God’s Mercy for Children’s Children

“But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.” Psalm 103:17






Joel and Aisha came by to see us on Sunday afternoon after Joel had preached in Kingman. Joel is Steve’s (my eldest) younger son, and he and his beautiful family bring such joy to Jerry and me. Joel is following in the footsteps of his Pappy and his dad, and is now a full time minister.

Thane is nearly 5, I believe, Ethan is 2, and Seth is 5 months old. This was the first time we had seen Seth as he was born just days before we came to Lake Havasu.


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Thane and Seth are placid children, with mild and even dispositions. Ethan is a tiger. Can’t you just tell by looking at him.


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We visited down at the clubhouse on Sunday, and once during the afternoon, I took Ethan outside and followed him around while he explored the area. He bounded forth, picking up rocks, climbing up and down stairs, peering here and there into every nook and cranny around–never still a minute. After a while I decided we would go back inside. Ethan thought differently and hesitated not at all to let me know. He slumped to the ground, wouldn’t walk, and began yelping. Finally, I picked him up and as he was bawling, kicking and struggling, from inside, Joel heard him. He met us outside, took Ethan from me, and sternly spoke to him, “You stop that right now.” Ethan stopped. Then this splendid, beautiful child laid his head onto his daddy’s chest.

I was so proud of Joel, for in a loving, caring way, he had disciplined his baby son. I’ve seen Aisha behave in much the same way, so I know they are agreed as to parenting techniques. Ever see a two-year old run a family? I have, and it’s not a pretty sight. Little Ethan is of such drive and disposition that he could easily order about an entire household. His parents will have none of it, though, and Ethan’s tremendous qualities will be carefully cultivated, and, as a tender tree he will grow tall and stalwart.


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There are several ladies here at DJs that like to put together puzzles, so there are always one or two puzzles out on the tables in the club house. Ethan and Thane wanted to try their hand at finishing up a job, and once when I wasn’t watching closely, they took apart chunks of edge work, so I had to put it back together. Problem was, they kept trying to help me. I finally went to the puzzles cupboard, and handed them a box. They sat together on the floor and flung around puzzle pieces, while I did damage control on the first one they had mutilated.


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“But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.” Psalm 1103:17


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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7 Responses to God’s Mercy for Children’s Children

  1. kikikaria says:

    What beautiful great grandchildren you have! How proud you must be of your grandson to see him walking in truth. You are so blessed. Thank you for sharing these pictures.


  2. carol says:

    wonderful pictures..thanks for sharing..:)

  3. Shirley says:

    Carol and Karen. Thank you.

  4. How precious is this post! I’m so glad you shared. šŸ™‚

  5. Tena says:

    Joel and Aisha are some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. I’ll never forget the Thanksgiving they came to our house, several years ago. We had a wonderful time visiting with them along with other friends and relatives. I’m so proud of them for preaching the Word of God. May God bless them abundantly for their work in the Kingdom of God. And those three precious boys will some day become three awesome preachers for the gospel!

    See you soon in Santa Maria! šŸ™‚

  6. Shirley says:

    Hello, Rochelle and Tena:

    Thank you for your remarks.

    Tena, I’m sitting now on the fairgrounds in Santa Maria. See you soon.

  7. Pingback: Camp Meeting Santa Maria 2007 Part 3 « Shirley Buxton

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