Life Lessons From a Preschooler - In Due Time Blog

Life Lessons from a Preschooler

Life Lessons From a Preschooler - In Due Time Blog

Even though I don’t share on my blog about my nieces and nephews, I am obsessed. If you follow me on instagram you might know that by now and actually, obsessed might be an understatement. I just love them so much and think they are just the cutest and best people alive. One of my brothers has 4 children, another has 3 children (one in heaven) and my sister-in-law, Colby’s sister, has 5 children, so we have a lot of little people to love.

The closest we live to any of our family is 3 hours so it makes it super hard. But, I was so excited because a week or two ago my niece was in town and we had the best time together, or at least I did. It was about time for me to leave (we were at my parents house who also live in the area) and just a little bit before heading out, I accidentally scratched her with my nail. I felt so bad when it happened as she started bleeding. As any little girl would, she of course needed a band-aid for her boo-boo. 

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It was clear that she was hurting as there were a few tears involved. Nothing dramatic, but like any little girl would be she was upset. In the moment, she wasn’t interested in giving me a hug or saying bye. Why? Because she was focused on her boo-boo and the pain that she was experiencing.

And then God spoke to me. “Caroline, how often are so focused on your boo-boo’s that you miss all the blessings around you?”

You see, by this point, I had already had a dance party with her, baked cookies with her, went swimming with her and went on a walk with her. I would do anything for her, because I love her so. But, she allowed her pain to blind side all the fun we had together. She was in too much pain to even care about the blessings of the day.

Hear me out, she reacted as any 4-year-old would. Which by the way, I thought a 4-year-old was a toddler until I googled it for this post. Apparently she is a “preschooler.” Who knew? Anyway, I have nothing but love for her, so this isn’t to point out something she did wrong, because she is 4 and she could never do anything wrong (although my brother and sister-in-law might say otherwise, ha). Instead I wanted to use the situation as an analogy because God used her boo-boo to teach me a lesson.

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Do you realize that God has blessed us with“every spiritual blessing”, just as it says in Ephesians 1:3? But how often do I, and do you, get so caught up in the pain that you forget all the other blessings?

I might be the only one who is convicted by what the Lord spoke to me all because of a boo-boo. But, I want to encourage you today. Perhaps you are going through infertility and you have been so focused on what you don’t yet have, that you have lost sight of your blessings. Perhaps you are waiting on a husband and have been so focused on the desire to get married that you have lost sight of your blessings. Perhaps you too, have a boo-boo, and are experiencing physical pain, which has caused you to lose sight of all of your blessings. Insert whatever situation it is here, because we all have things that cause us to lose sight of all the blessings that are in front of us. 

Jobs. Homes. Food. Friends. Community. We all take these things for granted. Whether it’s a day of swimming in the pool, going on walks or making cookies or a day spent in an office, doing laundry or teaching a class, do you realize that you are blessed? God has given you every spiritual blessing and although there might be in pain today, he doesn’t want you to lose sight of him or what he has blessed you with.

Don’t choose to turn away from God, because yes, it is a choice. You might have tears. You might have been hurt. You might be in pain. But if you take just a minute to look around, you will realize how truly blessed you are. So blessed, so loved, so sought after that God might even use a preschooler to teach you a life lesson about it.

Life Lessons from a Preschooler

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14 Comments
  • dubliner in deutschland
    Posted at 07:23h, 18 August Reply

    Yes there’s a lesson in there for us all! She’s so precious.

  • Amie P
    Posted at 08:37h, 18 August Reply

    Girl we can learn so so much from little kids! I have to remind myself to see things through their eyes instead of my closed ones.

  • Raye
    Posted at 09:04h, 18 August Reply

    This is sooooo good!

  • Carissa
    Posted at 09:16h, 18 August Reply

    Just loved this share today Caroline, the lessons come from those great and small!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:52h, 18 August Reply

    I always say that kids & animals are the biggest teachers of God love for us 😉
    I adore the pics you share on IG of your sweet family

  • Kathy Slockers
    Posted at 13:46h, 18 August Reply

    Sweetheart, you are such a great writer!!!! Love You

  • torthuil
    Posted at 18:08h, 18 August Reply

    Ha, good one. My physical symptoms and energy level always affect my mood, so it can be hard to maintain a happy attitude toward life if I’m not feeling well. Definitely something I’ve struggled with the past few months despite being really fortunate in the big picture of things.

    I will add: don’t forget to be grateful when there are no booboos! Because being able to go about daily life and enjoy simple pleasures without pain or inconvenience is amazing: it really does suck when the little things are a struggle.

  • Katie
    Posted at 23:03h, 18 August Reply

    Children are full of beautiful lessons!

  • Terri
    Posted at 23:28h, 18 August Reply

    the bible says a young child shall lead them, this can also mean they can teach us some big lessons

  • Lindsay Tankersley
    Posted at 08:15h, 19 August Reply

    Love how you made the connection between your niece’s pain and God’s blessings! I hope she forgave you! She is so cute, by the way! But yes, it is easy to lose sight of those blessings right in front of us. During this journey, I have been hurt a d defeated but God is not done with me yet. He still has more to pour into me and that is what helps me get through!

  • Alice Mills
    Posted at 10:32h, 19 August Reply

    We are like the seed that is choked by the weeds. The cares of our life can choke the life out of us.

  • Kristi
    Posted at 13:25h, 19 August Reply

    Such a powerful truth! Isn’t it amazing what lessons we can learn from others. Focusing on our troubles instead of God definitely obscures our vision.

  • Leigh
    Posted at 16:02h, 19 August Reply

    I’m guilty of letting my hurts distract me from God’s blessings. I think we have to be intentional about thankfulness and focusing on our blessings to counteract that tendency. And when we do, it helps put our hurts in perspective.

  • Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard
    Posted at 18:19h, 19 August Reply

    God often speaks to me through watching my daughter. It’s the clearest when the words coming out of my mouth convict me just like they did for you with your niece. And it’s a good lesson to learn to be content in all things. Even the trials are part of God’s plan.

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