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Bread for the Journey

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change
and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:2,3
One day, many years ago, I drove my little guy to a Birthday party. We had purchased a hockey stick for his friend, who was turning 4 or 5 and there appeared to be nothing but anticipation and excitement on his face. It was the first time he was invited to a Birthday party without a parent coming along.

I parked in front of the house and thought that he would just get out and go to the door, but out of the blue, he hesitated, and suddenly became very quiet, saying, “Mommy, I need you to go to the door with me.”

We went to the door and he joined the party. When I got back to my car, it hit me … how he had just plainly told me, that he needed me. I realized that the time would come where he would not need me anymore and I tucked the memory in my heart.

I’ve thought about how sweet those words must sound to my Father in heaven. I need you. No pretenses about being able to do it on my own. Does He not surely feel the same way as I did? Would He not be happy to help when we ask?  Will He not be there to catch me if I tell Him I need Him to do that?

What is it that you need God to do today, that will lighten your load? Why not tell Him?

I am reminded of an old hymn we sang at church . . .

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.


  1. Thanks...for this hopefull words.... have a GREAT SUNDAY...hugs, Flavia

  2. What a sweet reminder of asking God for help. Thank you.

  3. Last night I could not sleep, and I decided to pray for many members of my family and friends and even some people that I am only slightly familiar with (the girl who sacks my groceries who seemed so sad this week). Finally, sleep still not coming, I began to pray for myself--my needs, my worries, my concerns....I was soon sleeping soundly. I think He gave me that peace.

  4. We truly do need God in our everyday lives. Jancd, like you, I often pray when I wake up in the middle of the night. So often our needs become clear and it seems easier to admit to them when all is quiet and dark.
    Thanks for this illustration Anneliese.

  5. I need Thee every hour,
    Most gracious Lord,
    No tender voice like Thine
    Can peace afford . . .

    Thank you Anneliese .. .yes today and every day I need the Lord.

  6. Thank you for leaving the hymn in my thoughts today. I will enjoy humming it all day long.

  7. Oh, I love and need that today. Good stuff, ladies... good stuff.

  8. What a lovely post, thank you for your inspiring words.


  9. Amen Anneliese. I love the illustration, too. Where would we be without our Lord? :o)

  10. What a wonderful reminder for us to act like children and ask for help and not try to solve everything on our own. Thanks for your wonderful words each week.

  11. Thanks for the reminder that He is always there for us and wants us to ask. He will not fail us! So often it's hard for us to understand that we are to become like little children.

  12. It was the theme of our Sunday sermon this morning ... How quickly our God responds to our need.
    How often children teach us the most meaningful lessons!

  13. Thanks for sharing that sweet word from God...How we can learn from our little ones. "Trust In Me."

  14. I enjoy reading your thoughts, thanks for sharing your wisdom about our God

  15. Thank you for this post - I needed to hear this today! I am so thankful for a God that we can come to at any time - whenever we need him!

  16. I do need Him....even thought He knows that I have that is good for me to verbalize that need to Him. I'm glad my Father in Heaven is available to me at any time.

  17. Thanks for these words.
    Sometime you need a stranger to remember asking God for help.

  18. Thank you for this bread, you'll never know how hungry my spirit is today..I truly needed to hear this. I wish I knew how to become a child again... .

  19. I am so thankful that God is there for us anytime day or night. I need the Lord every second of the day and night. How comforting to know that He is always available. Thank you! Lisa

  20. I love these old hymns. Seems like God speaks to our hearts through them. I'm so sorry to see so many churches today turning away from them and singing the "new" praise and worship songs instead. Thank you for putting this song in my heart today.


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