Monday, February 6, 2012

Lessons Learned from "Junior" (a foster child that will be a forever part of my heart)

  •  There is a time to talk, a time to be silent...but ALWAYS time to love and be loved.
  • Cartoons are cool!
  • The dirtier you get, the more fun you've had.
  • A genuine smile softens all.
  • Some are easily manipulated and a young child is capable of turning on and off the charm.
  • Be so active that a jacket and coat just weighs you down.
  • There is awe in EVERYTHING!
  • God is here.  God is there. And angels are real.
  • Ninjas really do have smooth moves.
  • Smiles are contagious!
  • Easily accept and give forgiveness.
  • Understanding the terminology of another is of utmost importance.
  • You should never make assumptions!
  • Empathy, sympathy, and comfort are gifts that even the youngest can give despite a tragic background.
  • A little love goes a long way.
  • Breathing is literally a gift!
  • Live expectantly and fearlessly!
  • Laughter in its purest form is incredibly healing and always good.
  • Accept counsel from others but only from but only from those who honor God's will above all.
  • Take God at His Word...Ask. Seek. Knock.
  • Love. Give. Serve. Trust. Let go!
  • God is big! God is wise! God is all-knowing and all-powerful. God is far more capable in caring for and loving than I could hope or imagine to be.
  • Colors are amazing but green is the best! After all, grass is green and it's everywhere :)
  • The unknown can be scary so stick with what and whom you know but allow yourself to recognize new goodness and move forward despite the fear.
  • Greet each day with enthusiasm and anticipation.
  • Enjoy food and never take it for granted.
  • Shoes are over-rated and shoestrings are simply a bother.
  • Being alone at times is needed.  Being with others is also needed.
  • Always help when you are able.  Most will respond with gratefulness. Those who don't have their own reasons.
  • Being outside is always a good thing!
  • Sometimes all one needs is to know that someone cares and wants what is best for you.
  • Why sit still when there is so much to do?  Why walk when you can run? Why just talk when laughter and songs are right there?
  • Life is to be lived, regardless of the hardships.
  • Find what you like and stick with it but don't give up on finding new things to like.
  • Friends are important.
  • Challenging others behavior is okay to ensure understanding.
  • Loving without abandon can never be wrong.
  • Tough and tender are both admirable qualities.
  • Each new day is a gift.  Each moment is to be treasured.
  • Learn what is TRUE then trust it.
  • Talk is over-rated.  Communication is more than mere words.  
  • Thunder is just God clapping His hands to remind you He is here.
  • Rain sprinkles, aka "sparkles" feel like kisses from heaven.
  • Trains are the best way to travel.

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