As I walked through our snow-powdered woods the other day, I began to muse about a few of my favorites and create a mental list in my head. I’d baked cookies and was thinking of books. Children’s books, in particular. I had to chuckle as I noticed a connecting thread running through it all. Here’s my list if you’re so inclined to read. Share yours too, if you’d like!
1. I adore Fancy Nancy. Her words. Her flair. Her vivaciousness. Which is a fancy way of saying cheerful.
2. I’ve been told on more than one occasion I am a Good Cookie Picker. This is a title and talent I embrace wholeheartedly and one skill I might even brag about just a bit. I question my ability as a wife frequently, mothering was much harder than it first appeared and proved to point out my lack of patience and large share of selfishness, I string words into sentences and question if they make any sense, my housekeeping skills are generally in disarray, and my to-do list never reaches Ta-Da Done. However, when it comes to knowing a good cookie, I will confidently affirm that I DO possess the ability to choose delicious cookies.
3. Baby Shark makes me undeniably happy and up for a happy dance.
4. Boz the Green Bear and Drew and Gracie and Violet and Buster will forever be favorites.
5. Give me Punchinello and Hermie and Wormie when I need the simple reminder once again about how much God loves me.
6. I was ecstatically delighted to win a set of S.D. Smith’s children’s books last month.
7. One of my very favorite books of all time is a vintage children’s picture book, Katie Comes Next.
In summary, I suppose this could indicate I operate best on an eight-year-old’s level.
But the wisest, kindest, most compassionate Teacher ever once spoke these words:
Matthew 18:2-3 “Jesus invited a little child to stand among them. “Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Mark 10:14-16 “When Jesus saw this, He was indignant and told them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” He took the children in His arms, placed His hands on them, and blessed them.”
Perhaps then, I only need keep learning better and better to hold out my hands and receive His attentive love.
Who are the children in your life this Christmas season? There’s nothing quite like seeing the wonder and delight through their eyes!