I absolutely love spending time with these girls. I had the privilege of watching them last night. We cooked dinner, watched movies, did homework, and my favorite part – we read through their devotionals. (Side note: It still amazes me that I’ve known sweet Alanna and Audrey for like 7 years…where has the time gone?) I was excited to read through their devotionals with them because I knew it would be precious time getting to talk about Jesus. However, I was in for a nice little surprise from the Lord. This “children & teen devotional” was not just for Audrey and Alanna, but He was waiting to share with me something that I needed to be reminded of so desperately.
Audrey’s devotional was talking about the Lord’s feelings…how He loves us SO much, and when we hurt, He hurts because the children He loves are experiencing pain. It was so sweet explaining this concept of Jesus understanding our feelings and emotions to an 8-year-old.
Precious Audrey asked, “So, when I’m sleepy, that means Jesus is sleepy?”
I smiled, and clarified what I meant by “feeling” the same things we do. I couldn’t help but be encouraged by her innocence, and it reminded me about Luke 18: 16-17
But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Alanna’s devotional was about anxiety. LET.ME.TELL.YOU…this is something that I have had problems with for years. I find myself not trusting the Lord with all things, and wishing I was in control of all. Um, yea…that’s a terrible idea. The Lord is DEFINITELY better at being in control. But in all seriousness, I have to remind myself daily about Matthew 6: 26-34
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
God is so sovereign.
So there I sit, in the living room with an 8 year old to my left, a 12 year old to my right, and I am overjoyed at how the Lord revealed a little more of Himself to each of us, in each of the ways that we needed to see and understand Him that night.
Audrey wanted to pray about not worrying about her multiplication tables and trusting Jesus to take away the fear.
Alanna wanted to pray for all things middle school (we all know how anxiety-ridden those years can be, am I right?)
And I wanted to pray for the upcoming semester and that I would seek the Lord instead of get caught up in planning and stressing.
I will forever be thankful for sweet, Jesus-filled moments with these lovelies.