and help us to love the orphan and the overlooked in our world with your love. Amen”

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Sheryl Giesbrecht

Exchanging hurt for hope is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio and television personality, author and speaker. A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Giesbrecht has endured many changes and challenges, moving her to a deep faith, trust and dependence on God.

She served as Focus on the Family's columnist for Pastor's Wives for four years. Hundreds of her columns, magazine and devotional articles have appeared in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s - InDeed and Tapestry publications.

Giesbrecht’s radio show, “Transformed Through Truth” is nationally and internationally syndicated and heard daily by over 10 million listeners on networks across the United States. The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network shares the show internationally on seven continents. “Transformed Through Truth” launched as a 30-minute internet television teaching feature in March 2017. To view this amazing teaching time, go to www.HSBN.tv.

Sheryl has a heart for missions and is avid about reaching out to the poor and needy, locally through the Rescue Mission and worldwide through various ministry partners. Giesbrecht is a Lead Like Jesus Facilitator and missionary with Freedom In Christ Ministries (www.FICM.org) and has been personally involved with equipping hundreds and facilitating the training of thousands of leaders internationally. Sheryl’s latest book is entitled It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth.

The joys of Giesbrecht’s life are her children and thirteen grandchildren. She is excited about the new beginning she shares with her marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts from Biola University, a Master’s in Ministry and a Doctorate of Theology.

Learn more about Sheryl Giesbrecht on her website, www.FromAshesToBeauty.com. She also invites readers to follow her on Facebook, and on Twitter (@SGiesbrecht).

 

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