1. Always strive to be more like Jesus. Children are closer to God than anyone else on this earth because of their innocence and purity. Babies do not understand nor think about the problems we face as adults in this life. Their only focus is to love and be loved. Little Shirley shows her closeness to God by being sweet to everyone and being loving. She even said the name “God” about 3 or 4 months ago when my husband was asking her if she could say “God.” After he had asked her this question the third or fourth time, she looked him straight in the eye and in a tiny little voice she said “God.” She said God’s Name in a way that seemed as if she knew exactly Who she was talking about. “And [Jesus]said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)
2. Be Flexible. One of the first things I learned after having “Little” Shirley was to be flexible. When you have a little baby, you pretty much run on their time. Everything you do revolves around your baby. “Little” Shirley is a wonderful baby, and we take her everywhere we go, but whenever we do go somewhere, I always make sure to have plenty of milk, diapers, toys, etc. to keep her happy on a trip! I also have learned to adjust my bedtime to match her’s. Before having “Little” Shirley, I became used to having a certain routine I went by every day. I have learned, however, from “Little” Shirley that life is too short to focus on everything happening at a certain time. Sometimes it’s fun to watch and see what happens next, and I always try to remind myself that God is in control! “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
3. Smile, Even When You Don’t Feel the Best. “Little” Shirley always manages to put a smile on her face, even when she might not feel the best. An example of this is when she began teething. She would cry when her gums hurt, but when she was played with, she would smile amidst the pain. We, as adult Christians, can try to do the same so that we can show ourselves friendly to others. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24).
4. Be a good listener: “Little” Shirley LOVES to be read to! When you read her a book, she focuses her full attention on the story. Likewise, when adults are talking, she pays full attention as well. She even manages to laugh when others are laughing. We should always be as attentive when listening to God’s Word. As Christians, we could put our focus on God, instead of the worldly things going on around us. I am always impressed with how well “Little” Shirley pays attention!
“Little” Shirley is such a blessing in everyone’s life who know her! Every child is a blessing from God, and I am so thankful to Him that he saw me fit to be “Little” Shirley’s mother! I know that I must do everything in my power to get “Little” Shirley to Heaven! She is teaching me so much, and I know she will continue to teach me more things as time goes along!