birthday and life madness. I am sure when I emerge in May, I will be more in need of a vacation than ever. Ha!
Last week one of my sis in law's was planning to come hang out in between doctor apts., to kill some time, and I said, "Oh goody, I need to snap a few photos of a willing subject...bring that kiddo of yours over!!" She showed up with my niece in tow and I loved how she hurled her little four year old self into my arms with a delighted smile. There is nothing quite as adorable as that childlike adoration, is there? She will still reach up for me at this age and want to be picked up and held. And when it was time to go, (she strongly voiced her opinion that staying put at Auntie Sasha's house was her first choice) I held her for a goodbye hug. She wrapped her little arms and legs around me and clung tightly as her mama and I chatted in front of the door. She stayed like that in my arms, with her head on my shoulder, for several minutes and my heart melted.
After they drove away I spent some time editing her darling photos and thinking about the concept of childlike faith. That hurtling ourselves into the Father's arms. How it must delight Him when we don't want to leave His presence. When we want to wrap our arms and legs bodily, around His truth and His love and just stay and sway in His arms. I've been trying to make a point to be a little more like that in God's company lately and the joy that floods my heart is overwhelming.
No matter what the rest of the day holds, there is nothing quite like throwing ourselves into His care and His love and simply being "HELD," is there? How encouraging is that?!
"The LORD protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and then he saved me. Now I can rest again, for the LORD has been so good to me. He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. And so I walk in the LORD's presence as I live here on earth! I believed in you, so I prayed, "I am deeply troubled, LORD." In my anxiety I cried out to you, "These people are all liars!" What can I offer the LORD for all he has done for me? I will lift up a cup symbolizing his salvation; I will praise the LORD's name for saving me. I will keep my promises to the LORD in the presence of all his people. The LORD's loved ones are precious to him; it grieves him when they die. O LORD, I am your servant; yes, I am your servant, the son of your handmaid, and you have freed me from my bonds"
Oh and I'm sharing a super easy and cute St. Patrick's day kid surprise from last year over on this blog, here! Would so welcome your support and comments on this fun new venture if you had a minute to pop in!