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Lenten Devotional: March 7, 2024


by Laterika (Terri) Feliz Jelks, Assistant Preschool Director of St. Pete First Preschool Ministry


Through the Lens of Awe and Wonder


Scripture: Psalm 127:3-5: “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a

reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s

youth.”


Children are our future and are here to teach us. They serve as great advisors and examples for us on how to appreciate the here and now and fully soak up the present moment. When it comes to being open-minded and curious, they are my favorite models. Children recognize the world as a magical place and their hearts are open to the myriad of blessings and experiences that surround them.


Being like a child allows us to remain humble. In Mark 9, a father asked Jesus to heal his mute son. Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” The father cried out affectionately, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” This was an authentic expression and humble request by the father. The father took Jesus at his Word, and he cried out for help in his doubt.


This teaches us that when we have doubt, we can agree with God’s Word and simply ask the Holy Spirit to help align our heart and mind when doubt creeps in.


Being like a child allows us to remain teachable. When we remain teachable, a door is open for us to discover more about our Heavenly Father and His plans for us. This draws us closer to Him and He loves that. When we are teachable, we are willing to be molded into exactly who God created us to be for His lovely kingdom.


Being like a child allows us to see through the lens of awe and wonder. When children

experience something awe-inspiring and wonderful, they celebrate it. Childlike faith celebrates the wonderful things of God. It boasts in the Lord and stirs up love in everyone. Childlike faith keeps us open, loving and teachable. It is a sure way to remain eager to learn and experience more of God. It opens the opportunity to revel in joy and receive.


Children help to remind us to remain humble and kind, trust in the Lord, and get excited about the wonderful work He is doing and all He has planned for our lives.


Reflection: Is childlike faith a kind of faith you are willing to pursue? Ask God to search your heart and reveal where childlike faith will work in your life.


Affirmation: When I flow with the faith like a child, I glow with the light and wisdom of our Lord.


Meditation: Is there space to explore more, trust more, embrace excitement or run to receive what God has for you?


Whatever it may be, know it is for God’s glory. Praise His holy name for the work He has done in your life and what He has planned to do in and through you in this season of your life.


Prayer: Heavenly Father, our gracious and loving God, we come to you in awe of your majesty and grace. You are worthy of all honor and adoration. Your love for us is everlasting and we are so grateful. We give thanks for blessings seen and unseen. Merciful Lord, cleanse us from every sin and set us free as we embrace the freedom of childlike faith. We claim faith, hope, and love that brings us into closer commitment with you. Lord, protect us all and our loved ones. Shield us from harm and order our steps in the path of your righteousness. Fill us with the light of love and lead us into all truth. Bless us with your favor and grace so that we may walk through life with the assurance of your presence. Let love live in our hearts for your promises. Guide us and use us for your glory. May your blessings be upon us and all that we love. Let your kingdom come and your will be done. Thank you, Lord, for hearing and answering our prayers. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray, Amen.


May your heart be blessed and your spirit uplifted. May the peace and grace of our Lord be with you and forever with your spirit. Bright blessings on blessings to you and all you love.

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