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Faith of a Child
by Tina Hoffman
12/26/02
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Faith of a Child

Blow out your candles and make a wish.”
“The moon is made of green cheese.”
“Keep making that face and it will stay that way.”


One of the greatest things about children is the simplicity in which they think. They believe what we tell them.

As Christian parents we learn that we are to train up a child in the way he should go and when he is older he will not depart from it. What an awesome responsibility.

To be totally honest, sometimes I just blow it. And I have come to accept the fact that many times, it’s my children who teach me.

A few years ago, we were going through a particularly tough time financially. I had been divorced for a little over a year, raising three daughters on the roller coaster of real estate commissions. With closings at the title company, but no checks, I was somewhat panicked over getting my utility bill paid.

Just a few days before my disconnect date, the girls’ dad arrived from out of state and took us to dinner. When we arrived home, I noticed an envelope sitting on my kitchen stove. I picked it up and read on the front, “Jesus Loves You.” As I opened it up, the girls looked on with excitement and curiosity.

Now I am a firm believer in tithes and offerings and that the Lord will always provide when we are faithful to do what He asks. The last seven years have been a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness and He has done many miracles for my family with regards to finances and provisions. I opened the envelope with urgency and expectation. I looked inside and found $200 cash! He did it again!

I yelled, “Well, praise the Lord! I wonder who it’s from?”
“God.” My 9 year-old Chelsea informs me. “I bet it’s from God.”
“I know it’s from God. But via who?”
“No, mom, I think this time it really is from God.”
“Okay, let me understand what you’re saying. You think the Lord himself, in all of His glory, came down from heaven, entered our home, walked passed the laundry sitting on the couch and put this on my stove?”
“Yes. I know it’s from Him.”
“How?”
“He gets tons of those kind of envelopes on Sundays ya know.”

I have never, as an adult, laughed so hard in all my life. I visualized the Lord up in heaven sitting amidst piles and piles of offering envelopes, scanning over his collections from the week with a really sore thumb......... or a gold letter opener.

That is the faith of a child!! Matthew 18:3 says, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

It’s a simple concept. Faith pleases God. Childlike faith and unquestionable believing.

Chelsea taught me something that day. Whenever I begin to doubt or get discouraged, I remember that story and am reminded that faith is the answer.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Member Comments
Member Date
12 Jan 2003
Oh yes! The Faith of a Child. What a great word picture you painted. I laughed with you about God sitting in the midst of hundreds of envelopes, opening them. Oh how God would love it if we could all think like children.
Vicki Zahand 31 Dec 2002
"Out of the mouths of babes." God really spoke to you through your daughter that day. Excellent piece.
Jay Cookingham 30 Dec 2002
Excellent... a great reminder of His faithfulness! - Jay Cookingham
Lea Peters 27 Dec 2002
Not a detail left unspoken - excellent and powerful. Thanks!




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