For When I’m Not Sure How He Loves Me

There are those of us with wombs that have never cradled tiny humans.

And those of us with arms aching from carrying toddlers all day long.

There are those of us with homes now all silent and empty.

And those of us with houses that strain to hear the faintest whispers of quiet amidst laughter and tantrums and squeals and tears.

And there’s not one of us working, stay-at-home, homeschooling, ragamuffin, motherly, talented, young, old, timid, bold… women that doesn’t need the filthy to be made precious in an act of redemption.

And though we may never be *super* – it’s okay when we realize our desperate need for a Super-God; the One who forgives, heals and redeems!

When I'm Not Sure How He Loves Me

Psalm 103.3-4

So, we speak it right out loudso little hearts will listen, and this weak and sinful heart of a mama finally hears.

Words penned out hundreds of years before our Savior walked this earth.

How God forgives all our sins,

And heals all our diseases.

How He redeems our lives from the deepest darkest pit,

And calls us His children as He crowns us with love and compassion.

And it may look differently than we think it should, and we may not see what we want to this side of heaven – but we can trust in the One who cradles us in His never-ending love.

His love in me

crown of love

His love in my little heart

And so we bring out paper hearts and band-aids and play money and candy to try to get a glimpse of these life-giving truths.

A white heart representing how God completely forgives all our sins.

A band-aid to show how He heals us.

Money (candy for the little ones, as chocolate is much more motivating than dollar bills for them) to show how Christ paid the ransom price – redeeming us from utter destruction.

And a crown of hearts to show how God crowns us, surrounds us, encircles us with His steadfast love and compassion.

loved by God

from filthy to beautifully loved

And little hearts open easily to this love that is God.

And I can see us all following their lead – from filthy to beautifully loved.

Kids {Families} Memorizing Psalm 103“who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.” Psalm 103:3-4

Comments

  1. shelley quiroz says:

    I have put together a little craft for the kids modeled after your examples. We will glue the components you suggest on pink paper that I have typed out the memory verse on, adding valentine’s theme hearts and stickers to it. “Be Mine” and “I’m Yours” takes on a whole new meaning when we apply it to our relationship with our God. So excited to share this with the kiddos!

  2. Oh I wish my boys were younger so we could do these cute crafts together while memorizing scripture. You always have such great ideas and your kiddos look like they really enjoy it. :)

  3. What a simple idea with such strong devotion! I love the idea of the hearts and band aids, I often struggle that I’m making scripture too simple for the girls and that I’m taking out the most important parts. Thanks for this great idea!

  4. Jessica: I LOVE THIS! I have never done a big thing for Valentine’s Day but THIS is just perfect. And Psalm 103 is one of my favorites.

    Beautiful words, as always, friend!
    a

    • Thank you, Amanda!
      Memorizing Psalm 103 is changing my world – as God’s Word always does… not sure why I have to keep being reminded of that. ;)
      I appreciate you.
      ~Jessica

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