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Close-up of a sleeping infant

He’s been traveling a challenging road–one shared by more people than we’d care to admit.  And my heart has shattered into a thousand small pieces time and again when I’ve realized I cannot–nor could I ever–protect, rescue, or guarantee a painless and perfect childhood for my son.

And the question hangs heavy in the air.  How could a child who is loved thoroughly and prayed over constantly be thrust into the hands of Someone intending him harm?  My mother’s heart lacks understanding and I struggle with God just as Jacob wrestled with the Lord.  And while rolling in the dirt I cry out for mercy for my child.

When I rise up–aching, bruised, humbled–I realize the weight of this struggle will always be part of my life, my husband’s life, my child’s life–carried about as a reminder.  A reminder that belonging to Him neither exempts myself nor these young ones I love from hardship or pain.  A reminder that He is greater than all of it.

I can’t see beyond the rocks or debris scattered across the path, but the God who gifted my life with this precious one knows this road.  He walked it himself as The Carpenter’s Son.  And now?  Now he is going ahead of and behind my child–His child–to protect, rescue, and guarantee a perfect Eternal Someday for him.

 

Scripture for Reflection

4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.  (Psalm 139:4-6)

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Chinese Quadruplets Get Numbers Haircut to Tell Them Apart

In a moment of clarity–or desperation–mom took things into her own hands.  She clipped, trimmed, and stood back to view her work.  There before her stood four little boys–each with a numeral cut into his hair.  Nobody would mistake number one for number four!  No more mistaken identities or unfair disciplinary action.

The story was amusing, but I was reminded of God’s involvement in the lives of those He created.  Friend, He never mistakes one of His children for another.  Scripture affirms His attention to your every thought and need–even to the very number of hairs on your head.  You are His distinctive, beloved child and He rejoices when He thinks of you.

Scripture for Reflection

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise;  you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely,O Lord.

5 You hem me in—behind and before;  you have laid your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.  (Psalm 139:1-6)

Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  (Luke 12:7)

Article about quadruplets

http://www.i4u.com/51517/chinese-quadruplets-get-numbers-haircut-tell-them-apart

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Mother Holding Child's Hand

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In a world that applauds Barbie-doll beauty and the bottom line, it’s easy to feel ordinary…unimportant…not worth noticing.  You’ve felt it, too.  I’ve seen it in your eyes.  Heard it in your voice.

Today, I want you to remember that you are uniquely made (Psalm 139:13-16  NIV).  The One who created everything placed His fingerprints on your heart and soul.

Today, I want you to remember that you were created for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10  NIV) by a loving God who has plans for your life (Jeremiah 29:11  NIV).

Today, I want you to remember that you are precious and invaluable to the Creator of everything.  He would give it all up for you alone!  (Isaiah 43:4 MSG

You are extraordinary.  You are made for a purpose.  You are worth so much that He gave His life for you.  You are beautiful.

 

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