19th November 2013

Simple Blessings Are Awesome

 “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him!”
Luke 11:13 (NIV UK)

I listened to a sermon given at the church conference at Paignton this year. David Silcox was talking about his granddaughters and how they persuaded him to take them with him to Dunkin Donuts each morning. They had been told they weren’t allowed to knock or go into his room, so they wiggled their fingers and toes under the door to let Grandpa know that they were there and ready to go. 

I was smiling to myself and it made me think that as parents, it gives us great joy when our children, no matter what age they are, do well or achieve a goal they have been pursuing. When something good happens in their lives that brings happiness to them, I just get a joy deep down that nothing can surpass at the time. 

The story made me realise just how much our Heavenly Father loves us with a love that we can’t fully comprehend. Stories like this help us to understand how much He just wants to bless us. He wants us to prosper and be in good health. But sometimes we can block his blessings or put up barriers by wrong thoughts, words and deeds. 

Another thought stuck me that although they may have pulled the wool over Grandpa’s eyes and wound him round their little fingers, they were very obedient in not knocking on the door or going into the bedroom. They were persistent and they didn’t give up. As it says in Luke 11:8 because of persistence we may receive what we ask for. The girls were outside the bedroom door early every morning waiting for Grandpa. He didn’t have to go in and drag them unwillingly out of their beds. There’s a lesson to be learned there. If we are obedient, if we seek with all our hearts and if we keep knocking, we will get our reward, just like the granddaughters got their reward every morning in visiting Dunkin Donuts with Grandpa and Grandma. 

Sometimes we can miss golden opportunities, simple little things in life that can be so rewarding, yet don’t cost much besides our time. Sadly, we may be all too busy running here and there, doing this and that and we can so easily miss all the wonderful simple blessings that are all around us every day, if we would just take the time to look. The time we spent with our children and grandchildren can be time well spent building a loving relationship, and they will always remember it. 

Father in Heaven, spending time with our children and grandchildren can teach us so many lessons about how much you love us. Help us to take the time to learn from them. We appreciate and thank you daily for who you are and all that you are doing in our lives.

Study by Catherina Prunty


 IMG_2719About the Author:
Catherina Prunty is a members of the Dublin congregation of the Worldwide Church of God in the Republic of Ireland.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Dublin
Friends Meeting House
82 Lower Churchtown Road

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm each 2nd and 4th week

Local Congregational Contact:
Ray Jordan
Email: rjordan@tcd.ie

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One Response to “19th November 2013”

  1. Lisa Prunty on November 24th, 2013 8:18 pm

    Great message mum, Amen!

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