Today's bible verse is from Matthew 18:4 Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child, is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
A child's faith is simple. A child doesn't try to figure everything out and make a detailed blueprint of exactly how he will get what he needs. He simple believes because his parents said they would take care of him.
Thankfully, the same can be true for us. As believers, our joy and peace are not based in doing and achieving, trying to figure everything out and fix it ourselves. They come with believing.
Joy and peace come as a result of building our relationship with the Lord. Psalm 16:11 tells us in His presence is fullness of joy. IF we received Jesus as our savior and Lord. He, the Prince of Peace, lives inside us. We experience peace in the Lord's presence, receiving from Him and acting in response to His direction. Joy and peace come from knowing and believing trusting in the Lord with a simple, childlike faith. Dear Lord I am thankful that my joy and peace are not based on my abilities. Father, it is in You that I find everything I need. Today, I come to You with a childlike faith, trusting that YOU will take care of any problem in my life. Thank You, Father, that You are in control of my life, and my joy and peace are found in You. Amen
Draw Beauty from every flower and Joy from the song of the birds, and the color of the flowers.
Drink in the beauty of air and color. I am with you. When I wanted to express a beautiful thought, I made a lovely flower. I have told you. Reflect.
When I want to express to man what I am – what my Father is – I strive to make a very beautiful character.
Think of yourselves as My expression of attributes, as a lovely flower is My expression of thought, and you will strive in all, in Spiritual beauty, in Thought – power, in Health, in clothing, to be as fit an expression for Me as you can.
Absorb Beauty. As soon as the beauty of a flower or a tree is impressed upon your soul it leaves an image there which reflects through your actions. Remember that no thought of sin and suffering, of the approaching scorn and Crucifixion, ever prevented My seeing the beauty of the flowers.
Look for beauty and joy in the world around. Look at a flower until its beauty becomes part of your very soul. It will be given back to the world again by you in the form of a smile or a loving word or a kind thought or a prayer.
Listen to a bird. Take the song as a message from My Father. Let it sink into your soul. That too will be given back to the world in ways I have said. Laugh more, laugh often. Love more. I am with you. I am your Lord.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and
the firmament sheweth his handiwork." – Psalm 19:1
Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa