Life’s Lessons…

“A Cheerful smile, a friendly word, a sympathetic nod, all priceless little treasures from the storehouse of our God.” Helen Steiner Rice

We all like to be smiled at…frowns make us feel sad and disappointed, while a smile can make a bad day seem better.  Smiles and kind words are what our goal needs to be when we deal with others, including our family members. 

My littlest one Aaron knows when I have a scowl on my face… and he too knows how to make a scowl.  I try not to laugh when he does it, but it is so terribly cute… although the attitude behind it must be dealt with.  When mother scowls Aaron looks sad and usually comes running into my arms for reassurance. He is so little and his heart so tender. Evan too knows when mother scowls it isn’t a good thing… his scowls aren’t so cute anymore.  We work on these things though. Our children cherish kind words, hugs & kisses, gentle caresses and tender looks… we as adults long for that as well.

God has both smiles and scowls for his children as well. He like a tender, loving parent knows when we need one or the other and never makes a mistake.  Unlike us human parents who are always making them, He does not. We can have faith and trust that the circumstances in our life are just what he is ‘allowing’. I have mentioned in times past God has a permissive will and a perfect will.  If we bug Him long enough about something, whether it be the best thing for us or not, He may just allow it to come to be to teach an important lesson on faith and timing.  On the other hand, if we trust and submit ourselves to His perfect will, always praying that way, we can be sure that all things will work together for good to those who love Him…

But we’re human aren’t we… prone to be like children… a bit demanding and whiny. It’s not pretty, but it’s true. I remember when our daughter Taylor was about six years old, we were making some chicken noodle soup and I was putting bouillon cubes into it.  She was always begging for stuff not always knowing or understanding what it was she was begging for… well, this day I thought she needs to learn to stop begging… so I gave her a hunk… too say the least she spat it out quickly!  Now some of you may be thinking that was mean, but it wasn’t… she begged for things like pepper and other things that would make her sick… I took her then and explained that is why she shouldn’t beg… she did learn the lesson. It’s funny now though, because she loves to cook and she is the biggest ‘taster’ I know… life’s lessons.

That’s the way it is with our Heavenly Father… sometimes we bug and bug and beg and beg… He’s gonna let us taste and learn, and sometimes it might not taste good…

Until next time,
Jean

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