"The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing" (Zephaniah 3:17).

The favorite words of every young girl or boy are "Do you want to go play?" What homeschooled child can resist an enthusiastic mother or father who wants to ride a bike, hide in tree houses, or dig in sand boxes? Our children love leaving the academic schoolwork behind and spending time together just having fun!

Can you let go of adult responsibilities to have a moment of fun on your children's level? Let your children push you until you're dizzy on a merry-go-round, skip stones on the edge of a lake, play dolls or cowboys, or make tents together out of blankets and the living room chairs on a rainy afternoon. Leave the dirty dishes and unmade beds and go play a board game, work a puzzle, walk outside, throw a frisbee, or swing on the swings. There is still a child in all of us who knows how to play!

God in heaven wants us to have fun being His child, too. Although we need to reverence our Holy God, serious and somber-faced Christians sometimes lose the joy and excitement of living for Jesus. Psalm 17:8 says we are the apple of God's eye, and He delights in us. When was the last time you really had fun being a Christian? Let the message of God's love and salvation in Christ cause you to rejoice again and sing praises today! "O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods" (Psalm 95:1-3).

Jesus, thank You for reaching down in Your greatness to love and forgive me. The joy of knowing I am loved by You fills me with such happiness. Living for You is so much fun! In Your name I pray, Amen.