She looks so much like her daddy. Her deep brown eyes speak words and emotions like a pen on paper. Hauntingly deep and profound, yet silly and sweet.
She is the only one of our thirteen children to have been given two middle names. Charis and Blessing. Charis for Eucharisto (thanksgiving and grace). Blessing for one million praises to God.
We have learned to really listen to her. Even at five, she carries the world on her heart and empathy and compassion are her banner.
So, for the beginning of a new week, when we might be grappling for space to breathe in new mercies or places to pass out much grace, her words spur me to make this Monday more deliberate.
Head down, eyes peeking out under her Saturday morning messy hair, “Please don’t laugh at me.”
“What do you mean?”
“I want to tell you something and I don’t want you to laugh.”
She waits for me to assure her that her words and emotions are safe to share. Always, my girl. Always.
“The new blue notebook you bought me? It’s magical.”
“Yes. Whenever I color something pretty in it that I have been thinking about, I end up dreaming about it at night.”
“If I draw something pretty or special, I dream it.”
She calls her new blue notebook, her “Dream Book.” Does she even know the key to the magical, every day life is to put off the former things and to renew our minds? Our sweet dreamer girl entrusted the key to her heart and in turn she has unlocked a very purpose-filled thought for all of us that may be scrambling about, trying to shake off the former things and to find sweet peace.
The deep emotion of belief in her trusting brown eyes moved me to hug her sweet cheeks and to tell her the very truth I needed reminding of.
Put off the former things and put on the new.
Children can speak through the open windows to our soul because they are like a fresh wind that has not been polluted with stress, worry, anxiety or burdens for a new week.
As simple as coloring her world with beauty and joy. Thinking on these things.
Are we trying harder or believing better?
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. ~ Philippians 4:8
For every soul seeking to find a simple, good start to a new week, this is our plea-filled prayer. To be world-changers that begin with the plucking and pulling of the strong roots that may hold us back, the heavy burdens that weigh us down and to be soul-fillers. Emptied out at the altar and fueled-filled up with the renewing of our minds.
For every moment in this day of thinking, pleasing, praying and working, may our thoughts be defined and adorned with Christ alone.
“…put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” ~ Ephesians 4:22
Where changing the world begins with our own renewal. One day at a time.
Love. Above all else.
Tonight, we color a new page in the blue dream book. A heart as full as the page will allow to its borders and a space of white left open for the new daily putting on of…..?
Bind my wandering heart to thee.