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Melissa Zaldivar is a social in the world of academics and an academic in the world of socials. She's an author and podcast host with a BA in Communications and an MA in Theology. She loves a good sandwich, obscure history, and wandering around New England antique shops.

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  1. Melissa, this is wonderful! As a non-teacher by any qualifications & non-parent I was scared spitless to agree to teach 3-4th graders. But because I knew I couldn’t do it I said yes. God has been faithful & I’ve learned as much if not more from the kids for over 20 years now. This year I am struggling with a 4th grader that knows how hydrogen & oxygen expand to create solar flares & how that effects our weather. He exasperates his classmates & me always connecting dots way beyond our materials. Your words encourage me to delight in his enthusiasm rather than try to contain his chatter. I’m gonna read your post everyday this week & next Sunday will be less exasperating. Bless you! (((0)))

  2. As a grandmother to 7, yes, SEVEN completely different and completely wonderful kids I so enjoyed this post. It took me years to gain this perspective. You are way ahead of the game. Maybe that’s the point of grandkids? Incredible design, no?

  3. I absolutely love this! “I wonder if this is what Jesus meant when he invited us to be childlike. Perhaps we’ve been invited to not overthink and just slow down and ask questions. To notice the very obvious and celebrate the very ordinary. To delight in others and in little wonders. To kneel down and offer a hand.”

    WOW! Thank you for pointing us to the obvious, that we constantly need to be reminded to seek first His righteousness. And all these Christlike characteristics will transform us. I praise Adonai for you & your ministry.


  4. I know this comment is late, so I pray that it still reaches you. I am coming off a women’s retreat from this past weekend. To keep it short the gist of what happened is that I realized God is my Daddy. I have always felt like my relationship with him was more like a great uncle. I get that he is my Abba Father. I love that your post reminds me to come to him with “childlike” faith. I am working on thinking of him as Daddy and not a great uncle. The speaker at the retreat said that I am his little girl and so much more. This brought me right back to that powerful moment of realization. Thank you!

  5. Melissa,

    Every now & then I try to be a bit “childish/child like”. I may start a pillow fight with hubby just for the laughs. At work (hospital) I rejoice with patients families who are getting better. You may see me smiling with arms raised to Heaven. Life is to short not to enjoy it like children. Just be yourself.

    Blessings 🙂

  6. Amen! I really enjoyed reading your article, it felt like fresh air 🙂 …and also like an “answer” to Mary Carver’s article on rejection. Maybe Jesus told us to become like children (another upside-down invitation!) because they have no prejudice, except the ones that adults’ behaviors and words impress on them. Kids hardly keep hard feelings, they’re okay with not knowing and poetic explanations. Pride comes as we grow up and feel we should perform, prove ourselves and fend for ourselves. Children, especially small ones totally depend on someone else for their survival. I do want to be like that toward the Lord God! Have you noticed how kids always leave their stuff behind? I’m a mom to four, and I’ve long stopped counting lost swimming googles, scarves, left side of flip-flops… To be light as children, I believe what Joyce Meyer said, we need to drop our fleshly baggage. Thanks again for the great read.