childlike faith

Jules —  May 18, 2005

On our way home from church tonight, Lydia was asking questions about tithing. She’s trying to figure out how we give money to God. She asked me if the church puts the money on the roof!

Before school started this year, her teacher sent her a note and a pack of gum in the mail. Lydia was thrilled with her little gift. That night she placed a piece of the gum on her bed and told God he could have it. The next morning she was disappointed to see it was still there. I love her childlike faith!

To be honest, I have been feeling overwhelmed and distracted lately. I take part of the responsibility for not making sure I get enough sleep. I also feel like I am being oppressed. Now I don’t believe in looking for devils in every corner but the bible does remind us that we have an enemy. I thought it good to go back to the basics and pick up my sword and be on the offense.

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most high
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save me from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
not the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
not the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you make the Most High you dwelling-
even the Lord, who is my refuge-
then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot
against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord,
“I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he
acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Jules

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11 responses to childlike faith

  1. I love listening to our kids talk about spiritual things. None of them doubt God’s existence.

  2. It means the world to me that they are being raised the way they are. It blesses me to think of it. Our home is a peaceful one.

    I am soooo thankful that I am able to be at home.You make that possible.I know it hasn’t been without huge financial sacrifice.Thanks for believing it’s worth it and standing behind our decision. Thank you for being my partner in this adventure! I know we are far from perfect but I know God is bigger than we are!

    Thank you for always taking such good care of the kiddos and me.

  3. Wow, this is a precious little post and comment exchange. I hope I’m not intruding! :-) You guys are a strong team. I’ve always admired you both.

    Faith of children is a wonderful thing.

  4. It’s really cool that you used the word ‘team’ Rob. That is the word James and I use most to describe our relationship. It’s a big deal to us!

  5. Go team!

  6. Julie, I’d like to encourage you as you have been encouraging me lately through your blog and emails (a true example of 2 Cor. 1:3-4). I know that whenever I’ve shared transparently to encourage others, invariably I get slammed with the same thing I’ve been counseling them about. (For instance, if I talk with a friend about biblical marriage advice, Steve and I will quarrel–usually over something we’d normally not be upset about!) I strongly believe it’s spiritual warfare (AND my own sin nature). You’ve been sending me such good emails about not being overwhelmed and sharing the yoke/burden with Christ. This may be why you’re now battling that same thing, that same demon.

    I’m reading a wonderful book by Debi Pearl (co-author of “Train Up a Child.”) Her new book is “Created to be His Help Meet.” (found at nogreaterjoy.org) It’s incredible–and I’m only on Chapt. 5. She writes that thanksgiving produces joy. “The LORD will surely comfort Zion, and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.” Isaiah 51:3

    Your above posts and exchange with James are beautiful to see–full of thanksgiving and joy for your team and family. Keep giving thanks in ALL areas and joy and the voice of melody (I LOVE THAT!) will return.

  7. Thank you so much Debbie! I’m really touched by your words of encouragement.I’m humbled that I’ve encouraged YOU! *teary eyed* The scripture is great. I think a really good book is something I need! I am going to get that one. If you recommend it I’m sure it’s awesome. Thanks again…

    James and I are going out tonight to see the new Star Wars movie!

  8. Thank you for the script. Chris and I are always calling us a team, it has to be otherwise, one starts feeling like the leader leaving the other one feeling like the insignificant. I am reading “Never Alone” by the same guy that writes the Joshua books. I like being in spiritual kindergarden, so enjoy his simple books. I am currently attached to a holter monitor, I am having arrythmia’s. The doc gave me an anti-anxiety, and that has really helped, leading me to believe, that once again it’s my mental status that is iffy. hehe
    I am feeling better, just everyone please pray for me, Chris, Aaron and Sarah that we pull through another trudging area.

  9. Psalm 91 and John 17 are my two favorite chapters in the Bible. Both are very good to read when feeling down, disconnected or overwhelmed as they let us know just how much the Lord cares for us.

  10. Team work is about the only way that parenting will work right. I love reading your site and learning of good books to read and script, to check out again. I really like Psalms 91 also. Joy is feeling good again. The last 2 days I really feel great. Thanks for any prayers coming from your way. Trish, I have been praying for you to get through this valley. It’s in the valley’s that we grow. I PTL that He helped me through this one with my back.

    Julie, hope you and Kandi have a great time and find great bargains. Love ya all.

  11. I am so glad to hear your feeling better!!!! PTL