I’ll be the first to admit that I can get so caught up in my troubles that I forget to have a thankful heart.  I would say it’s only human to want to think our problems are always more important than anyone else’s.

Just the other day I passed our local strawberry farm and noticed they are busy preparing their fields for the upcoming strawberry season.  I couldn’t help but remember a lesson my granddaughter taught me and had to share it with you all.

Last year while picking strawberries I was reminded that a child’s comment could sometimes shock us (meaning me) back into the reality of having a thankful heart. God wants us to have a child-like thankfulness about everything, not just the big things.

My sweet and innocent granddaughter reminded me of that in a strawberry field without even realizing what an impact it would have on my life.

The conversation I had with her went something like this…

“Grandma, I think God is happy with me today.”

“I’m pretty sure God is happy with you every day, but why do you think that?  I asked.”

“Look at this huge strawberry! Only God could have made something this yummy and put it where I could find it. He wanted me to pick it, so I could thank Him for it.”

I will remember that day for the rest of my life, and when she gets older, I will explain to her how she reminded me how God wants us to look at the world with child-like eyes.

That conversation turned into a short story about my favorite fictional Amish sisters, Emma, Rebecca, and Anna in a strawberry field in Willow Springs.

Won’t you join me as we see how Rebecca is reminded why it’s essential to have a thankful heart?


Click here to read “A Thankful Heart – An Amish Short Story.