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Who are Shirley and Marcy

Children are precious in the eyes of the Lord and they are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3).  They bring joy in our lives and smiles to our faces.  I’m going to share a story that will make you smile, but first let’s remember that we all have a responsibility to build into the children in our lives.  Whether it’s our own children, or those of relatives, friends, neighbors, or acquaintances, we want to be a light in their lives.  And, we must be a light for Jesus and share His truth, love, mercy and grace. 

This week we shared an activity for young children that offers instruction in righteousness and enough “fun” to hold a child’s attention.  It’s short, simple and sweet, and it’s a great activity to do with any young child.  Take a look at “The Colors of Sin, Sorry and Saved.”  It’ll not only encourage you to share the gospel with young children, it will also remind you of the simplicity of the gospel message.

The Trust of a Child

Let’s now take a minute to reflect on the innocence of childhood found in a short account of one little boy.  This comes from an Internet forward and it’s guaranteed to make you smile!  

Let’s always remember to pray for God’s mercy and grace for the little ones in our lives and in all the world.  They need his protection and they need His revelation. And as we pray for children, let’s also ask God to give us the trusting faith of a child in regards to His truths and His purpose and plan in our lives.

Sometimes an Internet Forward Just Has to be Shared

This is one that is worth sharing!  We all need to smile more.  I can’t send it to your inbox, so I’m sharing it with you here.  I hope you will share it with others and make them smile too. (Use the Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest buttons to share this.)

Who are Shirley and Marcy?

A mother was concerned when her kindergarten son, Timmy, wanted to walk to school by himself.  The school was only a couple blocks away and she liked that he felt confident enough to walk there by himself.  However, she knew that in today’s world this would not be safe. So she devised a plan that could make her son happy and yet would not cause her to worry.

She knew that her neighbor across the street always takes her toddler on a walk in the mornings. So that Saturday, when she saw her neighbor in the yard, she asked if she would be willing to follow her son to school the next week. Would she walk behind him at a distance, she asked, and yet keep an eye on him until he safely reached the school. The neighbor agreed. So on Monday morning, she and her little girl set out on their walk when they saw Timmy leave his house.  

Timmy quickly met-up with his classmate Amy, who lived two doors down. The neighbor and her little girl followed them from a short distance behind, hoping not to be noticed.  They did this every day of the week. 

Five Days Later

On Friday morning, as the two children walked and chatted, Amy asked Timmy, “have you noticed that lady and her little girl following us all week?  Do you know them?” 

Timmy replied, “I don’t know them, but I’m pretty sure I know their names.”

“Well, who are they?” Amy asked.

“The lady’s name is Shirley Goodnest and her daughter’s name is Marcy.  But I don’t really know them,” said Timmy.

“If you don’t know them, then how do you know their names?” Amy asked.

“Well,” Timmy explained, “every night my mother and I say the 23rd Psalm together.  She says it’s about God’s Son who protect us.”

“But how do you know their names?” Amy asked impatiently.

“They’re in the psalm,” Timmy replied.

“The psalm says that ‘Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life,’ so I guess they are God’s Son’s helpers and I’ll just have to get used to them following me.”

I know you smiled!

Now, make someone else smile.  Pass this on to someone who needs a smile today.  That would be everyone!  

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