Monday

Cooing Babies

Psalm 8:2, praises of babies, praise silences satan
When our daughter was born, I was a new believer and keenly aware of God's miracle of new life, both physically and spiritually. 

Baby Nicole had the sweetest habit of cooing while she slept. And when she accompanied me to my weekly Bible study a week after her birth, her coos were sweet background "music" to our prayers. 

Psalm 8 says God ordained "the praise of children and infants," and I'm convinced Nicole's baby coos were just that.

When Christ entered Jerusalem, He said that if the crowds were silent, the rocks would cry out (Luke 19:37-40). 

If rocks ... why not cooing babies, chirping birds, humming cicadas, rolling ocean waves and rustling leaves? 

Psalm 8 also says the praise of infants silences God's enemies. If baby coos shut the mouth of Satan, let's do our part to do the same. 

Why not set a timer today and praise God every hour? And if you think of it, please pray for me. I will be traveling to Budapest, Hungary today, and I am going to try to incorporate praise into my 12 hour trip as much as possible.

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Friday

Have You Folded Any Socks Lately?

1 Thessalonians 5:17, pray without ceasing, pray continuallly
One afternoon I got a call from my four-year-old granddaughter Gracie. She was so excited she was slurring her words, and I couldn’t understand her.

My daughter got on the phone and explained they'd been doing laundry and she'd taught Gracie how to roll her socks into a little bundle. As soon as Gracie mastered the task, she asked, “Where’s the phone? I have to tell Grammy!”

I felt honored. The fact that sock-folding is somewhat insignificant actually made Gracie's call more meaningful. Gracie knows I love her, and anything important to her is also important to me.

It's just like my relationship with God--He knows everything, but He still loves hearing what’s on my mind, no matter how small. That's part of what it means to "pray continually" as we're commanded in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
My little Gracie

Have you folded any socks today? God is eager to hear about it!
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
This devotion was first published on Bible Love Notes in 2011. 






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