On a breeze

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One of many dandelions in our yard

This afternoon, in-between caring for the needs of a catapillar, Jackson discovered the joy of blowing white, puffy dandelions all over our yard. Lauren wanted to join the fun too, but her exploration ended when I realized she was eating the dandelion tufts.

As we watched those seeds being carried on the breeze, God brought my thoughts to His intentions for my life as His follower.

My life is not my own. I was bought with an extremely high price, and the way my life is spent is ultimately in God’s hands, not mine.
So as my Creater helps me to grow and mature, He desires me to give my life away and have His love and message flow through me to others.

Sometimes God achieves this purpose for my life by kicking up the wind around me. Gusts may rake over my life and frustrate my goals and plans. The breeze may knock down what I’ve been given or even take away what and who I hold dear. There will be times when understanding God is like trying to see where the wind came from and where it is going.

Maybe the breeze comes across our lives for the same reason as it does the dandelion. As the creation withstands the force around it, seeds are released to propel new life.

And as we endure life’s questions, heartaches and frustrations, God loosens His message of hope into  those around us, giving opportunity for others to find life’s purpose in Jesus.

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Jackson gets ready to blow his dandelion

Doctor

Dr. Jackson

After a doctor’s visit yesterday, Jackson was full of ideas and decided he wanted to become a doctor. Since I was the only other person in the house at the time who would sit still and play along, I became his patient. He looked in my ears, and at my throat. I even got a shot! Finally, he got out his stethoscope and “listened” to my heart.

“Mommy,” Jackson exclaimed, “I can hear your heart!!”

“What does it sound like?” I asked.

“Mommy, it is saying that you love me!” Jackson replied without skipping a beat.

His answer still makes my heart smile.

God loves me just like I love my Jackson. He desires for me to examine his eyes and see the world through His lenses. He invites me to hear His call and understand how He cares and responds to my prayers.

Jesus longs for me to climb up in his lap, listen to His heartbeat and feel the extent of His love.

This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His One and Only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

– I John 4:9-10