Luke 18:15-17 (NIV)

15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child1 will never enter it.”

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

6 Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.                            

DEVOTION – Janice D. Denton (Tennessee)

My mother was a beautician and worked hard at her job..  She loved to sleep, probably because of the long, hard hours she put in, but she got up early every day to make sure we had breakfast.  She also fed us with God’s word.  The first thing we did after coming downstairs was to listen to the reading of The Upper Room.  Leaning on my mother’s arm, I mostly slept as she read the devotional.  Often she would shake her arm to wake me and say, “Did you understand that?” or “God is just so good!” and I would always say, “Yeah,”  She knew I had been asleep, but she kept telling me about the importance of a relationship with God.  Even though I missed most of the words, she still sacrificed her own sleep to ensure that I started the day hearing God’s word.

After leaving home, I didn’t give God much thought.  I would pray for help when I was in trouble, but in general, I just trudged on through life.  I was 45 when I finally gave myself to God.  A lot of people were involved in helping, me turn my life around.  And even though my mother was no longer living, her spiritual nurture was at the core of my acceptance of Jesus as my Lord.  I am grateful that God gave me such a faithful and loving mother.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I can keep speaking about God, even when it seems as if no one is listening.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us be faithful witness today.  Give us the wisdom to know how to show your love to those who don’t yet know you.  Amen.