Friday, June 12, 2009

"Just Like Hand-Me-Downs"

"Oh my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from old -- what we have heard and known, what our fathers have taught us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power and the wonders He has done."
Psalm 78:1-4

I so appreciate the hand-me-downs we receive for our children. Our hearts are thankful that friends have thought to share their children's clothes with our children. It's so much fun to receive a box or bag full of hand-me-downs. We go through them excitedly, looking at the treasures being handed down to us. Each time one of our cherubs wears a hand-me-down item, we say a prayer for the family that gave it to us.
We are so joyful when we carefully pack up gently worn clothes and GIVE hand-me-downs to another family. It is so much fun preparing a big bag of "gently worn" clothes to hand down to another child. Our cherubs get so excited when they know one of their favorite outfits that no longer fits them is being given to someone else.
Recently during our morning devotions with our cherubs, I was reading Psalm 78:1-4 above. We were discussing how Daddy and I want to tell them about the faithfulness of God that we have seen, the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power and the wonders He has done in our lives. And then they can tell their children and so on and so on from generation to generation. As we were talking about this, Joshua nonchalantly but poignantly said, "It is just like hand-me-downs, Mom!"
This mommy's heart was delighted by our son's analogy. Yes, indeedy, it is just like hand-me-downs! Just as we receive and give clothing hand-me-downs, we want to pass down the most significant treasure of our lives...the heritage of a personal relationship with our living God. We want our children and their children and their children...for generations to be clothed in His garment of salvation and His robe of righteousness. May we, our children and our future generations be clothed with our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. This legacy is the most precious kind of hand-me-downs.
"Clothe yourselves with the
Lord Jesus Christ..."
Romans 13:14
"I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness..." Isaiah 61:10

" the next generation would know...then they would put
their trust in God"
Psalm 78:6, 7
"...with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations."
Psalm 89:1


Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Wow Sharon!

That is beautiful! Give your precious son a hug from me!

We obviously LOVE hand me downs!!!

Hugs precious friend!

Mich said...

Don't you just love it when your child "gets it?" Those moments are like hugs from heaven for me.

Sarah Dawn said...

Hand me downs, yes, yes, yes! Children are the gift we give to a generation we will never see. Your little Joshua will be an amazing gift to lead his generation into all of God's promises!

Thank you for your kind and sweet words. You splashed me today. I was a bit hesitant to post, but simply wanted my heart, my words, even my tantrums to bring Him glory!

And Isaiah 40:11, my absolute favorite clinging verse!

Resting in His goodness,
Sarah Dawn

Chatty Kelly said...

Out of the mouths of babes. I love your son's precious analogy. You must be so proud of what a tremendous job you are doing raising your kids unto the Lord. And you are a living legecy, as they will pass down all you've taught to their children, and so on and so on!

(and we love hand-me-down clothes here too!)

Toia said...

Beautiful and lovely post!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

christy rose said...

Oh Sharon,
How sweet is that! God is so good!
I love hand me downs too! Could not get by without them.
Great story and post!

Joyful said...

Beautiful analogy! Thanks Joshua, and thanks Sharon for sharing.

Enjoying the "hand-me-downs" I've received and given,