Silver linings

So my 10 year old, Rachel, just texted me on mom’s phone: “Yay I got no school tomorrow! Yayayayayayyayayayayayayayaya! I got no school tomorrow!”

“What do you mean you don’t have school tomorrow?” I texted back. I thought she had tomorrow confused with Friday which is Veteran’s Day which is a school holiday.

“I has lice! Yay!”

I have no words…

But as I have been meditating on this, I realized that she was focused on the silver lining in that dark cloud. I don’t know about you, but I have dark clouds in my skies from time to time. When they come, I can get focused on the dark instead of the silver linings. Rachel’s elation over having lice reminded me that it is important to be looking for something positive in everything… even in the lousy things that happen. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV).


  1. Amen! Kids have some great wisdom. Now that’s how you praise Him when you’re in the bottom of the pit! Trust that He works for good! “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Then you go looking for the gift He has hidden in our angst,misery, and woe. There’s always a gift, a treasure waiting to reveal itself.

    As to the hair,we had an epidemic in these parts, superbugs resistant to chemicals. Finally we started treating them with olive oil. Twice a week we’d oil the kids down and wash it out with dish soap. It’s good for the hair and smothers the little buggers before they can take up residence. It’s also in the bible, anoint their heads with oil… 🙂

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  2. Your daughter’s enthusiasm for a day of of school reminded me of Corrie Ten Boom and her sister finding themselves incarcerated in an infamous Nazi death camp during World War II. They were assigned to a lice filled filthy barracks. They thanked God for the lice and had more freedom there because the guards didn’t want the lice!

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  3. My wife has been fighting a nasty stomach virus and I, like a good hub and, have been trying to help as much as I can from as far away as possible.

    My 10 year old however, has no problem with close contact when getting sick is a ticket out of school for a few days.

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  4. OMGOSH! I have no words either! Well. of course I do! Sorry, but I literally LMBO at the way you wrote that…sorry to laugh at your misery but I needed a laugh this morning, even if it was at your expense! What are friends for?! 🙂 🙂 Are you itching yet? Hehehehehehe… See, we all DO have a little devil in us! LOL!

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