Monday, May 31, 2021

Inspire Cartwheels in Their Hearts

Two years ago, my then seven-year-old grandson learned to do cartwheels - he has such joy when he is "cartwheeling" across the yard! Joy, absolute joy! 

So, when I read this quote from Mr. Rogers about inspiring cartwheels in my grandsons' hearts, I am definitely able to picture what this looks like!

I want to inspire joyful cartwheels in my grandsons' hearts and believe I am able to do so by praying for and with them, encouraging them, laughing with them, playing with them - by loving them with my all. 

Each day on Children's Day we have dinner at my house; each year my grandsons sit and listen as their parents and grandparents take turns sharing what we love so much about each of them. Their eyes twinkle, they have the biggest smiles on their faces as they listen to the four adults who most influence them tell why they love them. They have, "cartwheels in their hearts". We are absolutely doing this again this year on Children's Day (the second Sunday in June, and yes, it is a real holiday - not invented by me.)

As the Summer begins and you spend time with your grandchildren in the coming months, or connect on-line if they live far, be sure to take advantage of opportunities to inspire those "cartwheels" in their hearts in the times which just come along as well as times you plan. This is part of what it looks like to hand down confident faith and it matters!

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