It’s a nightly ritual. With little ones tucked in tight, I enjoy a shower.
Quiet and long.
This is one place where I meet with my Lord. In this place, I can pour it all out before Him. Tears, anger, joy, brokenness, pain, praise, fears, love…
In this place there is no fear.
No fear of banging on the door screaming about the injustice done by her sister.
No fear of little hands in the toilet or emptying yet another packet of taco seasoning on the floor.
No fear of rejection.
No fear of condemnation.
This particular night was no exception. I was looking forward to the solitude as I stepped into the bathroom and found the note.
My soul is touched by her thoughtfulness and tears invade. Such a precious love note and it was for ME!
Behind me I hear her snicker. I turn to hug her and she says, “I know that you cry in the shower sometimes and I just wanted you to feel loved.”
For a moment, I forget all of the pain and impossible circumstances. I cherish the beauty in her heart. I can only thank God for carrying her through this valley and my heart swells with love for His blessing over her.
I wonder how she knows all of this, but decide not to ask. My mind is racing with all of the “what ifs” and “whys.”
Then she whispers a promise. Remember mommy,
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…Romans 8:28
My heart breaks and rejoices all at the same time over the fact that my 7 year old can quote that verse to me in this moment. I am in awe at how God has used the darkness to lead her to shine the Light. I think over all of the curriculum, books, and tapes out there to help guide her into a godly young woman and I realize it. Alone, they will never be enough. Only God can draw her close. Here in the darkness is where she will grow. I may not like it, but it’s not up to me. Here in the moments of a stormy life is where she will truly KNOW HIM because He is all she has.
Tell me about a time when someone blessed you with their words. How can we bless others? Do you find it difficult to trust God with your kids?
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