A notable quote by a little girl watching her grandfather digging out a septic tank, “I don’t hope I ever fall in that.” 

I’m thinking of this in regard to some of the sin and slime, so many little girls “never hope they fall into.”  But glamour and enticement dangles happiness and excitement and many forget about falling into the pit.

I remember a time when I was about 11 or 12 in Canon City, CO.  My mother and I were staying at an aunt’s house a few blocks from the church we were going to on that Sunday morning.  I was ready before they were, so I decided to walk to church by myself.  A few blocks away from the church, a car pulled up and a young man called to me.  “Would you like a ride?”

Now down in the midst of my preteen heart, I thought that meant he thought I was kinda cute.  A bit of a thrill.  I didn’t recognize it as a “pit I don’t hope to fall into.” Looking back I realize I must have been protected by angels assigned to me in answer to prayers that had been made for me.

Thankfully I did not “fall into that pit.” I did not respond. I acted like I did not hear, and walked confidently down the block just like I knew where I was going and I ended up in the right place.

Now as an adult, I realize that was exactly how I should have acted. Must have been because I had good folks praying for me.  


I Peter 5:8 Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.

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ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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14 Responses to STAY AWAY FROM THE PIT

  1. Adelheid says:

    Yes, I believe you were protected by angels assigned to you.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for your words of confirmation. I do believe that special assignment is made for those whose parents have made a firm commitment to dedicate and raise a child to be a child of God.

  2. Gersom Clark says:

    GOD is gracious and guides you dear Oneta! It is the prompting of the HOLY SPIRIT that made you discern because GOD has plans for you. Blessings to you and your family!

    • oneta hayes says:

      As he has plans for every child, even those conceived but not born. Amazing. And, yes, it is the Holy Spirit who guides us in our innocence and in making adult choices. For some unknown reason to me, prayers are necessary for the will of God to be done. Although He is able to do all things, He has designed a “partnership” with his church. It is a mystery, but it all centers around the free will of man. I’m glad. I want to fall at his feet by my own choice, not because I’m a robot. 😀

  3. God is good, Oneta! Must have been all those good folks praying for you. 🙂

    Young people can often feel very invincible, as if nothing bad can ever happen to them. I try to talk to some about our vulnerability, because that’s real too, and also just glorious because it can lead us to rely on the Lord more. We don’t have to be tough all the time. We don’t have to know what we’re doing. We don’t have to have all the answers. Just follow Him.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Just follow Him – that is the leading of the Holy Spirit. Although we are so different in heritage, environment, and experience we have the same love of Jesus that just makes us want to smush our faces in his feet – making us well understand how Mary dried his feet with her hair. I’m lacking the hair, not the emotion.

  4. Eugi says:

    Yes, you were protected by angels, Oneta! You were led by the hand to make the right decision. 💫Thank you so much for joining in. 💖

  5. Oneta…you are a power to be reckoned with—I pray more young woman will happen your way!!!

  6. Faye says:

    A great sharing Blog. Thank God that even in your innocence it is obvious today by your sharing you were indeed led by Him to respond and act as you did. Thank you.

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