8 Things I’ve Learned from a 4 year old

My husband and I have prayed for our children for five years. And, now God has answered our prayers.

He always does.

She came to us a few weeks ago, and I have learned probably more from her than she has learned from me.

Here are eight things that I’ve learned so far from our little princess. Enjoy 🙂

#1 Live for the moment

We hear this often, but do we ever do it? When she came to us, she had lived in many different homes over her short life. Yet, she doesn’t mention a one. It made me wonder, “Will our home be any different?” “Yes”, God said. “Because it will be the last one.”

 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ~Matthew 6:34

#2 The little things do matter

The final hair bow. The pink socks that exactly match her little dress. These are the important things to her. Not because they are fashionable, but because they are the finishing touches.

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. ~ Luke 16:10

#3 It’s okay to be grumpy in the morning

It really is. We all feel that way, especially when we have to wake up way before our body really wants us to. It is okay to feel this way. It’s even okay to grunt a little. 😉 Just don’t yell at your loved ones or your cat. That’s all I ask.

 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” ~ Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV) Emphasis added.

#4 Sometimes you have to color outside the lines

Okay, I admit it. This kills me. She refuses to color inside the lines. I discovered this character flaw in me with the help of our daughter. (Don’t tell her. She may hold it against me when she is older.) I always thought myself a carefree, think outside the box, be different kind of person.

I’m evidently not.

And, not coloring inside the lines kills me. I’VE CONFORMED!!!!!!

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

I shall now color my hair bright purple and get dreadlocks to break this horrible stifling.

Be bold. Be yourself. Be creative. Think outside the box. Be the person God created you to be — purple dreadlocks and all.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light… ~ 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)

#5 Pink cowboy boots go with everything

They do. They really do. I have no scriptural reference to back this up so you’ll just have to trust me.

#6 Kitties and puppies solve all the world’s problems

There a few sounds more joy-filled than our daughter yelling “KITTY!” and running to the closest feline. She seems so happy to see his little furry face and touch his coarse whiskers. Whether kitty reciprocates is another question entirely.

I don’t have a scriptural reference for this one either, but since God created them, they are good. Right?

Wait! Here’s one!

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. ~ Genesis 1:31

#7 Nothing beats a bubble bath at the end of a long day.

All I have to say is “bubble” and the squeal of laughter can be heard throughout the house. She takes the time to play in the bubbles, to pour warm soapy water over her head and giggle as the water runs down her face. It’s time for us to giggle.

Take time for it. You are worth it.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.~ Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

#8 When in doubt, go to the park.

My husband has a photo montage of our little girl at the park. She is running as fast as she can from the swings to the slide to the merry-go-round. She is so excited she can’t decide what to get on first. LOL It is so cute (yes, I am biased.) But, her immense happiness at just being there in the moment makes everything all right.

I guess these eight simple lessons all come down to one thing: Just living in the moment. Let’s do it. Let’s try it. Let’s just think about the now and not about tomorrow, or next week or even next year. Who knows if we will even be here. Our time may be up, or Jesus may show up. Either way, we have nothing to worry about. God says so.

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. ~ James 4:13-16 (NIV)

Looking for pink cowboy boots online while I color outside the lines,

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

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5 responses to this post.

  1. God Bless your family!!!!
    Happy New Years.
    laurie

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  2. Posted by Redmami77 on February 27, 2013 at 7:36 am

    🙂 love how kiddos are always the teacher 🙂
    Lol……hey coloring inside the lines might be how you were created! No need to dread out your hair! Lol bel

    Reply

  3. […] that I really needed to. I downsized my life greatly when our beautiful little girl came to live with us. I cut out all my committees, my meetings, my extras that took up my time […]

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