Child-like Praise Pleases God

Today’s devotional thought is in honor of my daughter Lindsay who had a birthday this week. She’s a wonderful daughter and has taught us so much. We could not be prouder of her. Happy birthday, Lindsay!


Celebrating Lindsay's birthday with friend Stephen in 2011.
Celebrating Lindsay’s birthday with friend Stephen in 2011.

‘Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies’ Ps 8:2

Our family had trekked around San Francisco for five days and my legs felt like lead. My husband was tired too, but he had wanted us to hike Muir Woods before going home.
Our 11- and 13-year-olds didn’t want to go up yet another hill. Wondering how to keep everyone happy, I glanced at our youngest.
Eight-year-old Lindsay was brandishing a walking stick like a baton. “Thanks for tuning in to the Lunge Lindsay Aerobics Class,” she announced. “Today we’ll hike to the top of this mountain. Put one foot in front of the other, folks, and follow me!” She turned around and began climbing. The rest of us laughed and followed. Today, several years later, we still chuckle about how she got our family to climb that mountain together.

Children can lead us in behavior that praises God. God approved of our family activity that day because He established the family unit to love and honor each other. How has a child taught you to praise God?

Prayer: God, thank you for children to point us to you. Help us listen to them. Amen.

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