Celebrating Your Spiritual Childhood

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  

─ Jeremiah 29:11

Dayna pulled the baby gifts from the shopping bag and laid them out on the bed. She chose two outfits to give the expectant mother at the baby shower next week. The other two outfits, she’d save to give as Christmas gifts. Her great niece, expected to arrive mid-December, would soon be overflowing with all kinds of gifts in the next few weeks.

New life, new hope, new dreams for all who would love this little one, she thought. She was so happy for her sister, Jan, who had only grandsons, to finally have a little girl on the way. No doubt the gifts would include bows, lacey dresses and all sorts of pink, girly things.

She glanced up at the wall in the spare bedroom where she stood and smiled at the scripture stenciled there – the verse from Jeremiah 29:11. “I imagine you felt this way about me, Lord,” she prayed, “when I joined your family. You made all things new. I am grateful for the new life you gave me, the new hope and dreams you placed in my heart.”

When a child is born, we celebrate each new step from conception to delivery, from birthdays to graduations. God celebrates us as His children as we grow and experience life with Him.

Today’s One Thing

In what ways do you think God celebrates you? Think about the dreams you have achieved and the things He’s planned for you that still await you. Spend some time thanking Him for celebrating your spiritual childhood.



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