Loving Him . . . Knowing Us

Susan Verwys

READ : Psalm 139 Search me, O God, and know my heart. (v. 23) One day I asked a group of children to tell me all they knew about God. Lexi answered, “This is all I know. I love God and I think about him a lot.” My thoughts about Lexi’s answer inspired me to do a self-check. So I’ve been taking inventory of my thoughts lately. Every once in awhile I stop and ask myself: “What are you thinking …

Freed from Anxiety

Susan Verwys

READ : Romans 8:28-39 For I am convinced that (nothing) will be able to separate us from the love of God. (vv. 38, 39) When you were a child, did you have a difficult time saying good-bye to your parents? Olivia, a little girl, entered one of my preschool classes. From day one she had a strong case of separation anxiety. For the first three weeks of school she sobbed uncontrollably. As Olivia refused my attempts at comforting her to …

Lord, Speak to Me So I May Speak

Susan Verwys

READ : 1 Samuel 3 Speak for your servant is listening. (v. 10) When I was a little girl, my favorite Bible story was about God calling Samuel in the temple. One might wonder why this story would appeal to a child who struggled with separation anxiety. After all, Hannah left Samuel to live in the temple with a stranger! Maybe I loved it because God spoke directly to Samuel. Maddy is a very spiritual child. One day she began …

Worship Exuberantly!

Susan Verwys

READ : Psalm 95 Let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. (v. 1) Our pastor reminded our congregation that we were created for worship. It is our greatest responsibility, our highest privilege and should be our first priority. We should long to spend every day, not just Sunday, in worship. In Scripture we are instructed to worship him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We are to ascribe to him honor and glory. One of …

A New Person

Susan Verwys

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. (v. 17) I am often amazed at how the liveliest (you might call them the naughtiest) children in the classroom are so very spiritual. Their parents usually don’t believe me when I report the bits of heavenly wisdom shared by these little souls: For example: Joshua (has a terminal case of running feet): “I can be Jesus to …

"Oh, For a Closer Walk With Thee"

Susan Verwys

READ : John 15:1-17 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love. (v. 10) One of our most basic human needs is the need for nurturing relationships. When a person is deprived of nurture, their physical and emotional being are stunted. Did you know a person can die from lack of touch? We need to be loved by other human beings. Another basic need is for a close personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. The psalmist …