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My Little Girl

January 11, 2013

Greetings,

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”  1 Timothy 4: 12

Today my 13 year old daughter Lydia was an emcee for her schools talent show.  She was brilliant and funny.  A real crowd pleaser.  It seems that my baby girl is beginning to find her voice in this life.

Up until now, when in public Lydia has been very reserved, quiet and shy.  She has been a model daughter and student, excelling in everything she puts her mind to.  Lydia has been raised totally outside of traditional religion, except for the few times her grandparents may have taken her to their “church” services.

From birth she has been immersed in totally free and open, Spirit led, relational fellowship.  She knows that whenever our church gathers we will have a mutual and open conversation concerning our lives and the things of the Lord Jesus.  When we meet everyone is encouraged to share and add their unique perspective to the conversational mix.  We take very seriously everyone’s portion, including the children’s.  Sometimes they have the best and most vital things to share in fellowship.  Once many years ago when my son was like 6 years old he literally taught all the rest of us about Cain and Abel and acceptable sacrifices for over 15 minutes.  It was totally the Holy Spirit speaking through him.  It was amazing.  I could share similar stories of other children, but will refrain for now.

One thing that open and free fellowship does..is to allow everyone, of any age, to find their voice and begin to share in ways that edify the entire fellowship.  Recently Lydia has asked some very deep questions in fellowship.  Questions that have engaged everyone and lead us to examine what the scriptures say and how we feel about the subject matter.  In times past she would have saved her questions for me until after fellowship, but now she has begun to speak her heart and mind for everyone to hear and appreciate.  Now she has a voice, but I know that she has been intently listening for many years by the conversations we have had in the days following our times of fellowship.  I am certain that the confidence she has in public now has been built on the back of our open fellowship times.

My little Lydia is growing up and I am proud of her.  I know that in public or private she will conduct herself in a manner that is pleasing to our Lord.  Her life and faith are an example to everyone who know her.  She is an active and vital part of our fellowship here in Sturgis.  I can’t wait to see where the Lord takes Lydia in the future, but she will always be my little girl.

Love and….

Kirk Out !

 

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5 Comments
  1. Thanks for sharing your family with us, my brother. In the days ahead maybe I will share some of the more personal things that is going on with us on our blog as well. God is on the move, for sure.

  2. Reformed by the Spirit permalink

    It is great to hear about a young girl developing into a Godly woman…..I am very proud of her although I have never met her!!

  3. Re: “One thing that open and free fellowship does..is to allow everyone, of any age, to find their voice and begin to share in ways that edify the entire fellowship. Recently Lydia has asked some very deep questions in fellowship. Questions that have engaged everyone and lead us to examine what the scriptures say and how we feel about the subject matter. ”

    Someone once said that a church is only as authentic as the freedom for the weakest and insignificant to be allowed to have a valid voice in the Assembly and their voice listened to.

  4. Mickey Merrie permalink

    Still amazes me when folks experience the fellowship of the saints only to return to the chains of churchianity with it’s traditions of the elders. Have seen the Holy Spirit work wonders out of the mouth of babes, even unto gently correcting mistakes of elders by the Word of God. Even more amazing is the reception to the correction and the quickness of repentance for the error by the elder in this setting. Something I NEVER SAW in the business of churchianity.
    Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom!

  5. Sharing on FB.

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