Today is a happy and hopeful day for me. It is my granddaughter’s birthday! This blogpost is in her honor. I do not know who penned the following poem, but it expresses my thoughts for my “bella” Bella.


I’ve traveled paths you’ve yet to walk,
Learned lessons old and new;
And now this wisdom of my life
I’m blessed to share with you.

Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad.

Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side.

Walk softly when you’re angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter’s power is immense.

Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don’t shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold.

Keep hope right in your pocket.
It will guide you day by day.
Take it out when it is needed.
When it’s near, you’ll find a way.

Remember friends and family,
Of which you are a perfect part.
Love deeply and love truly;
Give freely from your heart.

The world is far from perfect;
There’s conflict and there’s strife,
But you still can make a difference
By how you live your life.

And so I’m very blessed to know
The wonders you will do,
Because you are my granddaughter,
And I believe in you.

(poet unknown)

I especially like the line that says to keep hope in your pocket. To me that means to keep hope near your heart so at any moment when you need it, you will remember and will never become hopeless.

It may not be as easy as pulling something from your pocket, but I think you know it is easy for God to provide anything you need. So if you stay close to Him, His hope will always be there whenever you need it. Be hopeful; believe He will take care of you …now …when you are older …even when you are really old like your grandparents!

Know you are loved — you are loved more than you know! Perhaps you cannot understand how much you are loved until you become a parent or grandparent. Enjoy your youth. Keep hope in your pocket. Have a happy birthday, dear granddaughter!

“For He will give His angels charge concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”  (Psalm 91:11)

“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.”
(Psalm 139: 13 – 14)

“For by Me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.”  (Proverbs 9:11)

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