For the children

Note from Pastor Kristi Graner


Jesus knows that kids are amazing. He loves kids!

Those small, compressed humans with limitless potential. Energy, joy, emotions, learning and love all jam-packed and condensed into beautiful little people.

“Then people began to bring babies to him so that he could put his hands on them. But when the disciples noticed it, they frowned on them. But Jesus called them to him, and said, ‘You must let little children come to me, and you must never prevent their coming. The kingdom of God belongs to little children like these. I tell you, the man who will not accept the kingdom of God like a little child will never get into it at all.’” – Luke 18:15-17 (JB Phillips Translation)

Gary and I recently spent a week with our grandsons who are 4 and 6 years old. It was a wonderful (and exhausting) reminder of how delightful, important and challenging our role is as important adults in our grandkids’ development. This is how God created it to be.

Family and community are God’s plan to grow strong, healthy, and fruitful human beings.

Kids are learning to manage life and regulate their emotions.

Kids are experiencing everything alongside us, without the added benefit of experience that life brings.

Kids, too, are navigating family, emotions, pain and joy at all times.

They are more than a potential adult. They are remarkable.

Each child has the full potential to carry the Holy Spirit of God. There is no junior Holy Spirit. 

Children are amazing and are created with a plan and purpose for their lives.

“We are born afresh in Christ, and born to do those good deeds which God planned for us to do.” – Hebrews 2:10 (JB Phillips Translation)

Unfortunately, children also are affected by the same spiritual opposition that adults face.

Children also have an enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy.

As with adults, kid’s spiritual enemy will take advantage of pain, fear and brokenness to attempt to pilfer their destiny.

“For our fight is not against any physical enemy: it is against organizations and powers that are spiritual. We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil.” – Romans 6:12 (JBP Translation)

Praise God that the same Jesus who came to destroy the works of the enemy in our lives LOVES to do the same in our children’s lives.

As significant adults in our children’s lives – we have a holy assignment: to teach them to go to God with their hurts, pain and brokenness. It’s our responsibility to show them that if they do hear a lie and receive it, all they need to do is just need to talk to God about it and get it out.

God’s truth is always the solution: for kids and adults alike.

Because we have had so much opportunity over the years to help families, we have been able to minister to many children as well.

This experience has led to me to write a simple children’s book called “Weeds In the Garden.”

“Weeds in the Garden” explains in simple language how a child can find out what lies are in them, get them out, and replace them with God’s truth.

This book has been very fruitful and helped many, many kids.

If you’d like to read it for yourself, you can purchase a physical or digital copy here >

We also have taken time to put together a class for important adults (parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, godparents, etc) to assist them in helping the children in their lives to keep their heart healthy with God’s help.

This class was so popular that we recorded it and will soon be making it available online. Stay tuned because Lord willing we plan to launch this phenomenal teaching online later in 2023.

Whatever your role is in young people’s lives, you were strategically placed in each child’s life by the Lord to nurture them and teach them God’s ways. It is an important role: God knows that you are the right person for the job. Love them, pray for them, teach them God’s Word, teach them to pray, help them to know that you love them and God loves them.

You are making an eternal difference in a precious child’s destiny.

Blessings and peace,

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