Friday, May 17, 2019

Virginiaisms


Matthew 5:44-46
"You have heard it said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.  He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

I'll go down to hell, smack the devil with love, and knock him out with kindness. ~Virginia Rose (July 2018)

I'm perusing some journal notes I take last year when I come across this quote from granddaughter, Virginia.  Surely I had plans at the time to create a blog post featuring her precocious words, but other distractions and demands, obviously, place it on the back burner.  I am delighted beyond words to rediscover her unique and brilliant insight of godly wisdom at the ripe old age of eight!

And there are so many more "Virginiaisms" which I document and now share with you here.

I love my life!  Virginia declares this often, and with complete conviction, ever since she turns seven.  Her Papa (Danny) and I are always thrilled when she emotes this affirmation of joy and positivity.  Shouldn't more of us be saying that, and thanking God for this one life He has made possible?

My life can get complicated.  Oh, yes, it can!  To grasp that concept takes some mature understanding, doesn't it?  Virginia opens herself up to a fabulous teachable moment:  When life gets tough, the tough turn to God.

In response to my question posed last year, "Virginia, do you understand what sarcasm is?," she replies, Yeah, right!  I think she gets it, hands down!

Last summer, when the lightning bugs are swarming, we give Virginia a jar with holes punched in the lid so she can capture the fleeting beauties to her heart's content.  After a few minutes, she returns the jar to me.  I don't need to capture them in this.  I just want to feel them on my hands and set them free.  Ahh . . .

If the devil wasn't in the world, there would be no scary movies.  Amen to that, girlfriend!

When Virginia discovers that our new end tables have USB ports where she can charge her beloved tablet, she exclaims,  Hallelujah!  God has awoken!  Admit it!  Don't we all feel that way about technology at times?

Two weekends ago, when Virginia is with us, she looks up at me wistfully.  It's a shame how time flies.  Oh, yes, precious one, it flies excruciatingly quickly.  In your child's bubble of innocence, how do you know?  Yet, you do.

We attend church that Sunday, and remark about how well-behaved and attentive she is throughout the service.  Virginia tells us honestly, I'm really just here for the music.  But what better way to worship God than through praise-filled songs?  King David knew that!

And circling back to the first quote from Virginia, she confides, in all seriousness, her reaction to being seated next to a grandmotherly chaperone on a recent field trip with her class.  I know she's someone's grandma, but the nicest grown-ups have the darkest souls.

Let that sink in . . .

I know, the minute those words escape Virginia's lips, the immutable truth she has uttered:  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)  Too many times, Satan takes up residence in the most innocuous of persons.  Virginia seems to have that second sense that I pray will protect her as she grows in the knowledge and love of God.

And speaking of Satan, none of us like or appreciate that devil one iota.  We want to smack the living daylights out of him and his horrid influence on our world.  But let's do so as Virginia recommends:  Smack (him) with love, and knock him out with kindness.

It's a win-win!

One I think God would be proud of in the end.

Amen!


28 comments:

  1. What a wise and clever child. I guess she takes after her grand-mother. Am I right?

    God bless you and all your family, Martha.

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    1. Not sure about that, Victor. I think God threw away the mold when He made Virginia - lol!
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Wow, I'm blown away by all these "Virginiaisms!" Amazing! My favorite? "I'll go down to hell, smack the devil with love, and knock him out with kindness." ~Virginia Rose (July 2018)

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    1. Yes, Karen, I am blown away, too. So glad you enjoyed Virginia's sayings today.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. You have a very wise granddaughter! I love your Virginiaisms. I want to be like Virginia! :)

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    1. I think so, too! So glad you enjoyed the post today.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. This may well be my favorite post, Martha. Virginia Rose for President! I, too, want to be like Virginia.

    PS - That observation about that chaperone gave me goosebumps.

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    1. Aw, Mevely, you are too kind! Who knows? Maybe, Virginia will be president one day, though I dread thinking of all that pressure she would have to endure in the office. And yes, her observation produced the same reaction in me. Children, as Jesus affirmed, DO see things that we adults too often miss.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Wow! She certainly has wisdom far beyond her years, Martha. She must be a deep thinker! Love and blessings to you!

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    1. Trudy, she really is a deep thinker, and what she comes up with always floors me. Fortunately, she doesn't take herself too seriously, loves to laugh, and simply enjoys every moment of every day. We are so blessed by Virginia!
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Wow, Martha! Virginia has a depth that many adults don't have nor do they care to have. It will be wonderful to watch her grow in her faith. Her insights on people are deep, penetrating--they will be useful as she matures.

    Love and blessings!

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    1. Oh, yes, Kim, her insights at such a young age I believe will serve her well as she grows into her faith. There are other things she's told me, in addition to her take on the grandmotherly chaperone, that have me wondering if she's been blessed by what is commonly called a "sixth sense." Should be labeled "God sense," a heightened awareness of both the physical and spiritual worlds. Oh, how I pray it's God's will that she never outgrow this!
      Love and blessings!

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  7. I love this. Visiting you from the counting my blessings link up. laurensparks.net

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post, Lauren! I've subscribed to your blog, too. :)
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Out of the mouths of babes. A lovely post!! Give Virginia a hug from blogland! Much appreciated!

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    1. Yes, Terri, I will give Virginia a hug from you! She has loved reading everyone's comments here.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Didn't get here until Saturday Martha. Love those Virginiaisms. I pray she maintains her innocence and love for life as she gets older. Even as sarcasm is a bit easier to come by! :) thanks for lightening my day.

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    1. So glad you took the time to stop by, Bill. And yes, I hope she maintains her innocence and love for life, too! I don't know about the sarcasm . . . :)
      Love and blessings!

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  10. These are great, Martha! What a winsome and wise little girl! Thanks for sharing her with all of us. Blessings and hugs!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post, Deb! Yes, Virginia blows me away with how aware and awake she is at such a young age. She is such a treasure!
      Love and blessings!

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  11. this makes me smile and warm my heart. One very wise young lady there. You are blessed

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    1. And I'm so glad it did, Jean! Yes, I'd have to agree that Virginia is wise beyond her years.
      Love and blessings!

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  12. What a wonderful post and thanks to your sweet inspiration. Our of the mouths of precious babes!
    Blessings, My Friend!

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    1. Yes, Lulu, out of the mouths of babes can often come the most profound wisdom. May we all strive to become as little children, that we might truly know the kingdom of heaven.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. The girl sounds like a wise, sweet soul. As I sit here surrounded by my 6 running in and out, to and fro, I can only smile ..

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    1. Amen, Linda! You are so very blessed with six grandchildren, but I know you know it. Sometimes I wonder if God designed grandchildren to make us stop and think that we aren't as wise and as good as we think we are. Keep on smiling!
      Love and blessings!

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    1. She truly is, Susan, and we are so thankful that Virginia is in our lives.
      Love and blessings!

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