My husband and I haven’t been blessed with children of our own. My health issues took care of that years before we were married. I have been blessed several times in my life with the children of my loved ones; my cousin’s daughters, my sister’s daughters, and my very close friend’s daughters all have a very special place in my heart. I was lucky enough to live in the same house with 4 of these girls for a minute in this lifetime and they changed my heart and life from the time they graced me with their presence until this very second. I just can’t express the love I have for them, and I honestly thought I’d never love another child like I love those girls.
I’ve been blessed with a job that has afforded me to expand my love and my heart to other children. Of course, in a school of nearly 170 students, I do have a few “favorites”. I know that certain ones recognize me sitting at the front desk and gravitate towards me, and I happily collect any and all hugs that come my way. They color me pictures, we get to interact together for a few brief minutes before they head to their classrooms, and I cherish these moments.
Today I greeted Josiah, an intelligent, handsome 3 year old and his mother (rightly, named Angel) as they walked in. He came straight to me and handed me a Christmas gift. I always greet them with a “Good Morning” and a “Have a good night” when they come and go, but Josiah isn’t one of the children who frequents my office on a regular basis. He’s such a cutie and his mother stops to speak with me from time to time after she’s delivered him to his destination. When he handed me the gift I exclaimed, “Josiah! Is this for Ms. Lisa?” and he smiled. His mother said, “No, it’s not for ‘Ms. Lisa’. He told his nana that she had to wrap this present so he could give it to his ‘Princess’. When I asked him who his ‘Princess’ was he said, ‘Mommy, you know who she is. My ‘Princess’ at the big desk.” As soon as the words were out of her mouth I scooped up Josiah and gave him the biggest hug! I had tears of joy streaming uncontrollably down my cheeks! This little child, the quiet little boy who always waves and speaks to me not only knows my name, but I’m his Princess! What an honor! His gift wasn’t only wrapped in that present, his real gift was giving me the blessing of his love.
We may not be blessed with natural born children, but we are blessed with each child that crosses our paths. I just wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge the gift that all children can be to adults that get caught up in the rush of life. God gave them to us to nurture and love. I’m so thankful today, not only for little Josiah, but for all of the children in my life, old and new. There just can’t be too much love, especially God’s love and blessings.
Thank you, Jesus, for the blessing of today. Thank you for all of the children that have come in and out of my life and the children that I look forward to throughout my years. Thank you for letting me be a positive influence on them and help me continue to be a beacon of light to any child that needs me. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!
When a child testifies in such a humorous way, you have to share… this is a true testament of how Jesus works miracles.
One of my favorite 3-year olds was extremely restless at nap time last week. After struggling with her for almost an hour, her teacher laid her hand on the child’s chest and firmly said, “Child! In the name of Jesus, GO TO SLEEP!” The 3-year old went right to sleep… it was a miracle, we all believed.
When she awoke she stood straight up, lifted her arms up to stretch and exclaimed, “In the name of Jesus, that was the BEST nap I’ve ever had!” We’ve all laughed about it ever since… but don’t you know she asks to be prayed to sleep every day at nap time now? Ah, the power of The Lord…
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