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Will You Accept?

Will You Accept?

I had already put our youngest, Grace, to bed. She was four at the time. My husband was in our twelve-year-old’s room putting together a new desk chair for him. I walked in to check on the progress, and a few minutes later, my nine-year-old crossed the hall from her room to see if the chair was finished as well.

In no time at all, my husband had us all cracking up. If I think back to that day and am honest, we probably were laughing a little too loud. Loud enough to disturb a four-year-old who was already in bed. So Grace came marching in with arms crossed and brows furrowed. She said, as if issuing a threat, “If somebody is having fun in here…” Alan quickly cut her off and shooed her back to bed.

She scurried away in tears. Being the mama, I went in to soothe her ruffled feathers and to get her settled again. Grace looked at me through tears and said with a pitiful voice, “I heard all that talking and laughing, and I wasn’t inbited.” Then she burst into tears again.

I sat down on the bed and pulled her into my arms. I understood how my little girl was feeling, as I don’t like to miss out on any fun either. When it appears someone else is having a good time and you weren’t invited to be a part of it, feelings can get hurt

Even as parents, it’s hard when we feel like our children are left out. Maybe there was a party and your child wasn’t included.

Here’s the good news. You are always invited to the party with Jesus. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20 NIV) Jesus not only has invited you, He is waiting at the door.

Be encouraged moms and dads, you are invited.

By: Carol Hatcher is a former elementary teacher turned writer. This sassy southern author and speaker lives with her husband and three children in North Georgia. Come visit her at

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