Moms, This is How God Feels About You

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The day was classically sunny and warm. The grass in the yard was more coarse than the turf we were accustomed to but our bare feet had access to it and therefore it was prized.

Thailand was always a breathe of sweet relief to me and my little family. It meant time with co-workers who understood the struggles of life on the mission field. It was a country of freedom in the midst of restrictive ones.

Deep exhale.

I joined other young moms out on the lawn that day, my belly hefty with number three, hoping the first two were being watched by their dad and not just the geckos. A pastor’s wife had traveled halfway around the world to encourage us and she had our ears.

She read some words that I had never noticed before. It was a magical introduction and those words waltzed into my tired heart.

The long chapter of Isaiah 40 covers a lot of ground and hidden in the middle is this verse:

He takes care of his people like a shepherd.
He gathers them like lambs in his arms and carries them close to him.
He gently leads the mothers of the lambs.

Did you hear his words?

Maybe you have read that God is our shepherd in Psalms and that idea may not be brand-spanking new. But did you catch that last part, moms? He is not only kind and near to his people but he has something special to say to one particular group of people: moms of littles.

He gently leads the mothers of the lambs.

God wants you to know that he is especially gentle towards you.

Let those words be aromatherapy for your exhausted self. Personally, I’m partial to the smell of citrus and vanilla and that thought smells just as sweet.

He gently leads the mothers of the lambs.

We can be harsh with ourselves, can’t we?
How many guilt trips have you ridden for the anger or the sarcasm escaping your mouth?
How many eye rolls have you given yourself when the house looks like a hot snarled mess?
How many dinner hours or bedtimes do you regret because of short-term solutions?

Good news! God is not grumpy or snarky or impatient with you.

His voice is gentle, his reminders are gentle, his directions are given in a gentle way. Kindness, not ridicule is his theme. Soft-spoken, not harsh, is his tone.

He understands the stress of raising little tornadoes. He knows the big attitudes and the short attention spans and the over-flowing diapers. He sees the late nights and early mornings; the terrible twos and the the saucy threes; the jam smears, dirty laundry and tiny Barbie shoes permanently lost in the carpet.

You won’t see his head shaking or his finger wagging. What we receive from our Parent is tender compassion.

Some of us need to sit on this concept every day until it becomes part of our permanent view of God. The most important person in our world is not critical of us but is soft-hearted.

That is what God feels when he is with you, Amazing Mom.

God is gentle with you.

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