NO GREATER JOY

As we were taking our 2nd grandson Ben to get a “pink” slushy  (cotton candy) at Sonic, I reached back into the car to help him with something and grimaced in pain from a shoulder injury.  Ben turned 3 a couple months ago and he knows I had back surgery recently, but doesn’t know about the shoulder issues.  As soon as he noticed my painful response he said: “Papa B – I want to pray for you.”  He bowed his head, folded his hands and prayed: “Dear God, please help Papa B’s back to get better. Amen!”  Truth is – when he prayed – I felt better all over.  I love his precious child-like faith.

Janet and I have been keeping Ben for a couple of days and as he woke up from his afternoon nap, he spent 15-20 minutes singing several songs over and over with gusto!  He sang:  Jesus Loves Me,  If You’re Happy And You Know It, I’m Gonna Sing Sing Sing – Praise The Lord, and Jesus Loves The Little Children.  Needless to say, it was one of the best concerts I’ve experienced in years.

One of the verses Janet and I prayed for our children for years was 3 John 4.  We’ve continued this by praying the same thing for our grandchildren.  3 John 4 NLT states: I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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