Friday, January 13, 2012

The Object of His Affection

Long ago the LORD said to Israel:  "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself." (Jeremiah 31:3, NLT)

Motherhood, while a blessed profession, is so often a thankless one.  How often it is to feel easily defeated, unnoticed, even unloved.  While we get a peck on the cheek from the hubby or a needy embrace from our kids, it's easy to feel like a vending machine that's merely having a deposit made to get the desired concession.  Add the demands of late night Emergency Room visits, therapy appointments, doing battle with schools, standing up to insurance companies, and it's easy to see why we moms of kids with special needs don't exactly feel like runway models!

But there's a sweet treasure we can marinate on despite our great lack of quiet time.  We are the object of God's affection -- each and every one of us!  Take a minute with me to hang out here and think about that for a bit.  We were formed by God, for God.  In His eyes, we're absolutely beautiful, no matter how disheveled we may look in the human sense.  There's nothing we have to produce to earn or keep that love.

Now go deeper with me in hanging out on that thought.  The Maker of the Universe is crazy about YOU!  There's no expense He'd spare in His love for you.  In fact, He'd even give up His own Son, so you could be with Him!  (See Romans 8:32)  He's concerned with every detail of your life, and He even thinks you're gorgeous without makeup!

The next time you find yourself feeling depleted as a wife and mother, take a deep breath, drop your shoulders and remember how insanely loved you are by the One who put the sun in orbit.  Really let your brain process that for a minute!  You have infinite worth, purpose and value just because of His love for you.  As you let that seep in, lift your chin a bit higher and be energized by the Good News to take on the rest of your day.

Pray:  Jesus, fill my mind fully with that sense of how richly deep your love for me is.  May my humble gratitude for that love fill me with the energy and positive attitude I need to make it through each and every day of my life as a wife and mother.

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