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Love Lessons From A 10 Year Old

Despite my efforts to come up with “cute” Valentine card ideas, my 10 1/2 year old son Daniel wanted to do something entirely on his own. That was completely fine by me as his siblings used up my other Valentine ideas for their class cards. Yesterday afternoon Dan asked if I had any stamps he could use, grabbed a red ink pad, some cardstock, and hid himself away at my sewing desk for awhile. After an hour or two he came out with a stack of homemade Valentine’s for his 4th grade class and teacher.

“Can I look at them?” I asked.

“Sure, Mom, go ahead.”

Well, my friends, I was utterly blown away by what we wrote in his cards. Each one was completely different and he had a unique message for each classmate. Now, before I go on, let me give you a background on my Daniel. (You can actually check out a post I did on his 10th birthday here for the crazy, miraculous story of his birth.) I know I’m more than a little biased because he’s my child, but he really is not your typical 10 year old boy. Dan reads on a post-high school level. He’s been tested 3 times this school year and has been consistently that high, so I know it’s not a fluke. He is one of the kindest hearted kids you could hope to meet. I’m hoping this doesn’t change as the teen years approach! Daniel is fascinated with all things Bible, loves the Lord like crazy, and isn’t afraid to share his faith, even in our public school. He happened upon my old copy of Jesus Freaks, which shares stories of Christians who have been martyred around the world from the time of Christ. Since he read it, he has been researching the persecution of Christians worldwide and actually subscribes to The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. I’m not sure how many 10 year old subscribers they have, but I’m guessing not many. Dan makes up little evangelical “pamphlets” or slips of paper with verses and hangs them up or hands them out at school.

Okay, that should give you enough of an idea of what kind of kid we’re talking about.

Back to his Valentine cards. I was blown away, but I guess I shouldn’t have been after knowing my son. I just thought I’d share some of the things he wrote. I didn’t take a picture of any, because frankly, his handwriting is pretty atrocious! However, the messages were very worthy of sharing. Here’s a sampling of some of them:

-Love your neighbor like yourself.

-Love=Kindness. Be a lighthouse of love.

-Jesus loves you!

-Be strong in the Lord. And remember God loves you.

-Jesus loves you no matter what you did.

-Remain faithful in Christ.

-God is your lighthouse so make him number one.

-Depend on Jesus.

-Make God first.

-God has plans for you!

-Remain strong in God!

-God can do anything. But he chose to save you.

-God loves you 100%.

-God’s not finished with you yet.

Hopefully, on the eve of Valentine’s Day, this gives you encouragement and reminds you of God’s unending love. It certainly did for me.

1 thought on “Love Lessons From A 10 Year Old”

  1. I just went and read of Daniel’s birth. Some similarities and some great differences between your and my pregnancies. I had no nausea 1st time, I was hospitalized 5 times in 7 months for hemorrhaging or asthma, the 5th being pre-eclampsia. My OB’s staff insisted when I called with swelling and high bp that I was just a nervous first-time mom. Went for my 7 mo. visit, bp was 220/110. Hospital bed rest, couldn’t even sit up, special drug IV used only in delivery and ICU. After 24 hrs. no change at all, emergency c-section with me knocked out for fear of stroke. Hubs was there, saw our 2 lb. 10 oz. Rachel, I didn’t for 2 days. Just a polaroid the neonatologist got me. She extubated at 5 hrs. Apnea monitor, fine with a little asthma med I’d been on. Prednisone to help me breathe prematurely developed her lungs. I didn’t know Christ then but was calm; I credited it on knowing the neonatal team (I worked in adult ICU as secretary). 2nd pregnancy I was nauseated 24/7 but never vomitted. Eric was born vaginally after my water broke and I’d been on pitocin 27 hrs. Exhausting. Isn’t God amazing?

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