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Childlike Delight

Childlike delight ...do you remember what that felt like?

While I was in the mountains alone last week, the Lord gave me another insight. 

If I truly trust Him and know that He is in control, I can enjoy my life more. 

 Instead of always feeling anxious, is it possible to walk through each day with a childlike delight?


The unhindered smile of a baby is so contagious. 

Why do so many Christians walk around with sour faces?  Don't they realize how fortunate and loved they really are?  The One True Living God has chosen us to belong to His family. It doesn't get much better than that. 

So smile!

This is a portion of what I read from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young while away in the mountains.

"When My people wear sour faces and walk through their lives with resigned rigidity, I am displeased.  When you walk through a day with childlike delight, savoring every blessing, you proclaim your trust in Me, your ever-present Shepherd."

This really touched my heart.  I tried to remember a time in the past when I felt a childlike delight

The memory that came to my mind was when I was two or three years old.  For some reason, I vividly remembered doing something to make my family laugh.  I bent my head down between my legs and walked backwards into the kitchen. My mom and dad started laughing at the sight of their little Debbie. 

 And I thought I was so funny ...childlike delight!

Now I'm not suggesting that we walk in a position like that.  I doubt I could even get in a position like that.  :)

But sometimes I can be so serious that I miss laughing and enjoying the moments.  If I'm always thinking of tomorrow or worrying about something that may or may not ever happen ...I lose the joy of today.

As this is also Thankful Thursday, I'd like to challenge each one of you to have some childlike delight today.  It may start out with a moment or two but if you find yourself smiling ...don't stop.

God delights in our childlike delight as we learn to trust Him and to lean on Him.  I'm so thankful for that gift and His never ending love. 

How about you?  Can you think of something to smile about?  How about taking a moment to find something to delight in? 


Today is Thankful Thursday. 

If you'd like to visit other thankful blogs or participate, you can visit Laurie of Women Taking A Stand.

Blessings and love,
All photos are my friend Jamie's children. Thanks Jamie!
Debbie Petras
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  1. Our grown up analytical minds
    get in the way of our being
    able to be childlike and just
    receive what our Father has
    for us. Jesus spoke of becoming
    like a child to enter the
    kingdom of heaven. We would do
    well to watch our little ones
    in learning how to live a life
    of delight.

  2. What a beautiful post Debbie!

    Love it!

    Love you,

  3. Amen, What a beautiful post!!!!


  4. I absolutely LOVED this post! =D I wish I could've been there to see little Debbie walking backwards in an interesting position, lol.

    I completely agree with you: In worrying about the things of tomorrow, we lose the joy of today. That was so eloquently put.

    Thanks for the reminder and I hope you have a great Thursday!

  5. I love this idea of Childlike Delight! Why do so many Christians seem afraid to laugh...or even smile? As if they will be less than dignified or spiritual? I really do think the Lord is disappointed and displeased with that disposition. I just the pictures of the sweet children - they made me smile! (esp. that bruiser with the big belly!!) :)

  6. Your friend Jamie has beautiful children. And you are so right, I need to find more delight and quit worrying about everything. After all I serve a great big God and I can trust Him 100% with all the stuff in life which means I can spend more time delighting in all the good things.
    Thanks for the reminder.

  7. great post! Look at the joy in their eyes.

  8. what a wonderful blessing that would be

  9. Such a delightful post! Happy Thankful Thursday :)

  10. Joy... it's one of my favorite words! It is easy to let it slip by some days. The complete happy joy of a child is captivating!

    I love those words from Jesus Calling... "When you walk through a day with childlike delight, savoring every blessing, you proclaim your trust in Me".... and the opposite is also true, when I don't, I'm not really trusting, and what a difference!

    Love you!

  11. This is the way I want to live, Debbie. Thank you for the sweet, gentle reminder.

  12. Your post definitely made me smile!

  13. Hi Debbie, I'm smiling :-) Thank you for the reminder. We adults don't smile and laugh as much as we should. Many blessings to you!

  14. What a precious post Debbie. It did make me smile.

    You are right! As Christians, we especially have something to smile about.

    Bless you today!

  15. Yes and thank you....I sooooooooo need to laugh and smile more...besides my husband says I am so much prettier when I do...so my creator must feel the same way also!!

  16. Oh Debbie, you always speak from the heart. I love what you say here: "...If I'm always thinking of tomorrow or worrying about something that may or may not ever happen ...I lose the joy of today." So true!!!!!

    Let us all seize the moment and start smiling about the little things in life.

    Love & peace,
    <>< Iris

  17. i enjoyed the photos very much. beautiful smiles. love them.

  18. Your post is delightful and has me smiling. Who could help but smile at those sweet smiling faces?!

  19. This is sooo true Debbie! How often we let the worries of our lives steal our joy.

    I've really worked on this over the last year of my life & transitions. It's amazing how "letting go & letting God" lifts the burdens & lets our Father in Heaven take over!



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