Embracing My Inner Child

Last week while in Southern California, I went to Disneyland (if you follow me on twitter, this is no surprise. Sorry I got a little carried away with the pictures and commentary) with a big ‘ol crew of friends. All together we had 9 kids and 10 adults. It very easily could have been mass chaos but instead it was one of the best days I can remember.

I have been fighting “the grumps” a little bit lately and wanted to cast aside cynicism and distraction and truly soak up a rare day of childlike fun. As we ventured onto the park grounds, I prayed. “Lord, please help me be fully present today. Please help me reconnect with the child in me. Please help me be childlike and not childish.”

And I did.

I ate churros and chicken fingers. (Okay, so eating junk food is not so out of the ordinary.)

I ran through the line of Splash Mountain like a wild banshee screaming “Let’s get WET!!!” and cast aside all my practical thoughts of how miserable the rest of the evening could be after a January soaking.

I rode California Screamin’ with “no hands” and a lot of screaming.

I  leaned forward and dangled my feet as I rode over the breathtaking California landscape on California Soarin’ (which might be the coolest “rides” I’ve ever experienced).

As the sun set and we made our way home, I was worn out. But it was the great worn-out because I knew I had played full out. I came. I saw. I soaked it in. I embraced childlike and resisted childish.

I am convinced the little prayer I prayed that day made all the difference during my day at Disneyland. Now, I just need to make it my prayer for every day.

Have you been to Disneyland or Disneyworld? What’s your favorite ride? Are you good at being a kid every now and again?

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  • I've never been. The coolest place I've been is Paramount's King's Island in Cincinnati.
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  • My wife and I love Disney World. We took our 4 year old this past summer and he loved it as well. I can see many trips there in the years to come. My favorite ride is definitely the Rockin' Roller Coaster. The Everest ride was pretty awesome as well.

  • jenniferbryant

    I love Disneyworld!! Last time I went I was in college, and I loved it as much then as I did when I went as a five-year-old. It's so hard to narrow down a favorite ride though – maybe the Rock n Rollercoaster. Though I think my favorite part of going is just walking around Magic Kingdom and see the joy on all the kids faces. I'm sure it is on my face too! 🙂

  • It’s been a few years since I went to Disneyland, but my favorite ride has always been Pirates! I mean….it’s incredibly cool and a little scary! It was so cool to see your tweets and pics from that day – you really captured the essence of the inner child that is inside each of us. We need to let it shine more often! No wonder Jesus said we must be child-like with our faith!

  • Love the disney! California Soarin was my fav! Did you smell the orange smell when try went through the fields? Took someone telling me to smell before I realized there was a whole nother dimension to the ride I didn’t know about!

  • Amanda

    So fun, friend! We did Soarin' at Epcot last month and it really is cool.
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  • Marjorie

    LOVE both Disneys…there is something that makes my heart do cartwheels when I enter Main Street and look towards the castles. It is truly magical to be in a place of awe and wonder as an adult. I can't really name a favorite ride…but Soarin' ranks pretty high and so does Space Mountain.

  • Ashley

    so much fun! i have never been to Disney land/world- any of it!

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  • Russ Ray

    Been to Disney World 4 times, 2 of those was with our kids… I would say that my favorite ride is the Jungle Cruise. If I had ever been in Florida in college, the job of Jungle Cruise driver would have been right up my alley. I also like Pirates because my kids like it, and it's always fun with them in the line for it.
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  • Rebecca Smith

    I LOVE THE MAGIC KINGDOM! Since both my husband and I grew in SoCal we both went all the time, Sid’s best friend was Goofy for years. But this summer we went together for the first time, we’ve been married for 8 years! It was also one if the items I really wanted to do since I beat a life threating disease. It was amazing! We had so much fun! I could not stop laughing! I still look at those pictures and laugh. It’s awesome to remember that childlike side of us!

  • Sharon

    I LOVE Disneyland! Been going since I was 5 years old. The Matterhorn is my favorite. I still close my eyes and scream, even though my family instructs me to open my eyes the whole time so I can see the scary white mammoth man. I've still never seen him. And if you go, don't miss Peter Pan; no matter how old you are, it's a charming ride.

  • Sarah Markley

    COULD have been the best day ever. Seriously. Maybe it was. I can't imagine anything more perfect about that day. SO glad to share it with you.
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  • I visited Disneyland with my wife and son for the very first time last summer. It was a complete blast!!

    We rode every single ride, ate fatty (expensive) food and stayed up late to watch the fireworks. Best summer trip ever. Our favorite ride hands down was Indiana Jones.
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  • I've been to Disneyland. My favorite ride is Thunder Mountain. My husband went there while on our honeymoon. We got in line and half way through the line, the ride broke. Needless to say we didn't ride it, and I was quite bummed.

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  • Our family went to Disneyland this past August. It was our best family vacation ever!

    My favourite rides are: Space Mountain and the Toy Story ride in California Adventure.
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  • I had fun there, I was in YWAM at the time and they paid for all of us to go for the day! We rode Space MOuntain 12 times! Thekey is to wait 4 the parades because all the ,lines speed up. We waited 10 minutes in between each time! I have an inner child and she gets alot of excercise! LOL
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  • I love being a kid. But I've not yet been to either Disney. After hearing your description, I'm making plans!
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  • thegypsymama

    Oh man, we've never been. And now you've got me hankering for it something fierce!
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    • If you've never been, you should go. With or without kids it's a great place. Going with just adults is fun, however, seeing my 4 year old's face light up everyday when we got to the park was so much fun!

  • Need to be a kid today!! Thanks for the post 🙂 I love that as God's children we don't have to have worries or fears- He is our amazing daddy who wants to lavish us with His goodness!!!

  • I grew up a few miles from Disneyland in Anaheim as a kid. Every night I remember, if we climbed up in our treehouse, we could see the 9:00 PM fireworks that they shot off each night. Great memories!
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