Tutu-Wearing Angel

Thursday, July 4, 2024
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This is my second day home from South Carolina, USA, where my daughter lives, and I have done nothing but rest. Keeping up with a young family takes a toll on an old woman like me. We stayed up one night until 2:00 a.m. watching a movie. I haven't seen that time of night in years, unless it's when the old-lady alarm clock in my head goes off and says that it's time to get up.

We were there to help because the house that they moved into needed some sprucing up. We also went to watch after our granddaughter, Jenna, and give our pregnant daughter, Missy, some much-needed rest. Did I write "rest" and "Jenna" in the same sentence? Oh, my mistake! This little girl, at three years old, is a live wire! She is in constant motion and asks nonstop "Why?" But for my husband Larry and me, she was nonstop DELIGHT!

One thing that we loved was that when she entered a room, we never knew what she would be wearing. Usually, a tutu was a part of her outfit, with a hat. She normally avoided wearing a top, but considered something around her neck just as good. The problem came when Jenna had to get dressed in something more suitable for going out. On those occasions, I will have to admit, she was … shall I say … less than cooperative! In fact, the word "carnal" comes to mind. With this delightfully independent child, my daughter has wisely learned to pick her battles. She often said, "Jenna, if you choose to disobey, there will be consequences!" At that, my beautiful little granddaughter would cross her little arms over her chest and state, "I don't want no consequences!" She wasn't saying that she was ready to obey; she was saying that she wanted to disobey with no consequences.

Somehow, I see myself many times taking this childish stance with my heavenly Father. I can recall those times when I knew what was right, but I chose my own way. I folded my arms and said, "I want my own way," forgetting the possible adverse consequences.

Have you been there? Did you ever get your tutu in a bunch and refuse to mind God?

John 14:23-24a – Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching." (NIV)

Larry and I are still talking about our Jenna, not only about her bouts with carnality, but about her sweetness, her charming smile that lit up a room, and her love for her grandma and grandpa that gave us so much joy!

Prayer: Majestic Creator, Mighty God, and Redeemer, may we refrain from taking childish positions, as You only do good for us. Make us like Jesus. Amen.

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Jeanie Nihiser <jnihiserj@gmail.com>
Cerro Gordo, Illinois, USA

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Jeanie.

    Thank you for a beautiful story of forgiveness, hope.

    Delightful story. Good comparison. Keep us posted on upcoming babe.

    What a live wire! What a character! Thank you both for sharing your time so generously with the family!

    Jeanie – As a grandma who lives in a three-generation household with six and nine-year olds, your insights resonate clearly.
    Thanks for bringing scripture alive.

    Thank you, Jeanie, for your very “joyful” devotional today. Those little children are truly a “joy” in our lives and certainly a gift given to us through our loving Lord. Blessings for writing and sharing happy moments.

    Thank you for sharing encouraging devotional with us. Your words created a picture in my mind of your determined granddaughter. What a blessing you had to spend time with her and your family. Blessings.

    Oh Jeanie, what a delightful and inspiring devotional you’ve shared! Thank you for such vivid illustrations. I especially was touched by the words “but I don’t want no consequences”. Isn’t that what our society is saying a lot. Keep sharing!

    Your writing made me laugh as I recalled similar moments with my tutu-tutu-dressed granddaughers!
    I have had similar moments when I have had my own “tutu-tutu-in-a-bunch” stubborn responses to my Heavenly Father. You reminded me of the way God has loved and forgiven me so many times. Thank you!

    Wish I could meet Jenna, Jeanie. She sounds like our youngest daughter! When she left to attend university, I thought to myself…thank goodness and now I can get some rest. She now has four children…the youngest are twins who will be off for college this fall. When I heard her say, “I think it is time I got a little rest,”. I did smile to myself.
    Your devotional, as always, was so well state. Thank you and HAPPY JULY 4th.

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