i completely remember the moment each one of my children were born into this world and that instantaneous love that overwhelmed my heart. each one was so tiny and innocent and completely dependent upon me to love and take care of them. i welcomed that opportunity with great anticipation even though they had not done one thing to create that desire in me except to be born as mine. "perfect! completely and beautifully perfect!" that is what my thoughts were toward them from their very first breath. i was thrilled to be their mommy! i think back on those moments and am amazed at how that can be. how can a momma have such instantaneous love for her children?
what brought about that overwhelming feeling in my heart for them? the only thing that caused that intense love for them was that they were born and they were mine. they were MY children! they did not earn my love. they had not done anything to earn it, except cry, which seemed to make the fondness of my heart even more intense for them.
i think having children of my own makes me to understand more of the heart of my Heavenly Father. sometimes, it is easy for me to forget that He has the same feelings toward me that i have toward my children. He loves me intensely! not because i have done anything to make Him love me but just because i am HIS!! "perfect! completely and beautifully perfect!" that is His thoughts toward me. He is thrilled to be my Father and thrilled that i am completely dependent upon Him to love and take care of me!
i remember one of the first things that i did when my children were born was to look them over and see who i thought that they looked like. looking for the resemblances that showed they were the creation of the union of aaron and i, i noticed that rachel had the shape of my eyes and amanda had her daddy's eyes, josiah and jacob had their daddy's nose and olivia looked like my mom's side of the family. it was so fun trying to look and find the proof in their little bodies that showed they were ours. once again, they did not do anything to make themselves look like us. they just did because they were created from us. as each one has grown, more and more resemblances of both aaron and i arise in them. even their expressions, the way they walk, and how they talk begin to resemble us. there is no doubt about it, they are our children! they look and act like us!
i know my Heavenly Father looks to see Himself in me as well. To Him, i look just like HIM!! the Holy Spirit in me is proof that i am His child and the promise to me that i will begin to resemble Him more and more everyday as I depend upon Him to be my Daddy and allow Him to take care of every aspect of my life.
there is no doubt about it
i am His daughter and......
i look like my Father!!!
"you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. instead, you received God's Spirit when he adopted you as His own children. now we call him, "Abba Father." for His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children. and since we are His children, we are his heirs. in fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God's glory." (Romans 8:15-17)