(Originally posted in July 2019, on my other blog, dearanonymousfriend)
“And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” Nehemiah 8:10 (NLT)
On the occasion of our Little Man’s seventh birthday, hubby and I traveled to see him and spend time with him. It was glorious! I always come away with a lesson learned from him and this time was no exception.
Friday we spent a couple of hours with him in the pool. It was a fun time with lots of laughter and splashing and rough-housing. He showed us his jumps into the pool, his cannonball, his karate kick jump, and his vertical alligator jump. All named appropriately, and each delivered with grace and style. If they were to be judged by this Grammy, they would all be a 10.
We played cards, and Rock em, Sock em Robots. It was a tie at the cards, but only because the game was interrupted by dinner and then forgotten for a bit. I lost the battle of the robots, much to the glee of the seven year old.
The lesson I have learned this past weekend? To live life with joy. Embrace the fun that life holds. Jump into the pool of life instead of gently lowering yourself into the tide and flow. Most of all, hug, laugh and make funny noises when words fail you.
Don’t forget how wonderful fun is. Keep joy in your heart and let it flow out of you. Be excited with little events and times. All are precious gifts from our Lord.