What would you do for your kids? Today is Day 4 of the “True Love” series. I hope you have found these posts as relevant to read as I have. We are praying for you. Have a wonderful day!
The Love of a Parent
by Anastacia Maness
“Dad, I want ‘moofie!’” Elisabeth says as she watches her daddy blend up bananas and kale in the blender.
“You want a smoothie?”
“Yes, I want ‘moofie’!”
What do you think she got?
When your children are hungry, what do you give them? This is the question Jesus asks in Luke 11:9-13.
As earthly parents we’re not perfect.
Children constantly beg for our attention. They desire something from us. Sometimes we may feel we have nothing left to give. The responsibility can be overwhelming.
Yet even with all that pressure, we still give them what they need because we love them.
I’m not a perfect parent. I make mistakes. My kids are not perfect either, but I still love them and want to give them good things.
You know what? Our Heavenly Father is perfect. He knows exactly what we need before we ask.
However, there is a limit to God’s giving. He’s not going to give us something that will hurt us even if it is something we want.
At the park I’m not going to let Elisabeth put those small rocks in her mouth. No matter how much like candy they might look to her. She may ask. She may scream and holler about it but I’m still not going to let her eat them.
Just as I’m wiser than my two-year-old, my Heavenly Father is even wiser than I am. He knows what I don’t need as well. So if He doesn’t give me something that I feel I absolutely have to have, I need to remember He knows what is best for me.
Another example of God’s parental love . . .
My daughter just threw up in my hands.
Yes, while I was typing this. There was a knock on my door. Elisabeth came into my room complaining of a stomach ache. I caught the majority of the contents in my hands. I stopped what I was working on and cleaned it all up.
How many times has my Heavenly Father cleaned up the messes I’ve made? I may have to live with some of the stench, but as I draw closer to Him, I become healthier.
Elisabeth fell asleep in my arms. As I held her close I thought about how comforting it is to know that God is right there holding me close whenever I’m not well.
He knows exactly what medicine we need.
Do you have a relationship with the Heavenly Father? He has room for all of us in His arms. Reach out to Him and let Him pick you up.
–Anastacia Maness is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mother of six blessings, and writer. When she’s not busy counting her blessings she’s writing about them at RockSolidFamily.com, encouraging and strengthening families.
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