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Let Them Be Little

I recently bought a sign last year that says: “Let them be little.”  It is a simple black and white wooden sign with scripted lettering.  I hung it by the computer in our toy room.  I often get frustrated with the messes upon messes.  Then, when I see the sign I realize that with the messes comes the chance to be carefree and child like.

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Child like is a fun place to be.  It is not productive necessarily, but it is full of exploration, laughter, and seemingly silly tasks.  I was recently referred to as a “child magnet” by an adult girl friend.  I am a magnet for children.  I’m not sure why other than that God made me that way.  I like kids.  They intrigue me.  I feel comfortable around kids, perhaps more comfortable around children than adults.

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We adults have a lot to learn about the Importance of Being Little.  I am reading a book by that title by Erika Christakis.   It is outstanding so far…even though I have only completed the preface.  What books are you reading right now?  I have several going.  I think that is child like.  Having an interest in many books.  I have fiction, non fiction, Christian living, and always a little Bible Gateway or Student Bible time in the mix of any given week.  I have a devotional that sits by my sink “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young which has quotes from the Bible put in everyday language.  Love it.

What do you love about books?

What do you love about little children?

Do you think it is important for us to allow kids to “be little?”  Do you think we have expectations that are realistic of kids and of ourselves.  God is in control of our whole big world and every human upon it.  That’s my belief at least.  If it is not yours that’s okay too.  We can agree to disagree.  I’m cool with that.

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Will you join me in this new year in my journey to be a Mom in Prayer?  Will you take time to pray for our children, schools, teachers and staff?  It is an easy and a hard task to take on.  It is important.  The little people are important and cute, and we as moms need prayer to make it through the days with them!  We need to be praying for their safety, happiness, and their souls to grasp how much they are loved by us and by their Heavenly Father.

Dear God,

You are Our Creator.

You made us each as a baby, child, and on into our adult lives.

Forgive us when we lose patience with the littles or expect them to be big.

We are your servants, we are all teachers, and we are all called to love one another.

Give us strength for today.  Give us fun for today.  Give us the joy and pep in our step that we had as children.  Help us find the energy and enthusiasm that children possess.  Let us be little today.

Amen.

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Impromptu Snack Spread

When you remember that your son’s scout den is coming over in t-minus one hour you think…what are we going to have for snack?  The meeting is right over dinner time.  So, I not only need to prepare a quick dinner for us but also snacks for those who haven’t had a chance to eat yet.  Easy?!?

My friend in Georgia taught me long ago that you can have “must go” nights.  What the what?  “Must go.”  You clean out your fridge/pantry and make whatever you can out of whatever “must go.”  I love this!

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So…for our impromptu snack spread I heated up my tea kettle with hot water for hot chocolate.  Grabbed three bowls out of my kitchen island.  Added in half a pack of frozen mini marshmallows, packets of various hot chocolates from half finished boxes, cinnamon baking chips by Hershey’s that kind of taste like Altoids (so strong…so good), and two handfuls of Christmas clearance candy: Reese’s peanut butter cups because they are good.  It doesn’t matter what color foil they are wrapped in!  They will disappear.

Oh and wrapped in this chocolate festival I poured out goldfish crackers that were going “stale” per our seven year old.  They were nearly gone by the end of our meeting.  The hot chocolate was a hit.

One dad took me up on the Keurig coffee for one.  Most adults brought their own drinks.  Oh, and the impromptu dinner quick…that half happened.  I sliced the kind of old “fresh” pineapple, heated up Alexa frozen french fries, and asked my husband to quickly fire up the grill for pork ribs.  We raced to tidy the house and set the table.  We sat to eat when “knock knock” the guests arrived.  We put our dinner in the microwave and on the bar.  We shared a few french fries with those who were hungry for dinner like us, and the night was a booming success.

I mean that.  Booming.  A gathering of ten 10 year old boys, their siblings, and their parents is loud folks.  Especially when your house has tile floors, the noise magnifies.

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Our floors were not clean.  I hate to mop.  Christmas was not totally packed away.  But, do we really want to pack up Christmas?  Christ needs to be present every day and every night in our house.   What do we do when people need or want to come over?  We serve them.  That’s what Jesus did.  That’s what we’ll do.  That’s what feels good.

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I hope you have an impromptu snack spread or a “must go” dinner night soon at your place.  When we open our hands and give food we are actually giving a piece of ourselves and Christ away.  That is a gift.  That is love on the move.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.