In her small voice she asks for the things that bring her comfort. Blankie. Baby doll. Another baby doll. Possibly another blankie, but we’ll let that one go if we can have a pillow instead. This little girl of mine holds fast to the physical things that she knows, the familiar, the soft and worn and loved. Little fingers wrapped tight around the loves of her little life, blanket dragging behind.
Not necessarily beautiful. Not shiny or fancy. Soft cotton baby dolls with “shoes stuck on mama” and stained, worn out blankies that have soft fuzzy sides to pet. These are what comforts her, the things she snuggles when she can’t have one of us.
I watch as she picks up the baby doll and feeds her a play bottle of juice, hugs her up to her shoulder and then wraps her in the soft blanket. My little girl comforts. Only a toddler and she’s learned what makes her feel safe and she shares. She only knows the comforts of the physical world, but one day? One day I pray that her heart will be His, that He will be her comfort, and she’ll still want to share it with others.
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You Are Seen
Dear mama –
I need to tell you something today. I need to look into your eyes, pour into your heart over a cup of
coffee, ignoring the piles of laundry and dishes in the sink (we’re at my house, by the way). Kick off your
shoes and ignore the crayons scattered across the floor.
I need to tell you that you are doing a great job. You know that, right? That on the days when it seems
like nothing is possibly going right, that no one hears you or sees the work you do; you are doing an
amazing, brave, mighty work.