Paper Flowers

My daughter was recently in a local play.  She was a junior orphan in the Broadway production Annie.  Flowers and cards were pouring in from those who love her most.

What was truly amazing was a little girl’s gift in her elementary school. My little actress brought home from school today a note and flowers–all homemade with  details and love crafted into every line and cut.  I just imagined her seeing my youngest in the play and then, on purpose, taking the time to bless her with a note and gift of love.  The construction paper flowers smelled with perfume!  My daughter ran into the door after school announcing this amazing gift and encouraging me to smell! “Smell!  Mom!”  We were both brought to tears of joy.


Little girls knowing the love of Jesus and, at an early age, desiring to love like He loves–extravagantly and without inhibition, can change our world.  Can you imagine adults sitting down to create a handmade card for someone to encourage them?  Jesus loved children so much when He walked this earth because children just…… “got it”.

Her act of love encouraged me.  What if?  What if, instead of mean girls, we clamored to encourage each other and build each other up?  What if we stopped competing with each other and instead encouraged each other’s gifts?  What if you looked outside of yourself to take a moment and encourage others?

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.  I Thess. 5:11
Like, sweet Michelle, we can grow in our ability to encourage.  A single word, a small note, a gift from your hands, could make the difference in someone’s day.  A small act could radically change your community and the world!
Gifts from Michelle!



2 Comments Add yours

  1. charbelangia says:

    Beautiful! John Fair reminded us in our service a couple of weeks ago – we have become a people that use people and love things – wouldn’t our world be a better place if we all loved people and used things instead???


    1. AMEN Char! I agree! And, you are a great example of this “better place”. Happy Thanksgiving my sweet friend!


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