My son told me this week that he was annoyed at how much I tell him that I love him. I suppose that is a great thing to be annoyed by. He’s 12 years old. It’s good for him.
I hope that someday the memory of my son pretending to throw up at the thought of his mother giving him a huge kiss on the cheek after a soccer game will be endearing to him.
I have felt a similar way towards God. I can recall several times in my life has God said, “I love you, Kim,” and I brushed it aside with a “Yeah, I know, I know,” followed by me running off to do my own thing like a pre-teen running away from his mom’s sloppy wet kiss.
Perhaps you, like me, came from a past where you didn’t learn how to be embraced by someone. Why is it so difficult for us to lay our heads down on someone and rest in them? It makes our hearts uneasy and our bodies fidgety.
I remember when my husband hugged me for the first time. AWKWARD. My parents weren’t huggers. I didn’t get it. I didn’t like it. So here is this guy giving me this awkward hug and me hating every moment of it. And the more I came to know him, the more he told me and showed me he had affections towards me.
God tells us in His word that we are His.
“If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”
Romans 14 : 8
God tells us that He loves us.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
1 John 3 : 1
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3 : 16
God tells us to rest.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11 : 28
“Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me.”
Psalm 131 : 2
As a parent, one of my favorite moments is when my baby girl falls asleep on my chest as I rock her. Something sweet connects our hearts as she gently closes her eyes, resting in my embrace.
In life’s business, I often begin to react like that teenager with his own agenda rather than a spiritual infant relying on my Father God.
Would you join me this week in resting in God’s embrace? Setting this time aside could be the beginning of change in your life and your relationship with your Father.
- Find 10 minutes that you can find a quiet place alone to lie down. I prefer resting my head on the floor and envision being held on our Lord’s chest.
- I either have a scripture truth that God is working on my heart that I may meditate on or a worship song that I listen to as I rest in Him. Recently, I have played the song Oceans on repeat as I do this. You can listen to Oceans on repeat here.
- Hush your mind and put all of your focus on God. Set a timer. This is helpful in the event that you fall asleep (it happens!) and prevents time from being a distraction.
Remember how I said that it was really awkward when my now husband first hugged me? Well, it’s not awkward any more. For the last 13 years, he has hugged me daily. His embrace is something that I now love and cherish.
Resting in God’s embrace and focusing on Him may feel awkward at first. However, resting in Him daily will cause you to be able to fully be all that He has created you to be.
Do you want to teach your children to come to God and spend time with Him as well? Try reading Max Lucado’s children’s story, “You Are Special,” with them. Encourage them to practice some quiet time in their room for a few minutes while you go into your room to spend with God. Put on a song for them or give them a Bible verse to think about during this time.
Enjoy the fruit as you see your family growing together in God’s love.
See You In The Round!
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