Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
Have you ever watched a child when they are involved in something they love or something new? There’s an excitement that flows throughout their bodies. They immerse themselves and are so full of joy. An example is my little 5 yr. old granddaughter. Whenever we do things together she just beams. We made scones this morning, and she did a great job. It really lifted her spirits, too. Sharing love as we work together is a good recipe for joy and experiencing childlike wonder.
As adults, with all our responsibilities, I think sometimes we lose our sense of wonder. We get so busy and overwhelmed and then fatigue sets in. Maybe we even start to think of the work as drudgery and look forward to the time we’ll be done so we can crash. But what if we changed our perspectives and looked for ways to show gratitude? Sure, the work may get really hard, but our attitudes make a big difference in how we approach it.
REGAINING CHILDLIKE WONDER
Giving thanks to God as we begin each new day is a good place to start. At the same time we can ask for strength for the day and the courage we need to face the trials. What if we became more like children and were able to immerse ourselves totally into what we are doing? I don’t mean acting childish but regaining that childlike wonder and excitement at even simple things.
My granddaughter shows so much joy and hope as she runs outside or waters the garden. Everything is like a new-found joy, and she’s not afraid to show it. I have regained some of that childlike wonder by spending time with her. She makes me remember parts of my childhood and helps me find the joy and hope right here in our everyday lives. It brings such freedom!
USING PHOTOGRAPHY AND POETRY TO SPARK WONDER
Last night, I realized I had not written about hope for a while. It is my #oneword for the year, and I am determined to find ways to focus on it. When I do, it always lifts my spirits and reminds me of the sure hope we have in Christ. So, I decided to check the online magnetic poetry kits and see if any had the word “hope” or any of its synonyms. I was not disappointed.
After playing around with the words and arranging them in various ways, I came up with a poem I liked. Then, I added it to a photo. I think it captures well the desire to show love, have hope and always keep a sense of childlike wonder. May it encourage you to look for the good, dare to dream and enjoy good times with loved ones. May you always have faith, hope and love.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,
who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace,
encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.
(2 Thessalonians 2:16)