Dear Talitha

Dear Talitha

Talitha,

Are your eyes swollen from tears?

Does your head hurt?

Are you literally on edge?

Are you crying over the Broken crayons?

I know I have!


Sometimes when you’re coloring, even outside of the lines, crayons break. They break when we hold them too tightly, or when we have pressed too hard, especially when the paper has been ripped off leaving the crayons weak and exposed.


Sometimes life may feel like broken crayons.

The brokenness being the product of holding or being held too tightly, being pressed too hard in the wrong places, or being absolutely exposed and vulnerable.

The breaking may result in moments of behaviors we don’t understand, or behaviors we feel we can’t control.

The moments you find yourself reaching, suffocating, in a heaviness you can’t even describe. Moments when you look at the broken pieces and say “How did this even happen?”

So what do we do with broken crayons?

Well, guess what? Broken crayons still color! The pieces might be pieces but they haven’t lost their purpose. You, my dear, still have purpose.

As a teacher for more than a decade, I have learned to love the broken crayons. It’s the perfect tool for teaching children how to properly position their fingers for a better writing grasp. The repositioning of their grasp supports their ability to further develop their writing skills.

Coloring with broken crayons makes it very difficult for less mature or inefficient grasp patterns to exist. Their small size gives us no other choice but to hold them with our fingertips. Over time, our fingers become familiar with this grasp pattern.

You see when we allow the repositioning, the refocusing, for the better grasp, we invite the opportunity for growth. In this, we are given the opportunity for mature and sufficient patterns to begin to exist.

The broken moments in our lives should lead us to activate our faith. A faith that produces perseverance, and when we persevere we become mature and complete, not lacking anything!

When it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance. And then as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until nothing is missing and nothing lacking.”
James 1:2-4 TPT

Talitha, it is ok to cry over the broken crayons.

In case you have not been told, it is ok not to be ok, sometimes.

So, when you are ready and even if you aren’t, pick up the broken crayons with your finger tips.

Color again……

even if outside of the lines!

Love Mom,

P.S. Love you forever, Like you for always

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