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The Joy of Kids

Anchor Devotional - 05.16.18

“Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are the children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”

Psalm 127:4-5a

An evening at my house with four sons may include any or all of the following: homework drenched in milk, arguments over TV, baby in the dog bowl, more food spilled at dinner than eaten, flooded floor during bathtime, toothbrushes used as swords, pajamas on backwards, 30 requests for one more book, prayers drowned out by giggles, and five trips upstairs to put them back in bed.

Can you think of anything more challenging than raising kids? Yet Scripture teaches us that children are a blessing and gift from God. As difficult as raising kids can be, once we catch our breath, what do my wife and I talk about? Our kids, of course!

But imagine a world without children, absent of the laughter and joy they bring. Even if they are not your own, their smiles, playground sounds, daring creativity, and spontaneous comments charm us as nothing else can. Can’t you just see Jesus delighting in the children and blessing them (Matthew 19:13-15)?

Today you will likely encounter children. Take the time to enjoy these wonderful little blessings from God.

Scripture Focus

Mark 10:13-16


“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” (James 1:17a)

Read the Bible

  • 1 Samuel 30-31
  • Psalm 135
  • Ephesians 1-2