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“And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

– Mark 9:36-37 {ESV}

There are some beautiful pictures in the Bible.  Profound moments etched in my mind when Jesus spoke love tangibly.  Although He could have simply stated His wisdom and love, He often chose to reveal it through His actions.  Jesus not only touched to heal, He touched out of pure and simple love as well.

Mark 9:36-37 shares the sweetest scene of Jesus tenderly taking a child onto His lap as He addresses the disciples’ argument about who was the greatest.  Their disagreement might have caused another to be angry or frustrated, but instead Jesus lovingly draws a child into their midst to remind them of His desire for us to approach Him as children and to serve even the least.  Jesus affectionately deals with the disciples and the child.

He loves us all – big and small! When we recognize God’s great love for us, we are better equipped to show affection to our children.  When we rest in that love, we can offer affection – deserved or not.

Lord, please use us to love our children – display Your love and affection through not only our words, but our actions.  And Father, thank you that you love us as passionately and purposefully as you love our children.


 ~ Resource of the Day ~

Grace Based Parenting


This is Day 4 of our 31 Days of Prayer for Your Children Challenge.

Please be sure to follow along this month as we encourage parents to be intentional about praying for their children. Read all of our 31 Days of Prayer for Your Children posts by clicking here.

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Sue Birdseye

Sue Birdseye is the proud mama of 5 children – college to kindergarten! She is walking the unexpected road of single mom with a lot of love, a touch of humor and a serious lack of sleep. She hopes to encourage other moms by sharing her story and her faith. Sue is a regular contributor to Mom Life Today, Fredericksburg Parent and her own personal website She has also written for Flourish Magazine and Thriving Family Magazine. Her first book, When Happily Ever After Shatters, will be out in March 2013.



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