a grandmother, a hose, and two squealing children!


“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.

“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?” – Matthew 21:16

1-IMG_5136The problem with not posting since Saturday is that now there’s way too much to write about. However, I’ve been too busy to blog because we’ve enjoyed four days of grandchildren. In consequence, I’ll have to rely on photographs. Photographs of joy and cuteness.

Essentially, I could label this post, “A grandmother, a hose, and two squealing children.” There’s really not much more you need when you have water balloons and a beautiful spring day.

Beks – four – is wrapping up preschool and David – six – is more than ready for first grade. They are still in that stage of life where we witness change almost by the week. Bright minds, inquisitive spirits, adventurous hearts. It all adds up to two children who embrace life full-on, passionate, throttle wide-open, and brimming with enthusiasm.

1-IMG_5221One of my favorite exchanges of the weekend was with David, as we walked into 9:00 worship Sunday morning. “Grandaddy, how does your church have so many families?” “Well,” I replied, “it’s because we love Jesus so much we can’t keep it to ourselves.” “But last time you said it was because you have the coolest people!” “Well there’s definitely that, too,” I said.

I don’t know if it’s possible to find words that adequately address the depth to which joy infiltrates our souls when we run into the kind of unfettered love and irrepressible life that David and Beks bring into our lives. It’s a lot like trying to write about the visceral response I feel when the completeness of God’s love and its expression through our church body settles on me during the communion service, like it did this Sunday.

1-IMG_5237So I’ll post a few pictures and leave it there. They may not be your grandchildren, but I challenge you to look at them without smiling – I’d wager it’s an impossibility.

Love – the kind that flows through these wonderful children – DEREK

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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