I often think about how my children are the image of God’s grace to me. Oh how many times I have felt completely unworthy to be the mother of these amazing human beings!
I look at them and am in awe at who they are and what I know they can become. Their gifts, and weaknesses, are very clear to me as their mother. Their potential is also very clear to me as well. So when I think about who they might become, that humbles my heart even more.
How could God entrust me with such an important task of training and raising up His precious creation?
My oldest daughter, beautiful to the eye, and beautiful in her heart. She is so incredibly funny, kind, and caring. She loves animals and every living creature. Unique in every way, I see someone who has influence and faith. Two great powerful qualities. Often all she needs to hear from me is “You did great!” and that’s enough to motivate her to try, and when she tries she is a powerful force!
Her words move mountains, and the only thing standing in her way is herself.
My middle child, my only son. Protector would be the word I would use explain him. For as long as I can remember he has been saving me from anything that might try to harm me, including runaway shopping carts in the parking lot that are clearly headed my way! So much courage, willing to stand in the face of danger to protect me without even giving it a second thought.
I see a mighty warrior who has the most amazing laugh, and the warmest smile. He is my brave little hero.
My youngest daughter, a princess through and through. Always the first one to greet you at the door with a hug, and the last one to give you a hug goodbye. I call her my hug bug. So full of compassion, understanding, and passion which can often be covered up by her fear. Often when I look at her it seems as though I am looking in a mirror. Oh how can I relate to her passion for life, for God, and also her fear.
I see a loving, nurturing, beautiful little girl who is ready to take care of everyone with a big warm smile and a nice big HUG!
You see when I look at my children and see this in them, I see God’s grace. My heart gets overwhelmed with love for them and I often want to hold them close never letting go. But God’s grace was never meant to be contained, it was never meant to be kept, it has always meant to be a gift that is to be given.
When my heart says HOLD TIGHT, my heart begins to try and control everything around me.
But when I let God’s grace go, then I learn what it means to share His grace with others.
We can’t hold His grace in our heart forever, it must flow out.
If we continue to hold onto to His grace with a closed fist we will never grow, and we will never learn what it truly means to walk in His grace with Faith moving past our fear.
God’s grace is a free gift given to us, and we need to also freely give grace to others. We will never be able to keep His grace boxed up forever, it must be released and it must be shared.
I can’t hold onto to my kids forever. God gifted me with them to train them up and one day send them off into the world to become all that HE created them to be.
My love for them was never meant to be contained in my heart, or even in my memories.
My love for them was always meant to be lived out with each new moment of each new day.
My love for them was meant to be given.
My kids are a reflection of God’s grace in my life, and every day when I walk in His grace, that is when my love for them pours out of my heart and into their life, and it is through God’s grace that they receive that love.
Love is selfless and it is constantly pursuing ways to bridge the gap of disconnection in the world. Love brings freedom, not only to us, but also to those around us. When we are walking in love we desire the best for people. In this four week mini Bible Study come and explore what unconditional love looks like in your life today.
This article is a repost. Original article was written in September of 2011.