“Jesus loves the little children”….and so do I

Posted: January 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Having all teenage and adult children definitely has its rewards.  Hubby and I can go out whenever we want and not have to think about getting a sitter, we aren’t constantly worrying about keeping the house safe, changing diapers, etc.  Being able to have adult conversations with your kids and asking their opinions on different matters that come up is a wonderful thing and we are enjoying this phase in our lives.

Despite all the positives of grown children, there is a huge part of me that longs for “missing teeth” smiles, the patter of small feet running through the house, the excitement in their eyes when you pull out their favorite snack.  It is because of these longings that I have chosen my closest friends very carefully……..the main critieria……parents of small children!  Now these adults are, in themselves, wonderful loving people and I feel blessed to have all them in my life.  But let’s face it, their main appeal is their kids!  (don’t tell them that 😉 )

I had the privilege recently of spending some time with some of these kids in one of those mega toy stores.  Your first thought might be; kids in a toy store, that sounds more like a nightmare than a time of blissful reflection.  Searching the aisles for just a glimpse of  a favorite character on a box or pulling everything off the shelves that we can find that has any type of button to mash or a card that says “try me”, or walking with older children and having them explain different battle scenes or characters and their roles in certain games, or looking at princess outfits and doll clothes………. it was definitely one of the “funnest” things I have done in a while.  The joy and sheer excitement in a child’s eyes over such a simple pleasure is some of life’s greatest moments.

I started thinking about the verse that says, ” Children are a gift of the Lord..”  What is it that God wants to give us from these small ones?  We often think about what we are supposed to teach them, but in reality, what are they supposed to teach us?  Could it just be finding joy in simple things.  What is it about children that makes them so delightful?  Could it be that they never hold a grudge or have ulterior motives, they rarely look for the bad in others but instead love unconditionally……..?  Yes, children have much to learn, but more than that, they have MUCH to teach.  May we all set aside some time to just simply enjoy the smiles from a child, to just listen to them and see what they have to say, and most importantly allow the simple joys in life to flood our souls and make us aware that God’s greatest gift to the world……a child.

Thanks for stopping by 😎

  1. Nancy says:

    I’m right there with you. I absolutely love spending time with my friends’ little ones. They are such a blessing to me.

  2. stacie says:

    i have to agree that the little blessings the Lord gives us for a short time are to teach us. i find it a blessing that for those of us still in the mix of diapers, potty training, missing teeth, broken household items, and the like have friends who are no longer in this season to remind us to stop and enjoy these moments as they vanish so quickly. so thank you to those who love our kids and these moments and remind us to find the joy in such moments.

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