Children can be such great teachers of the Word, can’t they? If your children are anything like mine, they have spoken truth to you more times than you can count. It seems they are more eager and willing to believe truth than I am. Have you ever found that to be the case? I love how Jesus uses a child as an example to the disciples when they are bickering over who is the greatest in the kingdom – hmm…one would think that the bickering was child-like – maybe just childish.
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:2-4
A Simple Faith
Many times our children become our examples for faith. My Emily wrote this in her little notebook a year ago. She had just turned 8. I just LOVE what she wrote. She has dysgraphia (a deficiency in the ability to write). So, just in case it is hard for you to read, I have rewritten it here:
“Always believe in Jesus. It is good to believe in him. I will. Always believe in him. I do. You (Jesus) love me. I know you love me.”
How simple is that? Always believe Jesus – believe IN Him AND believe Him! This is child-like faith…simple, easy. Isn’t Jesus’ yoke light and easy? What a beautiful promise from my daughter for me to read and see. That she will always believe in Him.
We tend to complicate faith so much – if we don’t feel His presence, we automatically think He is gone…or maybe we have turned away from Him. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. And, sure, sometimes we do turn away, but I don’t believe either of these assumptions are true every single time we don’t sense His presence. Let’s not complicate our faith.
Do you see how confident she is in His love for her? She knows it! She KNOWS it!
Do you KNOW you are deeply loved by God?
Children just know that He loves them. They don’t doubt like we adults do. Our hearts have been trampled too many times. It makes it more difficult for us to believe that He loves us regardless of anything we have done or will do. For us to understand that there is nothing that can separate us from His love. If we can teach this truth to our kids, can we start believing it, too?
Do Not Lose Heart
This little message brings my mommy heart such joy and relief. You see, my Emily struggles with a health issue. While it isn’t life threatening, it certainly is life hindering. Because of it, she is unable to go to a friend’s house for an extended time without me. Her condition is embarrassing for her because of what happens and the measures she needs to take in order to conceal it from people. This seems to be a long term condition, one she is having to adjust to and work through. In the last several months, I feared this would shake her faith, that it would make her question God, His existence, His faithfulness, His love for her. However, God has given me little nuggets of hope, evidence that Emily is growing and thriving in her faith – maybe her condition is helping to strengthen her faith!
Seeing this little note has also helped me with my own health struggle, forcing me to continue crying out to God for help and healing. My daughter has lead me to the Cross, she has brought me to the feet of Jesus.
Yes, I will always believe in Jesus because it is good…He is GOOD. I KNOW He loves me!
UPDATE: We have finally found a solution to her health problem. It is still a journey, BUT, she is on her way and there has been significant improvement. And to whom does she give all the glory? None other than her Superhero – Jesus.
Are you ready to humble yourself as a child? To believe Him fully? What is holding you back?
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