disclaimer: as a mom i may from time to time share a funny story about one of my children... read on at your own risk.
this morning i used a tissue on my 14 month old david's nose and told him, "that's better." he took me by total surprise and answered back completely clearly, "that's bed-dar." both my husband bill and i cracked up laughing and i keep thinking about it all morning and start laughing all over again. every time david toddles back into the room, i ask him to say it for me again: "that's better david?"
being a mommy has given me so many opportunities like this to reflect on God's delight in us as His children. matt 7:11 describes this comparison of our earthly relationship with our children and God's relationship with us:
if you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
how much more amazing it is to me, having 3 beloved sons of my own and my youngest being named "beloved" in hebrew, that this perfect Father in heaven gave His only beloved begotten Son so that i could be adopted into His family if i would just believe in Him? this perfect love is such a mystery to me.
the beautiful picture above of my little beloved is courtesy of my dear friend and excellent photographer heather armstrong.