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A Childlike Heart

Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all.
Mark 10:15

How would a child come to God?
With no reservations, no preconceived fears or doubts.

“Looking up” to Him — from a child’s perspective.
He is big and I am little. He is strong. I am weak.
He will hold me in His arms. He will hold my hand.
He will know what to do. . . .
Ready to listen and to ask questions,

but not to express her views or to argue
with Him about His views.
Giving Him the responsibility of caring for her.
Indeed, expecting Him to care for her.
Trusting Him to care for her.
Reaching out to touch Him. Holding His hand for
security and comfort.
Resting in His lap.
Putting her arms around His neck.
Being excited to see Him and be with Him.
Knowing that He is wiser than she is.
Knowing that He is stronger than she is.
I have often thought that the time to enjoy your child to the fullest
is when she,with childlike trust and love . . .
walks by your side
holds your hand
wants to be with you, near you
listens to what you say
believes what you tell her
looks to you every day to plan her life
asks permission to do something her way
brings her problems to you
enjoys the “little” things you give her
appreciates the “little” things you do for her
doesn’t question your decisions
doesn’t need anyone in her life but you
lets you know that you are the most important person in her life.

Dear Lord, why do we grow away from You
as we get older? Why do we begin to think
we don’t need You? Why do we question
Your motives? Your love? Your power?
I am so sorry, Lord God.
How I need You.
In childlike faith I come to You today,
recognizing that You are my Father, my God . . .
and that I am Your child.

About the Author

Anabel spent decades teaching in many contexts through Lifetime Guarantee Ministries. She has taught countless others how to have a genuine intimate faith and a sound marriage. She shared from her heart about living from the heart. Lifetime’s beloved founder and mentor passed away November 7, 2010. Her legacy and influence are timeless and priceless.