No Greater Joy

I have no greater joy that to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4

I have been reading some wonderful posts on WordPress. I love the stories of families and good memories of past experiences. Many of the posts are so uplifting! There are also posts of tremendous trials, and they too, are inspiring to read. Many people find such a strong faith through their trials. As this verse states, there is no greater joy than hearing our children are “walking in the truth”!

I experience so much joy when my son gets up early in the morning on Sundays to attend a local church. He also looks forward to Sunday evening, when he can attend a youth group.

We also home school. Most of the curriculum we use, makes reference to the Lord, and how many Christians have made a difference in the world in History, Science, Math, and English. There is a verse that tells us to train up a child in the way he should go, and in the end he won’t depart from it.

Noah Webster, the same who authored a dictionary, was a devout Christian. About Webster, was written this article:

Religion was an important aspect of Noah Webster’s life. As a boy, he attended church with his family and learned to read from the King James Bible. His father was a deacon in the local Congregational church, the highest lay position. As he aged and raised his own family, Noah’s faith grew even stronger. He led his wife and children in daily prayers, using a prayer book he wrote.

You can read more about Noah Webster here:

George Washington made many references to God, and asked on several occasions for His divine wisdom. In one instance, from the eyewitness account of Reverend Snowden, he recalls the event where George Washington prayed at Valley Forge, when times were hard, and a victory seemed unlikely. Below is an excerpt, and you can find the article here:

“I heard a plaintive sound, as of a man at prayer. I tied my horse to a sapling and went quietly into the woods and to my astonishment I saw the great George Washington on his knees alone, with his sword on one side and his cocked hat on the other. He was at Prayer to the God of the Armies, beseeching to interpose with his Divine aid, as it was ye Crisis and the cause of the country, of humanity, and of the world.”

Phyllis Wheatley was an African-American woman, who was brought to the United States as a slave. Her story is sad, but inspirational. The people who bought her on the auction block found that she had a great deal of knowledge. They took a great interest in her education, and she started writing poetry at age 13. This is one of her poems:

On Being Brought from Africa to America

Phillis Wheatley, 17531784
‘Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
“Their colour is a diabolic die.”
Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,
May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.

If you would like to read more poems from Phyllis Wheatley:

These men and women knew the truth, and when times were hard, they relied on their faith to get through. They suffered some incredible things, but found God’s incredible strength.

It makes a parent so happy to know that their child has the knowledge of the living God, for then, to him, all things are possible.

Dear Loving Father, thank You for giving us the knowledge of Your presence, Your great love, and the wisdom of knowing Christ Jesus as our Savior. Thank You that with that wisdom and knowledge, we can do all things through You.  We can experience Your great strength in our greatest trials! Amen!


Through prayer, many things are accomplished. I prayed for a friend of mine, and witnessed a wonderful miracle this week. She had been in the hospital for several weeks from a stroke. She is only in her 40’s. The doctor did not give her family much hope. She could not breathe on her own, and was on a ventilator. When I heard that she was not recovering, I got on my knees, and asked for the breath of God to fill her body, and heal her, and make her rise up, if that would be in God’s will. Many people were praying for her. It was the next day, that she awoke! I am so thankful and grateful to God, and just wanted to remind everyone that miracles still happen, and God hears our prayers!


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