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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A Boy Named David

Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by May Mary Larmoyeux

It seems like I’ve heard the story of David and Goliath a million times. Yet, no matter how many times I hear it, the faith of the small boy David facing the giant always amazes me. David knew God upfront and personal. He truly believed nothing is impossible with the Lord, and he acted on that belief.

I'll never forget sharing the story of David and Goliath at church to a group of 3-5 year olds. Our out-of-town grandson was visiting that weekend, and when I asked for a volunteer to be David, his hand shot high in the air. So, I chose him to play the part.

Who was Goliath? A high school student who was over 6 feet tall. Seeing my small grandson next to the seemingly huge Goliath gave me a new appreciation for the faith of David.

When Goliath roared, "Who will fight me?” my four-year-old grandson jumped to his feet and shouted in his tiny voice, “I will.”

As I watched my grandchild standing next to Goliath. I thought If this were a real fight, you wouldn’t have a chance—in man’s eyes.

I can’t help but think of the future battles ahead for our grandkids. As they get older and experience more of life’s temptations and struggles, I hope they will be like young David and will rely on God's enabling strength. May they know that when the Lord is on their side, absolutely nothing is impossible.

He is able,
Mary May Larmoyeux

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TNT said...

Just the pep talk I needed! Your encouragement to "rely on God's enabling strength" is what this older kid needed to hear as I face my personal battles. Thanks!

karen Jordan said...

"Amen" to your article and the pep talk comment. I always learn something new from the story of David and Goliath. And no matter what season of life I'm experiencing, I seem to always have giants to face and conquer. Blessings, kj

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Hi, TNT! So glad that the post encouraged you. I was just reading something neat in a book called GOD: DISCOVER HIS CHARACTER by Bill Bright. Bright quotes Isaiah 41:10 --"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."

Then he goes on to say: "Claim this promise and consciously remember that God is with you during your times of fear and uncertainty. He will comfort you and give you courage to confront your fears. He will also protect you so that you will never experience anything outside His will for your life."

That's a great message for us "big kids." - Mary

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Hi, Karen! Won't it be nice to be in Heaven one day where there are no "giants in the land." - Mary