For ALL of you recently getting the Holy Ghost!
I have been very busy lately and have not told all of you how happy I am for you.
A Note for Everyone Else:
I was talking with my Pastor's wife, Sis. Elms, just the other day about children who receive the Holy Ghost at a young age. I think all too often we fail to be as serious about a child's spiritual development as we should. There are some people who are so skeptical about a child's spiritual 'body' and in particular that of a young child. What we sometimes fail to realize is that children who are brought up in a home where God and His spirit is always present can be years ahead of other children in there spiritual development.
As a public school teacher I can readily see the effects of parents who bring their children up in homes where learning, studying, and reading are all emphasized. You can hear a child read a story in sixth grade and know if they had parents who took the time to read expressively to them as a young child. You can also see who the students are who are only being educated from 8:00 - 3:30 each day. The difference can be astounding.
Why would we think that spiritual development is any different? Children who are raised in Godly homes where the presence of God is felt, and a life of serving God is experienced, not just talked about, should be years ahead of children who have not been given the same spiritual attention. Too many babies are spiritually starving and therefore lacking the necessary spiritual development to understand and grasp the things of God at a time in life where the pull of the world is less than it will ever be.
I believe wholeheartedly that having the Holy Ghost before the age of ten (if not younger these days) is paramount for any child who has been raised in the truth. Why- because soon after, the pull of the world and the pressures of an ungodly society will really began to be felt. Children can certainly get the Holy Ghost later; however, it will not be nearly as easily as when they are younger.
Ice Cream, cake, pizza, high-fives, hugs, kisses, 'I love You's; all of these are totally in order!