“Kid’s Do Say The Strangest Things”

“Kid’s Do Say The Strangest Things”

September 21, 1996/rev.2023
“Kid’s Do Say The Strangest Things”
Author: Pat Aman

Joe and I were Children church directors for nearly 15 years. And 4-H Leaders for 10 years. And every church we ministered in that did not have Children’s Ministry we built a program for them.

Now in the last 14 years we have changed ministry to Senior Adults. You know our group that is moving into our so called second childhood.

But working in Children’s Ministry we probably know more about some of the children and their homes than their parents would have wanted people to know. LOL..

But every Sunday, many prayer requests that were spoken we made sure we took the time to pray for each child, their parents, siblings and pets, as requested.

And with children, we found out that we had to pray specifically, word for word, their individually requests. If we forgot one word of their requests they reminded us as we prayed.

Some requests we cried, and some we had to contain our laughter. But to each child their precious sincere requests to Father God, petitioning in child like Faith to hear and answer their requests were never doubted. They knew that everything would be ok. And the next Sunday, they always made sure to share with us how Father God made everything alright.

You know thinking about it now, we never mentioned to anyone, anything outside of that Children’s Church class that had been requested. Once we prayed our faith became strong like those sweet children’s faith. They knew Father God would answer their prayer. Not only the prayers for their family but their doggies, kitties, fish, turtles and birds.

Psalm 127:3, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a reward.”

Proverbs 20: 7, “The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.”

Proverbs 31:28, “Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her.”

Isaiah 54: 13, “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.”

Matthew 19:13-15, “Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’ And He laid hands on them and departed from there.”

Deuteronomy 6: 4-9, (The Greatest Commandment) “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” God blesses us with our children, and He wants us to make sure they grow up in the ways of the Lord. He promises us this reward, if we do raise them to know Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord.

Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

We all know that children do not hold back. They say the truth and honest things and have since the beginning of time. They only learn not to tell the truth when they see and hear adults around them speaking untruthful things.

The Holiday Seasons will soon be here, and I think about my Mama. She was such a loving Woman of God.

I remember before she took her Heavenly Journey Home in 2008 the family always got together. We would try to get her to tell us of all the things in the past. We even video taped her a few times.

Boy! She has some stories on all of her children. And don’t tell me that you do not have some stories also.

Even if you were raised as we were in a Christian home. There is no one perfect, but Jesus Christ. So, let us just have fun and laugh together in the Lord. Even He has a sense of humor. Look in the mirror. He made you and me.

Daddy and Mama had seven children. Ruby, R.A., Frances, Leroy (died at birth), James, William and then surprise to them, 12 years later, me (Pat).

We were all raised in the church, and when they had guest preachers come, Mama was always asked to feed the preacher. And of course they had Fried Chicken.

As the story goes, one of my brothers, (I will not say which one, but he is 12 years older than me. I was the next one born in line after him) made this Sunday Dinner quite an experience.

As the preachers were eating he did not want the preacher to get the last chicken leg. So, he blurted out. “Preacher you don’t want that chicken leg, cause that chicken pooped all over it. Mama just went to the kitchen and wanted to hide there the rest of the day. Because my brother did not say the word pooped. And my brother did not say it plain so it was really funny. Well, that is what I heard, because I was not even born then.

I understand they all had a good laugh, and from what I understand that night at church, the visiting preacher told everyone, make sure they did not eat the last chicken leg when they go to Mama Hunter’s.

I have not heard if he, you know who I am talking about, got a talkin to, or a whupin, as they call it. See, he was just a little fellow, but I do not recall them saying he did not do it anymore.

The funny thing is, how did William (oops) knew that bad word? No one has given me the answer to that yet.

I do know that he did not hear it from my parents.

How do I know that?

Because when Daddy and Mama were first married, Mama would say a little not to nice word every once and awhile. Daddy told her that it was not right for ladies to talk that way, and if she did it again, he was going to wash her mouth out with lye soap. Guess What? She did… and he did.

Then Daddy got some sweet gum off the sweet gum tree to help get the soap taste out of Mama’s mouth.

But out of the 65 years they were married, Daddy never laid a hand on Mama. (Of course, Mama said that if he had, she would have crowned him with an iron skillet). I wonder if that had anything to do with the iron skillet she gave me for a wedding present?

Now, Mama and Daddy got married on December 24, 1929, and Mama turned 15 years old two days later, on the 26th of December. She was just a young girl. So, I guess Daddy helped raise her. Daddy was 20 years old when they married.

Anyway, where is the devotion in this?

Well, there could be a lot of sermons on this topic, but I am going to choose this one. As you read the Bible’s verses above, Father God states directly how we should treat and love our children.

And yes, children want you to talk to them, and listen to them. They want discipline. They want your love.

I have heard people say, my son/daughter is my best friend. Well, that is okay, as long as you are still the parent.

Do not be afraid of reminding them who the parent is. They are God’s gift to you. They will make you laugh, cry and sometimes want to pull your hair out. But just love them, stand by them and sometimes show tough love.

I know after my daughters read this, I will get a call. “Mama you better not tell some of the things we said or did. ” I will say, “you just never know., because we had very open conversations around the table at supper time.”

As Parents have received the highest calling. We are to be holy as Our Father God is holy. Today as we continue to consider parental responsibilities, we come to a verse that has us considering another impossible calling. Our children are a heritage from the Lord, and our calling is to value them as He does.

When many of us consider heritage we are often thinking of an inheritance, a birthright, or even a tradition. However, the point of heritage in this Scripture is placed squarely upon understanding the origin of this heritage. Our children are our responsibility given from the to us from Father God.

As parents there is an overwhelming importance placed on our responsibilities of stewardship. It is not of our own doing that we have these children. They are of Father God and He knits them in the womb. Our children are gifts, and our responsibility as parents toward them is high calling.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2023 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” “Coffee With A Little Spice Of Life” and Westbow Press a division of
© Thomas Nelson and Library of Congress Control Number: 2018910976……

Facebook Comments Box

Comments are closed.