I wrote this over a year ago when my littlest baby was still so very little. He is two now, and the other four babies in this house are even bigger than that, but I have to say that I still feel exactly this way about all of them:
As I write this I sit here on my big red couch holding a little baby boy. The sweetest and most adorable baby that ever was – except, of course, for the other four babies living in this house that came directly from God’s heart (and my belly). I am so enthralled with this child that I can hardly get another thing done in all my day. I’m not kidding. If I could get away with it I would snuggle this little thing every moment of every day. I love his tiny little smiley eyes. His big belly laughs. His sweet little hands. His crooked little ear. His sweet smelling baby breath. Everything about him. Every. Little. Thing. I want to squeeze him so very tightly that he becomes a physical part of me. For real.
That’s how much YOU are loved. That’s how much you are loved by GOD! Breathe that in for a minute. Just stop right now – whatever you are doing – and breathe that in.
You are loved and cherished just as deeply – by the God of all that is or ever was. He loves your sweet face. Your eyes. Your mouth. Your hands. Your heart. Everything about you. Every. Single. Thing. No matter what anyone else thinks of you – or even what you may think about yourself – you are a loved, cherished, coveted, precious child of God. He loves you so much that He doesn’t ever want to be parted with you. He wants to hold you so tightly that you become a part of Him – that HE becomes a part of YOU.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
I pray that you realize today how deeply and wholly you are loved. I pray that God’s love for you increases your love for Him. I pray also that it increases our love for each other.
“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” – Augustine
“God’s unfailing love for us is an objective fact affirmed over and over in the Scriptures. It is true whether we believe it or not. Our doubts do not destroy God’s love, nor does our faith create it. It originates in the very nature of God, who is love, and it flows to us through our union with His beloved Son.” – Jerry Bridges
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. “ – 1 John 3:1-2
Love you guys,