It’s always a tragedy when children die. After all, parents are supposed to die before their children, not the other way around.
Parents then wonder:
Is my child in heaven?
The Bible has a partial answer:
1 Corinthians 7:14: “For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your young children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.”
Thus, the children of a Christian parent are saved, at least until they come to an age of personal accountability (which may differ for each child). However, we have no similar assurance for the children of parents who are not Christians.
Furthermore, David lost a child seven days after his birth. His response assures us that, yes, indeed, children of believers go to heaven:
“But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me” (2 Samuel 12:23). David was fully confident that he would meet his son in heaven. This passage is a powerful indication that babies and young children who pass from this world will go to heaven.
All children, even young ones, are born under sin and are not innocent. It is God’s mercy that allows them into heaven.
God is good, just, and full of mercy and love. He wants what’s best of us, even in heaven. Believe in Him; the rest will work itself out.
To help kick-start your desire to stay in the Word over the summer, I’ve compiled some great bible summer reading plans. Feel free to return to this page and dive in whenever you have a moment and don’t feel bad if you miss some days. These are just quick guides to help you! Happy reading!
This one is to read the book of Psalms in June, July, and August: HERE
This one is more of a year long one but it’s got a plan for different books of the Bible so you can pick a month and do whichever you want: HERE
This one is just 5 minutes a day for 5 days a week. Again, pick and choose which months: HERE
Finally, my favorite link of all. This one has a bunch of different Bible reading plans based off of themes. You can go chronological or Christmas or in order. Great choices: HERE
It is in Paul’s letters that the meaning of faith is most clearly and fully set forth. In essence, faith is trust in the person of Jesus, the truth of his teaching, and the redemptive work he accomplished at Calvary, and, as a result, a total submission to him and his message, which are accepted as from God. Faith in his person is faith in him as the eternal Son of God who died in the sinner’s stead, making possible justification with God, adoption into his family, sanctification, and ultimately, glorification upon our death.
His death brings redemption from sin in all of its aspects, which is verified when God raised Jesus from the dead.
Faith is NOT an intellectual assent to Christianity albeit this is necessary. Faith is a radical and total commitment to Christ as the Lord of one’s own life.
Unbelief or lack of faith in the Christian gospel, appears everywhere in the New Testament as the supreme evil. Not to make a decisive response to God’s offer in Christ means an individual remains in sin and is eternally lost. Faith alone saves.
Taken from Zondervan’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary by J.D. Douglas and Merrill C Tenney
Jesus must rise from the dead in order for us to be justified before God. Jesus’s resurrection is God’s stamp of approval on Jesus’s sacrifice for us all. God accepts the sacrifice for us. We can now rise as well! If God had not accepted Jesus’ sacrifice, it would be eternal damnation for us all.
My kids and I drove over 2 hours to see the total solar eclipse yesterday. It took us 11 hours to drive home. But it was worth it.
The total solar eclipse has to be one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen. The moment of totality, when you can look at the Sun and see it’s corona, and see the sky go completely black. It’s priceless. No one can deny God after such a sight. To have the Sun and Moon line up just right. A tiny Moon block out a huge Sun with the power to lower temperatures and cast the earth into darkness. And witnessing the power of the Sun re-take over the Earth as the Moon moved out of alignment. It was worth every last second I sat in traffic.
God, thank you. Thank you for showing your power and goodness yesterday and giving us such a special sight and memory. 2024 here we come!
Lately, I’ve been feeling this. Although I quit my job to be a stay-at-home mom again, to homeschool my kids, and to take care of my family AND to write novels for Him, it just seems like the day-to-day drags me down and when I go to pray at the end of the night and I review the day in my head, it seems as if nothing is done for Him. Anyone else feel this?
Maybe it’s just because I feel like I have so much more to do than cleaning my toilets, emptying the trash, picking up dog poop, running my kids here, there and everywhere, etc. Admittedly, I don’t get much time to myself and what time I do get I’m either here blogging or at my CrossFit box.
I have to tell myself, “I am doing His work,” like a mantra. If I could remember that (and praying throughout my day), I think the mundane wouldn’t feel so mundane after all. What do you all think?