Daily Delight

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Whoever then humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 18:4 (NET). As I reflect on this verse, I can’t help but think of my daughter, Norah. Watching the wonder and amazement in her eyes when she discovers something new is a treasure to me. Observing my daughter’s innocence and pure joy in the smallest details of our day has been stirring in my own heart the importance of slowing down and seeing through the eyes of a child.

Norah celebrated her second birthday just a few weeks ago with our family and close friends. She felt so celebrated that day, and though she received many gifts that we play with daily, and though she had a blast with the bounce house and traipsing around outside with her favorite buddies, the things she constantly talks about, even weeks later, are the people who surrounded her and the sweet imprint they left on her heart. The smallest things. People she sees regularly. The special song they gathered around her to sing. The way she felt so loved! It is such a pure and incredible vision and focus that I can easily take for granted!

Driving in our car on a busy day of errands, I hear Norah talking to herself about the pretty trees, and the birds flying high in the sky. Her eyes light up with joy when she sees the cows and horses on our family’s farm. Each animal is a new discovery and fills her with excitement. For a long while I marveled at how precious it was to hear her talk about the small things that I wouldn’t usually think twice on, until I began to see things through my daughter’s eyes—though I chuckle, I think to myself, “You know? These things are pretty incredible!” Oh, that we could see with the eyes of a child! We wouldn’t set our standards of what brings us joy to a bar so high; we could find joy in even the smallest parts of our day. Noticing the pretty trees that blow in the breeze, the birds that chirp and sing to us in the mornings. Knowing the gift and blessing it is every time we see or talk to a loved one. Taking time to notice and appreciate these things have started to teach me to find joy in even the most mundane of days; to see through eyes of a child!

{photo: @thisverygarden}

About the Author

Tera Pianalto
≫ ≫Tera is a wife and stay at home mom to a sweet little girl. She lives in Northwest Arkansas and loves all things southern! Her favorite things are being with the people she loves, warm, sunny days, being outside, coffee, and puppies. Tera's goal is to make her ministry in her everyday life by serving her daughter and husband, and encouraging and loving on those around her.


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