Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Do you know how much I love you?"

We are spending our days lately laughing at a certain chatty little three year old. I am confident that God makes three year olds extremely hilarious for at least fifty percent of time so that we moms survive this crazy stage of staunch independence.

And oh, do I have an independent one.

She's not the first three year old in the history of the world to behave this way. But she sure does give this momma a run for her money. The determined, passionate characteristics she possesses will one day serve her quite well, I'm just sure of it. Until then, she has several opportunities a day to learn how to channel all of those passions into something productive for society.

And we do a lot of praying. :)

But oh, those moments of hilarity. This girl is funny. She reminds me a lot of her Aunt Stephanie. My sister... the funny one... who performed magic shows when she was just a little older than Tess, with her shy older sister (me!) as her assistant. Haha. Being funny did not come as naturally to me as it did to Steph. So I would hand her the magic wand while she stole the show with her one liners and crater-like dimples.


Some of Tess's funniest moments come through listening to her chat the day away. As her vocabulary expands to more complex words, she gets a kick out of hearing herself talk. Nonstop. What a storyteller! My favorite phrases lately have to do with her misuse of the word "soaking". She has heard us say over and over things like, "Your hair is soaking wet." Because "soaking" translates in her mind to mean "very" or "really", we hear her use the word like this:

"I am soaking hungry, Mom...", or

"He is soaking bothering me."

Obviously said with much girl drama.

She also walks around and makes you stop whatever you're doing so she can crawl up onto you, grab your cheeks with both of her chubby hands and say, "Do you know how much I love you?"

Talk about stopping a busy momma in her tracks.

She knows this phrase well, because she gets disciplined a lot. And after she's cried and tries to feel remorse and has served her consequence, I bend down, put my hands on her sweet chipmunk cheeks and say,

"Do you know how much I love you?"

And she shakes her head "yes" through her tears.

As I was reading in Ephesians this morning, I could almost hear God saying those same words to me. To say that I was stopped in my tracks would be pretty accurate. This book of the Bible starts out with powerful phrases like:

He has "blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ..."

"...He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world..."

"He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ..."

What powerful words. The Creator of the universe blesses me with every spiritual blessing. He chose me, even in my independence much worse than that of a three year old. He has adopted me as His child, through no good merit of my own. He loves me in spite of myself.

What overwhelming thoughts that make me fall on my knees in gratitude.

Are you struggling with feeling worth today? Stop for a moment and let the words of Ephesians soak deep into your heart, and hear God say to you,

"Do you know how much I love you?"


The Laidlaws said...

Thanks for your encouragement, Whitney! I decided to join in the end! (^_^)

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Soaking funny! But also a beautiful post. It is unimaginable how God loves us so much in spite of ourselves! A wonderfully blessed new year to you and your family! Patsy from

Courtney Lynn said...

Found your blog through Good Morning Girls! I really enjoyed this post... I have a 5 year old daughter and 12 year old son, and boy, did this post remind me of my sweet girl about 2 years ago! I giggled at the mention of everything being "soaking"... too cute! My favorite part of the post though was your reference to Ephesians. Aren't we so blessed to have a God that gives us precious 3 year olds (or children at any age!) and His loving grace and mercy each day? :)

Tänia said...

You brought tears to my eyes this morning! WOW! What a beautiful example of God's love and I love that you see such joy in your three year old! She is a doll baby! Thank you for sharing today and I look forward to many more visits here. Glad you are a part of GMG!

Tänia of Simply God's Girl