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Letters to Lillian- Joy

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” ~ C. S. Lewis

Dear Lillian, 

As I sit watching you right now, you are playing in your jumperoo and are about as playful and happy as can be. You are watching the bright lights and listening to the silly jungle noises. You are blissfully unaware of anything except the fun you are currently having. You beam at me with a toothless grin that just melts my heart. 

I pray that you keep that joy. You will slowly grow up and realize that this world does not often like joy. Many people complain about their lives a lot. Some people will even make fun of you for being excited about simple things. They will want you to keep it in and act “cool”.

You can remember that I am always here for you to have fun with and play with. I think you are most beautiful when you are your sweet, joyful self and love that about you! It is something I have seen in your personality since you were a newborn. You bring smiles to peoples face because you are so happy and smile at many people first. To witness you bring a crabby person at the store to a smile is a wink from God. 

There are two verses that talk about joy in the bible that I love:
Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Lillian, you were created in the image of God, and that is why as a baby and child you naturally exuded such unrestrained joy. One day, the expectations of the world will start to weigh on you. That is why I wrote this letter to you- as a reminder that joy is in you and comes from the Father above. God’s love can and will fill you with all joy and peace when you remember him and believe. When you feel lost or sad, you can ask Jesus for help. He loves you more than anyone in the whole world and wants you to be full of joy and can show you better how to do that than anyone, even me! When you decide to get your love from Him, he can fill you with joy that is complete and everlasting- full of comfort. 


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  • Reply Sarah :: Your Plucky Picaroon

    So glad you stopped by my blog and said hello! I hope I didn’t scare you away with my ranting. 😉
    What a sweet baby girl! ♥

    Looking forward to following your adventures!

    Sarah :: Your Pluck Picaroon

    November 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Hi Sarah! Oh your rantings did not scare me at all! I laughed out loud because it was TRUE! Ha. Anyways, thanks for stopping by and looking forward to hearing about your adventures, too:).

      November 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Chelsea Maxwell

    Oh my goodness you precious Lillian is so blessed to have you! You definitely have a gift of writing!It brought tears to my eyes…because you are so right, the world often doesn’t like joy. That is what is so amazing about children is that they are so full of joy, something that many adults miss out on.

    I’m so glad you found my blog, because I’m so excited to see more posts from you!
    Be blessed 🙂

    November 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      You are so sweet! Thanks Chelsea! I was a little nervous writing this for the world to see, but did it anyways, so thank you for that amazing compliment- you just made my day! 🙂

      SO excited about your blog! Talk to you soon.


      November 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm

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