Sometimes Christmas feels like a fruit cake of celebrations. Do kids make the distinction of Jesus and Santa? Or do both sweet celebrations mesh together and they just swallow them whole with one bite?
Then this week while driving in the van, Kavin, my eldest, shared a random thought that made the whole Jesus/Santa recipe fall into place for me.
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Mamas, how we understand the Bible—and especially women of the Bible—matters for our lives and the next generation. Biblical women are our example of how to live (and sometimes not live) as God-honoring women today. And what we share about these stories with the next generation, shapes how they perceive themselves as godly men and women.
So, I am excited to share with you a fascinating project that benefits the International Justice Mission.
This week God provided in tangible ways. The mama down the street let me borrow serving platters for a family gathering. The family across the street hosted us for dinner and extended their lives in friendship. In similar ways to the Pilgrims, our ‘lil family was welcomed to a new place by those already living here.
And yet I still caught myself stewing an UNthankful heart at times. Our belongings aren’t here from Texas (but we have our needs met). The house needs organization (but we have a home to live in). And I worry about the unknowns ahead: schooling for the kids, finding the right doctor, consistent income for our family…and on, and on, and on.
The Holy Spirit pulled out Matthew 6:33-34 from the cupboard of my soul and reminded me about the cure for worry—which happens to also be the cure for an unthankful heart.
“Mom, who do you love more?” My sons ask, both looking up with their precious faces and competing hearts.
Inwardly I think, “Depends on who’s obeying better.”
Did I just write that?
Outwardly I reply, “I love both of you equally. Both of you have my whole heart.”
They run off to play and I run into pondering God’s love as I brown meat for tacos.
- Does God love me more when I obey?…
- Does God love me less when I’m foolish?….
- Does God love me more when I rock housecleaning and Bible study?…
- Does He love me less when the floors are sticky and I was too tired to read?
- Does the measure of God’s love fluctuate like the feelings of love we have toward our kids?
Does God love us the same ALL the time?
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