I Felt the Wealth

I felt the wealth as I sat remembering our after-school Bible club today. Gratitude swelled in my heart as I recounted what God had done for these children.

Pete: In our club last week, “Pete” was disruptive and argumentative. He would blurt out disagreeable thoughts, and he informed us that his mother had extensive talks about Satan and evil with him. At ten years of age, Pete was fearful, frenetic, and sucked his thumb.

I felt the wealth of gratitude today as Pete entered Bible club ready to participate, with a smile on his face! He still needed some coaching about following the rules, but he was more compliant, and seemed genuinely happy to be with everyone. During craft time, Pete mentioned that his father went to prison when he was four years old, and it was there that Pete’s father died. I felt the wealth of God’s presence as Pete sat still for the first time and listened intently as I shared a missionary story.

Photo by Eli DeFaria

I felt the wealth of God’s transformative love as we began our Bible story review game. Pete was first in line, when “Mary” cut in front of him, and announced that she was first! Mr. Ken let Mary know that she would have her turn after Pete. Then Pete said, “That’s okay, she can go before me, ladies first.” Needless to say, Pete was given extra points for his selfless attitude, and Mary instructed to wait her turn after Pete.

My prayer is that we would remain thankful, and not just for a season or a day. That we would remain in the present to experience what God is doing all around us. The more we practice the presence of God, the more natural it becomes, and the more we will find ourselves pausing in grateful recognition and saying, “I felt the wealth” of God’s presence.

I would love to know your experience of feeling God’s wealth.


Jacquie ♥

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11.

May you find joy in your God moments today ♥

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I am a writer and counselor, who embraces joy and holds tight to hope. I live with my husband Ken, of 44 years, and he is the love of my life. I enjoy inspirational and devotional writing, home decor, gardening, and being in community. My husband and I are missionaries to children in Washington State, and love the privilege of being with them.

24 thoughts on “I Felt the Wealth

  1. That is a touching story about Pete. The Lord is working in his heart. Thank God for you and the rest of the team who are showing the love of Jesus to the kids and teaching them.

    I felt God’s wealth yesterday. I felt so overwhelmed with Thankfulness at how He has blessed me and kept me through all the changes over the last few months. I was sharing my thankfulness with my mom last night.

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  2. Working with preschoolers everyday, I have had similar experiences with kiddos who have experienced trauma in their short lives. I never know what the day will bring but, this reminds me that we need to look at every situation through God’s eyes.

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  3. My heart overflowed with joy as you were telling Pete’s story. I can only imagine how you must have felt to actually witness his transformation! Praise the Lord! This morning in my quiet time, I felt the riches of God’s wealth. He speaks to my heart through His Word. I am overwhelmed by His presence and His love. ❤️

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