See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1John 3:1)
“Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine. You are precious in my eyes, because you are honored and I love you…the mountains may depart, the hills be shaken, but my love for you will never leave you and my covenant of peace with you will never be shaken” (Is 43:1, 4; 54:10)
Piggy-back rides to bed, family dinners at 6:00, sledding down muddy hills on rainy days, and giggling when dad kissed mom — I loved being a child of Bob and Linda! Their love was a blanket of warmth that spread out over our home as they set limits, listened to our hearts and taught us how to love and be loved. Growing up, I did not appreciate the gift of “footing” that being their child gave me nor did I have the slightest idea how their covering shaped a “Yes” in me to becoming a child of God.
Have you thought about what it means to be a child of God lately?
Words can become so familiar that their meaning evaporates and we end up living with ideas rather than realities. The phrase “child of God” is such a massive concept that it’s no wonder it’s hard to grab and drag into the middle of our lives but, don’t you want to? I have heard it said that our beliefs shape our feelings, attitudes and outlooks, so I can imagine that believing I am the daughter of the King, the Creator and Author of Life, the all powerful, all knowing First and Last might just make me feel — kind of special!
When I awake each morning I become aware of God’s invitation to live as His child. On the best days, I open up the Word to look at His face and listen to His voice. It helps me return my thoughts to all that is true and it is often there, that I begin to remember who God says I am — Redeemed. Named. Precious. Honored. Forever loved!
Dragging the reality of being God’s child into the middle of our lives changes the ways we think and feel about everything.
It’s a prayer that sets our feet on solid ground, gives us courage to trust beyond what we see and helps us hope from underneath a blanket of Love that spreads out over every part of our lives.
“Father, thank you that you made me your child. Help me to live in the reality I am precious to you. You are faithful! Amen.”
What about you?
How does being a child of God impact your daily life?
How does it affect the way you think and feel about the trials you face?
What does it feel like to hear God call you precious, honored and forever loved?
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