Sitting At Your Feet

August 4, 2018

My thoughts just drifted back to my childhood and to how much I loved sitting on the floor at Nana’s feet, feeling unconditional love and listening to her stories, memories, advice, and so much more.  Time was meaningless as I knew such love and acceptance and encouragement and lost all sense of time.

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How fitting to immediately find this before me! “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”  – Jeremiah 33:2-3

 

Can I have an

AMEN?

 

 

 

 


The Work of the Master’s Hand

November 12, 2016

Not a pretty picture! Raw diamonds do not look like much until they are broken, shaped, cleaned, polished . . . the work of the Master’s hand makes all the difference.

 


THE RHUBARB PIE PARABLE – ANOTHER TINY TEACHER

August 5, 2016

I, like most of you, have been thinking a lot about the sad and frightening news stories of late.  They seem to grow in number.  I love children and the ones I listen to give me hope for the future.  This is my second tiny teacher post in two days . . . perhaps a series is coming!

 

I recall this conversation, but not the source. . . still, it needs sharing!

CHILD:  Daddy, what’s sin?

(Daddy explains)

CHILD:  Then why would people choose to sin?

DADDY:  I guess some people crave sin like others crave rhubarb pie!

CHILD:  I don’t like rhubarb pie!

DADDY:  Me either!

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Daily Prompt: Bedtime Stories

March 23, 2013

The Challenge:  What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?

Oh, I am a bit late seeing this DP Challenge but I simply must answer it for there is a definite and immediate name, book, and direct influence on my life!

There is a book, which I still have, and loved from before I knew how to read.  I looked at it at bedtime and every other chance I got.  The pages are worn not from age but from the frequency they’ve been flipped through.  The book and author not only influenced the woman I am now but helped set a path for my life, my outlook on the world around me, and my writing to this very day.  His work also helped to form the means by which I express myself spiritually and through which the Lord uses me to share Himself with others i encounter on my path.

The book:  A Child’s Garden of Verses

The author:  Robert Louis Stevenson

I have been in love with poetry and with nature from the first time I heard his words about birdies, swings, the sea, and more.  Oh, the adventures, the glorious sunshine streaming through his words and more.  I saw a world I didn’t know and it had music, it was full of color, and it was one I hungered to see and interpret artistically myself.  What I didn’t know was that the author of these words which so touched me came from the pen of a man who was always quite physically ill . . . indeed from the time he was young.  Amazing. Stevenson was born in 1850 and Scottish – I as well have Scottish ancestry.  His writing and poetry have touched so many generations!  His death in 1894 has not changed this as new generations still discover the magic from his pen, just like I did.  I cannot imagine my own writing becoming the legacy that his did, but I cannot look at a bird, a swing, a cow, or an ocean wave without knowing they are beautiful, magical, and possess a power and unique purpose . . . just as every one of us do.  To learn more of this man and his legacy, click here.  Want to change a child’s life forever?  Teach them to love reading!  Buy them a book!  Read to them!

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How Children Meet God

July 24, 2012

I read this quote earlier and it was really one that touched me deeply:

 

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.

– Peggy O’ Mara –

 

Taking Peggy’s words here a step further than she appears to say, I firmly believe and know that not only do we affect the way the children in our lives view themselves in later life, but also the way in which they know God Himself depends largely upon the way in which we talk to them and make them feel.  When we grow impatient or reactionary . . . when we speak without considering our tone, our word choice, and the power of life and death contained in words, we can do lasting damage to another OR we can lead them toward the absolute knowledge that they are beloved sons and daughters of the King of Kings.  Which image are you projecting?  Is it the one you truly desire to?  PLEASE resolve to be a positive influence moving forward!  God bless you in your journey!


Diagnose ADHD – New Guidelines!

October 22, 2011

The new guidelines for ADHD now recommend that doctors evaluate children beginning at age four! Yes, that right. The American Academy of Pediatrics has just released its expanded guidelines.

Penny, grandmother of a seven year old with ADHD says, “I sure wish this recommendation had happened years ago so that we’d have been able to get treatment a lot sooner for my granddaughter.” Her granddaughter does very well in school now that her ADHD has been diagnosed, but prior to her diagnosis to say she struggled is an understatement. Her family knew something was wrong. Her teacher knew something was wrong. What a blessing the eventual diagnosis was since it meant proper treatment!

The “old rules” had doctors evaluate all children between age 6 and 12 for signs of ADHD, but this new change has expanded that to include all children from age 4 through 18. This change has come about for many reasons including:

  • Behavior problems can show up sooner
  • Over activity can show up sooner
  • Trouble paying attention can show up sooner
  • ADHD continues into adolescence
  • ADHS has been shown to persist into adulthood

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rates of diagnosis are higher among adolescents than younger kids. Their data reveals that from 6 – 9 percent of kids have ADHD. “I’m glad to see the guidelines now recognize ADHD can occur both in younger children and older adolescents as well,” said Aude Henin, from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program. “I think those are things that have been ignored in the past.” There are signs parents and teachers can look for in considering if a child or teen may have ADHD, including:

  • Dawdling
  • Short attention span
  • Difficulties following directions
  • Fidgeting
  • Impulsive
  • Excessive need for movement
  • Noisy

 

It’s important for parents and teachers to be actively involved in observing the child’s behavior as the symptoms may not show during a brief visit to the pediatrician. It is also important for parents to be educated as to how they can contribute to the treatment of the child with ADHD, especially in those children who are diagnosed at a very young age. Teachers of such children should also be aware and be prepared to react appropriately. Depending on the severity of the problem, very young children can sometimes be treated through behavior modification alone rather than medicine. In more severe cases medicine as well as behavior modification may be necessary. As with most medicines, parents will need to watch for side effects of the medicine prescribed.

ADHD can persist for a long time. It’s important for parents, teachers, and doctors to work closely together in treating this condition.


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