Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for being with my husband yesterday, keeping him safe and his truck keepin’ on goin’! Thank you for giving me a good balance between productivity and relaxation, and for waking me with a new realization, a new perspective. I don’t know exactly what you have in store for me, but I feel something coming, and I feel motivated to expand my vision more than I have in many years. Thank you, Father! I give my eyes and heart to you. Guide me to find what it is you have for me.
Matthew 18:1-10 ERV
About that time the followers came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in God’s kingdom?”
Jesus called a little child to come to him. He stood the child in front of the followers.
Then he said, “The truth is, you must change your thinking and become like little children. If you don’t do this, you will never enter God’s kingdom.
The greatest person in God’s kingdom is the one who makes himself humble like this child.
“Whoever accepts a little child like this in my name is accepting me.
“If one of these little children believes in me, and someone causes that child to sin, it will be very bad for that person. It would be better for them to have a millstone tied around their neck and be drowned in the deep sea.
I feel sorry for the people in the world because of the things that make people sin. These things must happen, but it will be very bad for anyone who causes them to happen.
“If your hand or your foot makes you sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose part of your body and have eternal life than to have two hands and two feet and be thrown into the fire that burns forever.
If your eye makes you sin, take it out and throw it away. It is better for you to have only one eye and have eternal life than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
“Be careful. Don’t think these little children are not important. I tell you that these children have angels in heaven. And those angels are always with my Father in heaven.
I thank you, Lord, for making me like a little child, at least in some ways. Thank you for protecting that in me, and I thank you that I can count on you to KEEP protecting it, for it is something precious to you. Father, please help me to stay a little child and not try to become hard and tough and protect myself from the world. Instead, I’d like to stay supple and soft and tender-hearted and inquisitive, and allow YOU to protect me! Please lead me forward, Great Shepherd. Show me the fields you would have me to graze upon, and teach me to hear your voice better than ever!