Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Baby Love

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by His Table For Two!  Reservations are not required...our door is always open, and He always has a place set for you!  Today I am delighted that my friend Heather is guest posting!  She is a gracious hostess, and we are delighted you are here!

The Beals Family 

"Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God ~ for God is love. God showed how much He loved us by sending His only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son as a sacrifice to take away our sins." 1 John 4:7-10

 Hannah Joy

It was a simple sticky note.


Stuck to my Bible on my nightstand. And it said,
"I'm not your baby anymore. But I still love you, mama."

I rubbed it gently between my fingers fighting my hot cheeks and imminent tears, as I grappled with the reality that my sweet kindergartner was beginning to show her independence and ability. I thought back to earlier in the day when I lovingly and with great affection answered my youngest with the words, "Yes, baby." Obviously, my gently used moniker for our little one left her feeling less than great. Compelled to tell me the truth, she left the note to make her point. How often does God point out the truth, painful as it is...always ending with, BUT I STILL LOVE YOU. A precious message and life lesson I received from my tender child that day.

This child...a child whom love escaped for quite a time. Living in an orphanage the first eleven months of her life, thrust into a new home, new world, new family. Not yet ready to love with full abandon, she eased her way into commitment and attachment.

Slowly, like a flower opening petal by petal, she grew and emerged, blossoming into the loving girl I now see. I adored her before I ever knew her; she had reason to doubt love. She has taught me daily about God's the threshold of parenting, we can most closely feel that unconditional love God has shown us in the love we hold for our children. It is possibly one of the finest representations of that original love that we can find. He loved us before we loved Him. 

It is the simple truth.

As a toddler, our daughter held onto raw emotions, causing us to seek deeper, stronger, more passionately God's truths and how to parent her without shattering her beautiful spirit. The first time she uttered the words, "I love you Mama", she held my face in her little hands. She was two and a half and we were visiting my older daughter's school as they rehearsed for the winter concert. Literally, a choir of angels sang as she melted into my own frame. I have to believe that my rejoicing resembles that of the Lord's each time a new son or daughter receive Him lovingly into their hearts. Oh how He must dance!

May it be that in gladness, sadness, truthfulness, and life, we can accept God's instruction and guidance all the while knowing BUT HE STILL LOVES US.

Is God speaking to you or has He spoken to you?  Has He whispered to you truth, perhaps painful to bear?  Let that not discourage you, rather encourage you as you grow in your relationship with Him.  Seek His truths, knowing full well He loves you with a love uncompromising, unyielding, unlike anything else we can ever experience.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your love.  Thank You for Your truths.  Lord, help my heart be open to both. May my eyes see clearly what You need me to see and may my heart seek to love as You do.  May it be that simple, Lord and when it is not, please remind me that Yyou are there, beside me, loving me through each moment as only You can do.  Amen.

"God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." Romans 5:8

© 2012 by Heather Beals. All rights reserved. 


Erika said...

Beautifully written Heather. I love your family picture. Do your girls ever NOT have a smile on their faces? I guess with you as their mom they can't help it.
Love ya!

Maria said...

Wow, so beautiful! I was in tears from the moment I saw the beautiful pictures all the way through every word. I thank the Lord for people like you that selflessly take a step of faith into the world of adoption. My heart is to one day be able to change a little life forever, just as you have. May the Lord continue to bless your family!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Heather, that was powerful. God does love us......anyway......unconditionally, unwaveringly. How grateful I am for that and for your reminder of that today. I really need that reminder...every day! So flawed yet so covered by His love and grace. Keep writing! Keep using that gift, Girl!!!
Much love, jenn : ) xoxo

Sharon Sloan said...

Heather ~ I love that God put Hannah Joy in your family, and your family in Hannah Joy!!!

I LOVE how God loves us perfectly. He loves us through our goofs and our need for do-overs (sometimes that is several times a minute for me!).

Baby Love! Faith like a child in our amazing God!