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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: Lessons from the Children
By Verna Cole Mitchell
04/27/07


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Grandmothers know how God loves kids
Because we love them, too.
They are the treasures of our hearts,
No matter what they do.

Mine are the brightest of them all—
Of course, I would think so.
They’ve taught me lessons about God
That He wants me to know.

Like Stephie, who, when she was three,
Spilled juice on my clean floor.
She knew I’d not be mad at her;
I only loved her more.

And thus does God forgive my sin,
Whatever it might be.
His love is greater still by far;
His grace is full and free.

Sweet Allie sent a note to God,
Tied to her red balloon.
Her message was that she loves Him;
She hoped He’d get it soon.

God wants me to communicate
As I seek Him in prayer,
To offer Him my praise and love
And share with Him each care.

As Drew shopped with me for a cake,
He chose one from the rest
And said, “I’d get that one for God
‘Cause it’s the very best.”

Now when I give my gifts to God,
I carefully must choose
The best of all things that I have
For Him to freely use.

Young Nolan waited on the porch
While we were hours away.
His mom had told him we’d be there
Much later in the day.

So do I wait with longing heart
And watch for Christ’s return?
Do I work for Him all the while
And for His presence yearn?

These little ones showed me the way
God’s kingdom is to be:
Life filled with hope and faithfulness,
With His love guiding me.


SCRIPTURE
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 NIV


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Cheri Hardaway 05/03/07
Very creative! You wrote a clever little poem with a great big message! So often the greatest lessons in life can be learned from the humblest of teachers, the little children. Very nice! Good job! Cheri
Delia Latham05/04/07
From the mouths of babes ... Well done! Good meter, great message.
Dolores Stohler05/05/07
This is so lovely. Being a Grandma, too, I thoroughly enjoyed the poem. And very well written.
Jan Ackerson 05/09/07
This is precious, and makes me long for grandchildren of my own!
Jacquelyn Horne05/09/07
Wonderful poem. So true. Being a grandmother, I can relate to this. Good work.
Loren T. Lowery05/09/07
In your beautiful poem you wrote "Now when I give my gifts to God, I carefully must choose The best of all things that I have For Him to freely use"
You have done that with this piece, thank-you for sharing this message.
Donna Emery05/09/07
Very, very sweet and easy to relate to. Excellent message. Thanks for sharing this!
Sara Harricharan 05/09/07
I love this! It makes me want to go and hug my Nanny (grandmother). I love the little story examples and especially the rhyming meter. Very nicely done here!
Rita Garcia05/09/07
Wonderful inpiration!
"Mine are the brightest of them all—" Might have to take issue with you on this! Hee Hee!