Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
I was born in 1955. Little did my mom and dad know that someday I would grow up to influence lives. I would also makes mistakes in life and do things wrong. I was a child who stayed in my room most of the time, because my mom was afraid I would get hurt outside. My dad would work days and my mom would work nights. There would be great times and very hard times of life. I might have stayed in my room a lot but I heard through the door. I heard about things like not having money to buy certain things. I heard them argue and didn't understand why. Suddenly both of them would loose their jobs and we would need help. My mom would drive to a different town to buy groceries because she had to use food stamps. I remember standing in line with her and she didn't have enough money. She had to put somethings back and I saw the look on her face. I somehow knew that was hard for her and I felt sad. Life would move on and things would be better. My dad would go to work again and a pay check meant we could go out to eat a burger. It was a fun memory for me.
I was just a kid and I have only a few pictures of my family. I found this picture and wanted to share it today with you. Family means a lot to me and mine was my mom, dad and brother. My brother (Ronnie) who was five years old than me. I always wanted a sister but that didn't happen. So I learned to talk to stuff animals and tell them that someday, I would teach people to be kind. Just a kid and knew the importance of kindness.
Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version (NIV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law
There is so much in life to be thankful for today. Looking around us to see what we do have and count some blessings is valuable. My childhood taught me a lot and I took on things as a kid that never should have taken on. Parents need to guard kids from financial issues as much as possible. Kids don't need to worry about where the next dollar. I went to bed scared that we would have food the next day. What if my dad doesn't get pay check? I would lay there and worry night after night. I didn't know to pray at this point of my life.
I felt to share that your example is far greater than you might know. God is watching you and others is watching you too. Little Sparkie in the picture had no idea what life can bring. Suddenly things happen and we wait on other things in life. One day brings greater things and sorrows at time. Let us fear not and know that God has our backs! Nothing is too great and leaning on him makes a huge difference.
Proverbs 3:5-6 King James Version (KJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
There it is, trust in the lord with ALL your heart! It's not just kids that worry, but adults too. We need to pray for wisdom in what to say in front of kids and what not to say. I do my best to guard my grandchildren from things of life and also kids I work with in church and school. They need to enjoy being kids while they are little. I find that time moves fast and before you know it, kids are now kid/adults. I value every moment I get to help others.
I look back on this picture above and I have no doubt that my parents loved me so much. My mom always wanted a little girl and here I am. My little is still little inside my brain at times, but I know I am a woman of God who does her best daily to live a good example. I know that GOD IS ABLE to handle whatever we face today and his grace plus mercy follows each of us. Purpose this a good day!
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.