Monday, October 7, 2013

Layla's Lessons on God's Love

Anyone who knows me knew that it wouldn't be long before I wrote a post inspired by the most precious gift that God has ever given me: my daughter Layla.  Let me just take a moment to let you know how much I love this little girl.  I never knew the true meaning of love until I became a mother.  Of course, I have loved my friends and family forever, but there is just something about a mother’s love that awakens parts of your heart that you never knew you had.  Layla can give me a fallen leaf, and I feel like I’ve won a million bucks.  A simple “I’m sorry” from her just melts any anger or frustration that I could ever have toward her.  She truly is the apple of my eye.  The best part about being a mother is that I have learned so much about God’s love through loving my daughter.

The Bible calls God our father so many times that we often become desensitized to the power of this analogy.  I am much more than just a being that God cares for simply because he created me, I am his daughter.  I didn’t understand the gravity of this until I had a daughter of my own.  You see, my love for my daughter goes far beyond supplying her basic needs.  I don’t want to just “take care” of her, I want to BLESS her.  The happiest moments of my life are embedded in making her happy, from watching her open presents on Christmas to working tirelessly making tutus just so she can twirl around and feel like a Princess.  I think it goes without saying that I give her complete and unlimited access to any blessings that I have.  Just as I willingly share my wealth with Layla, so does our heavenly father share his kingdom with us!

Sometimes as Christians, we get so caught up in the idea that trials and tribulations are a “rite of passage,” that we completely forget who our father is!  I’ll have you know that if I were a billionaire, Layla would never want for anything financially in her life.  No, not because she deserves it, but simply because SHE’S MY CHILD.  We have a father who is not only rich in money, but also rich in joy, peace, health, love, and so much more.  As much as I love Layla, and I mean I LOVE Layla, my love for her doesn't even scratch the surface of the love that God has for us.  There is not one need that we could ever have on this earth that God is not able and willing to supply.  Sometimes I find myself wallowing in sadness about certain situations because I just can’t see how I can fix it.  Meanwhile, the devil is doing the cabbage patch because he has me right where he wants me: sad, lonely, and confused.  Finally, that moment comes when I remember who I am.  All I have to say is “Satan, do you KNOW who MY father is?!” and he goes running!

Don’t allow the devil to keep you bound in depression, guilt, loneliness, fear, or anything else.  Your father is the KING!  Have you ever seen Prince William on the corner begging for bread? No, because he knows who he is!  I was once watching a show where Eddie Levert was talking about his son Sean Levert who died in 2008.  He talked about how Sean was down, out, and depressed before his death, but refused to ask his father for help.  I remember him saying over and over again “If he just would have called me, I would have given him anything he needed!”  Watching that man grieve over his son reminded me so much of how our heavenly father feels when we are hurting.  While you are crying, hurt, angry, or frustrated, God is standing by saying “If she would just call on me, I would give her everything she needs and more.”  Your father owns the factory that makes the very thing that you need for your breakthrough!  Dry your tears, remember who you are, and call your father!

Food for thought:
Philippians 4:19 - And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

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  1. This is so amazing and just the message that so many need to hear, on a daily basis. I have been having some really tough times lately and the reminder that our heavenly father is always around gives me that strength that I have been trying to find within myself.


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