Return: Coming Back to a Childlike Faith in God


The #FiveMinuteFriday word for the week is return. My thinking led me to the passage where the disciples of Jesus were arguing about who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. He told them that unless they changed and became like little children they would never enter that kingdom. 


At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “So who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child and had him stand among them. 

“Truly I tell you,” he said, “unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child—this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one child like this in my name welcomes me. Matthew 18:1-5 (CSB)



Children are so trusting as they look to their parents to care for them. I believe our trust in Jesus should be like that of a little child. He loved us enough to suffer the agony of death to pay for the sins of the world. Then true to His word He victoriously rose from the grave.


Should we not trust Jesus fully and return to a childlike faith?


I wrote the following poem yesterday while pondering this thought, only editing it slightly today.


Return to a Childlike Faith


Return to a childlike faith
Recover that simple trust
Worry not for the cares of the world
You are safe in your Father’s hands


Trials may come to test you
Don’t let them crush your spirit
Look to your Father who carries you
You’ll be safe in your Father’s hands


Return to a childlike faith
Recover that simple trust
Cast all of your burdens on Jesus
Rest safely in His arms of love

                                                                                   gayl wright


return as children



People were bringing infants to him so he might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. Jesus, however, invited them: 

“Let the little children come to me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Luke 18:15-17 (CSB)


I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #SundayThoughts, #InspireMeMonday, #TellHisStory #TeaAndWord



34 thoughts on “Return: Coming Back to a Childlike Faith in God

  1. Dear Gayl,
    This is just so beautiful. I think your poem captures the heart of what Jesus said to us all when He called the children to Himself. He just wants our deepest heart, with that childlike trust. And that photo of your Granddaughter looking down into the center of the blooms: so very precious. Thank you for encouraging me with this tonight. Love and Hugs to you my friend.

    1. Dear Bettie,
      Thank you so much! I’m glad you were encouraged tonight. 🙂 Yes, I love that photo, too! Blessings, love and hugs to you! xoxo

  2. This is so beautiful, Gayl. The photos too. Oh that I would never ever forget this again. That I can come, just as I am. His child.

  3. This post comes to me just after I’ve read Paul Miller’s chapter on childlike prayer in The Praying Life. My favorite part was that children play, and we should “play” in our prayer life, remembering that we’re talking to a person. Often we get so frustrated when our mind wanders and we start wool-gathering. Instead, Miller says we should just think those thoughts to God the way children’s conversations go from one topic to another.
    Thanks, Gayl, for this refreshing collection of thoughts (and a poem, too!).

    1. I love how God times things. :)Glad this went along with your reading, Michele. Thanks so much for your always encouraging thoughts. Blessings to you! xoxo

    1. Thanks for visiting, Calleen. Yes, it is a beautiful thought. We are ultimately safe in Jesus, though we do face trials here. He will always be with us. Blessings to you!

  4. This is so beautiful, Gayl! Incredibly blessed by my visit with you today! Thanks so much for sharing! God bless you, sweet friend! 🙂

  5. This is a lovely poem. There’s a lot we can learn from the example of children about how to approach God and trust in him.

  6. Beautiful, Gayl. Our childlike faith so easily gets jaded along the way. Your gentle reminder is a needed one …

    “Hi” from Mary’s launch!


  7. Let the children come to me and do not hinder them for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these–Jesus! 🙂

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