No. 105
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

How old are you?
If you are only a little kid your life can be much easier than older kids!
Well, it seems that way.
Small kids can have a very happy life if they have loving parents.
They have it easier than older children and teens because:

1. Small kids don’t seem to have big worries.
2. They seem to be able to have lots of confidence in their parents.
3. They can take advice from their parents, and don’t seem to be upset by doing   this.
4. Little kids seem to feel so secure in the family situation.
5. They can cuddle and kiss other people without being embarrassed. They can say “I love you’ without feeling a fool too.
6.  Little kids don’t have really nasty temptations either!

Jesus Christ said this:

“And said, Verily I say unto you,
Except ye be converted (saved and changed),
and become as little children,
ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3).
Jesus meant, I’m sure, that little children have an openness and a delightful innocence and trust about them. We all need those beautiful things. Growing older can make us become less trusting, more selfish, unloving and hard. God doesn’t want that to happen to any of us. He wants you and I to be more like little children.

Older kids sometimes know about their own parents’ sins and problems! This can make them not want to take advice from them. Or maybe big kids can be too proud to take advice. They might have seen difficulties in the home about money, and all sorts of things going wrong at times. This makes them feel not so safe, and they can then worry and feel insecure at times. God wants us to trust in HIM, and have faith-rest in His caring for us. He is our Heavenly Father, and we can be with Him in trust and love just like little kids are with their parents. You can pray for others in your family, especially your parents! They have big responsibilities! Make a prayer list of the worries you have, and bring them to your best friend - Jesus Christ. Be honest with the Lord, He understands you so well. Being with Him  and trusting Him is Real Happiness.

“What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear.”

You might want to pray that God would give certain changes in your mother or father. No need to tell anyone else, ask God and be ready to let Him change you too. You might want to pray that God will make you a more loving son or daughter.
Maybe a friend of yours is not a Christian, and you want to pray that she or he will be saved.
Maybe there are bad feelings inside you about someone in the family. You want things to be better. Bring all the problems to the Lord in prayer, and trust Him to help. Be honest with the Lord about your worries, and expect Him to answer your prayers! Tell Him about even the not-so-nice problems, He wants to help you.

Whatever it is that you pray about, remember that your best friend is Jesus Christ.
Jesus never turns from you because you are not perfect. He knows your every sin and failure, and loves you. What He leads you to do will always be right, because He IS perfect, and doesn’t not make mistakes. He is the very best, most wonderful of all, Best Friend.

” Be careful for nothing (don’t worry about anything),
but in everything by prayer and supplication (coming humbly to God and asking)
with thanks-giving let your requests be made known unto God
(tell God about what you need or are unhappy about).

And the peace of God,
which passeth (passes) all under-standing
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus
(you won’t get all upset and disturbed when you are close to Jesus).”

(Philippians 4:6,7).

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