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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Be A Child



She wakes up every morning

like it is Christmas morning

with

a smile on her face that greets you

so that you have no choice but to smile.

She eats her breakfast with such gusto

like it is her first meal

and asks for more.

She plays with her stuffed turtle

like it is alive and real

because

she is alive and real.

She doesn't just go through the motions

just trying to get through the day

hoping the next day will be better

because

every day is a great day

from the moment she wakes up.

She may only be 17 months old,

but she teaches me so much about

JESUS

as I see her overflowing with

such

LOVE

such

JOY

such

PEACE

because

that is all she knows

because

she lives in the moment

because

her little brain

isn't thinking about the future

or

regretting the past

as

she is so every present

in every moment

that even if she is told

"no"

she receives it

and shakes it off

and moves on

to the next thing

as she grabs her stuffed turtle

and greets him with a kiss and a hug

and then looks at you

with such a huge smile

and asks you to come to play with her

and nothing matters in that moment

because

you are living in the moment

just being where you are

filled with such

LOVE

&

JOY

&

PEACE

that is always yours

no matter where you are

no matter what you are doing

even if you are the only one in the room

because

this little girl, my granddaughter,

has

brought me back to the

heart of my faith

to the heart of

JESUS

who overfills me with

such

LOVE

&

such

JOY

&

such

PEACE

that every moment

is the greatest moment

when

I remember

that

JESUS

always greets me with a big smile

when I wake up in the morning

so that I can

respond back to

HIM

with faith like a child

with a great big smile

no matter where I am

no matter what I am doing

because

JESUS

is so very real

as

HE IS

all we need in every moment

because HE is

LOVE

&

JOY

&

PEACE

"Peace I leave with you; MY [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let MY perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge] (John 14:27)

Thank you

IVY LOU

for

being so

LOVING

&

JOYFUL

&

PEACEFUL

in every moment

as you remind me

who I can be

in every moment

when I am living in every moment

when I make it about

"ONLY JESUS" (listen to the song below)

















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