There once was a little girl who was very sad.
She sat in lonely chairs or tucked away in a play-yard with other sad wee ones.
While she did smile big, it belied the truth, that she was a very, very scared little girl.
A mommy and daddy and brothers and sisters did not fill up the empty places, hurting places, scared places in her heart.
The mama prayed and prayed for a key to the little girls heart...something to thin the thick ice protecting her very hurt heart.
|Thick wall protecting a scared, fragile heart.|
One day, at naptime, the mama said a simple phrase she'd never said before, "Goodnight, Sweetie". The mama took note of the sparkle in the little girls eye and the whispered "You called me, Sweetie?!?".
Later, the mama called the little girl, Princess, and she stood a bit taller and walked with a hop in her step. The ice was melting.
The little girl, without ever knowing it, gave her mama the key to her heart.
Two simple phrases, out of a hundred possible nicknames, touched her heart and began to melt the icy wall.
She *is* a Princess and is now reminded of that, often. She *is* a sweetie and is told how, truly, she is loved and adored.
1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!