I’m Like a Toddler

In conversations with a really good friend, I’ve recently discovered that I’m like a toddler in so many ways.

I don’t like going to bed. Even when I’m tired.

I don’t like taking naps. Even when I’m tired.

I can watch the same movies over and over again.

I LOVE and I mean LOVE candy.

I don’t like sharing my candy. I even hide it from my kids. If I share candy with you – you know you are special to me. Especially my Starburst minis.

Sugar tends to make me hyper.

I still enjoy kids movies.

Sometimes, I’m even cranky and whiney.

I have a lot of experience with toddlers and I’m finding and seeing more every day how I truly am like a toddler. You see, while my kiddos are both beyond their toddler years, I still have nieces who are 3 and almost 2. I spend quite a bit of time with them and it rather amuses me to see the ways I am like them! I mean, I’m in my mid 30’s people – I shouldn’t behave like a toddler. But… sometimes I do. Sometimes it’s embarrassing, sometimes it’s just plain funny!

One toddlerism I’ve seen that I sometimes have, but not always – and I want it (see! Toddler! Wanting what I don’t have!!), is my little 3 year old niece’s toddler-like faith. She KNOWS – KNOWS that Jesus loves her! She so firmly wants others to know Jesus loves them. She recently saw a man she didn’t know and she said “Awww… Auntie, him’s sad. Him’s needs to have Jesus in him’s heart. Jesus want’s to be in him’s heart, but he won’t let Jesus be there. Him’s so sad.” She was truly and deeply sad for this man! It almost made me cry!

Where does a child of 3 get that kind of compassion and faith?! How do I hold on to that kind of compassion and faith?! I’ve been asking this of the Lord in my prayer time lately and I’m finding that all I have to do is ask and He gives. That faith isn’t only for little children, it’s for ALL of His children. Sometimes I forget these things in my “trying to be a grown up” moments. (I’ll have to share another post about just how grown-up I am!!! Eating chips & salsa for dinner, displaying MY Lego minifigures and not letting my kids touch them… such a grown up!)

So these days, I don’t care if I am like a toddler in all those other ways as long as I can cling to that compassion and faith. As long as I can be joy filled, fun and KNOW completely that Jesus loves me just as I am!

About Alicia

Alicia is a Jesus loving, homeschooling, mini-van driving, food loving, gluten-free-cuz-I-have-to-be, fun loving, choir mamaing, bike riding, So Cal born and raised solo mama to 2 amazing kiddos with 3 cats, a ginormous dog and the 2 cutest nieces ever! She had a deep passion for cooking and baking that left with her Celiac disease diagnosis in 2013, but has now returned as she experiments with and tests recipes to make them delicious and enjoyable even without the gluten! You can find all sorts of random thoughts, ideas and whatever else pops into her completely random mind right here at Big Black Trash Bag!
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