"Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born of one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them." King Solomon
PRAY: Dear Father, As I look to You as my Father, I thank You that You have promised us that children are a heritage from You and our offspring are a reward from You. Thank you that even our children's children are a crown to the aged. And I am so deeply grateful that I can experience Your promise that parents are the pride of their children. The greatest gift You have given me, besides my salvation and my spouse, are my children, and I start this week praising You and thanking You for the miraculous journey of having children. I thank You in Jesus name.
REFLECT: Based on this verse, we should all be treasuring the children in our lives. God so deeply loves children and He wants us to as well. Jesus defended the children multiple times in the Gospels and God tells us that they are a heritage, a reward, and a crown. Those are strong words. Are we loving and valuing our children as we should be? Sometimes we confuse love with spoiling, not disciplining or guiding. How would that understanding change how you treat your children or anyone else's children in your life?
ACT: Take a moment and go to or call a child in your life and tell him or her how much they mean to you. Tell them that you love them, that you're thankful they are in your life and tell them something particular about them that you value. This one visit, call, or note could change their life and give them the confidence to move forward in something, to seek Jesus more, or to show love to someone else. Your words of love can make an eternal difference.