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Day #18 – I’m thankful for little children

They are innocent. Reslient. And in many cases, brave. Children are full of imagination, wonder and appreciation for some of life’s littlest things.

A few years back, I attended a poetry seminar in Columbia, Missouri where my fellow writers and I were asked a question by one of the coordinators which struck a chord in my heart: “What happened to your confidence since you were two and three years old?”

A sudden silence fell upon the room, and we were all waiting for her to answer the question. She then asked another question: “What happened to you from the time you were a toddler until now which make you lack self-confidence?” I was amazed at her wisdom.

Her questions and following remarks made me begin to wonder what had happened to my self-confidence since I was a little child until that point, and even until now! I was fifteen years old when I attended that writer’s seminar, and now, I’m 28 years old! Since then, I have used the woman’s line of questioning and following remarks as a sort of guide in my own life to serve as a constant reminder that fearful and self-conscious people tend to be unhappy, lack motivation and feel unaccomplished in their lives.

This is why I’m thankful for children. That workshop serves as a constant reminder for me to always embrace the freedom of childhood as it relates to having a merry and worry-free heart.

So, I take this time to say, “Thank you God, for little children.” They remind me of the life that you want me to live: free, worry-free, and happy.

[Dear Readers: I realize that there are also hurting children in every part of the world. If you know of a hurting child, or children, then please do what you can to make a positive and healthy impact in their lives. Children are a precious gift from God, and should regarded as such.]

What good things come to your heart when you think of children?

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Day #9 – I’m thankful for peace

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).”

Jesus said these words before he ascended into heaven. So, then, what is peace?

People often think of quiet, calm and tranquility and happy times amongst people and even a joyous soul. While this can be descriptive of peace in one regard, the peace that I am talking about refers to the peace one has in the soul when tough times happen and life seems gloom. During these times, peace keeps a person settled and unwavering. It even helps them to stay comforted during and uncomfortable times.

This is the kind of peace which helps me to keep going despite what difficulties I might face. It keeps me focused. It helps me to not worry and it helps me to remember that God is with me— no matter what!

I want to take this time to reflect on the peace which God is blooming in my life:

God, I thank you for peace!

“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed …” (Psalm 85:10)

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“Do not be anxious about anything. But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”— Philippians 4:6