…blinking back tears: a true story

My daughter is a thinker and sometimes she asks me questions……….

“Mommy, if God knows everything from beginning to end, why does He want us to pray?” 
I’m driving and I glance at her and my two boys in the rearview mirror…..
It was one of those moments when I KNEW that I wanted to have scripture to quote, that I wanted to be more eloquent than ever, to stun them with my knowledge and hope they remember what an (inpressively :D) Godly mom they had…..

Lord, please help me say the right thing, what YOU would have them to know right now…….

but  here’s what came out:


Because He loves you more than you could ever imagine and even though He knows what you are going to pray for , say and do, He wants to be part of  it. He wants a relatiopnship with you because He does….

(all THREE little faces watching me in the rearview mirror with rapt attention)

Imagine that He thought of YOU before the dawn of time.
He imagined you, every part of your being down to the smallest detail.  Not only did He imagine you,
think of you,
think about you ….

He created you in the perfect time.

You are His work of art.  You are a masterpiece, completed by the Master artist.

You are the “signature of the divine.”

Every part of you was known.  Your  amazing gifts and strengths are to use to bring Him glory with your life……
He’ll delight in you……..

the struggles, the flaws
those will be used to show you
His strength and
His love as
He uses them to draw you close…….

So, do you think He went to all of the trouble of fearfully and wonderfully creating you just to cut you loose?

Don’t you think He probably maintains an interest in His work of art?
He wants you to pray because what really is praying? 
Just talking. 
He just wants for you to talk with Him
to make Him part of your waking
your walking
your talking,
your sleeping
because He WANTS you. Loves you. Extravagantly. Hopelessly. Perfectly.
He knows you infinitely better than you will ever know yourself and
He loves you not because of anything you can do or say
because He does.
He loves you.
As I finished, with tears in my eyes I looked in the rearview mirror and was surprised to see my age 8 son, with tender heart, blinking back tears……….
I didn’t press him. I left him to look out his window and ponder.  What was he pondering?
I couldn’t help but wonder………
I think what pricked his heart about what I said was something that we are all seeking from birth to death……..
2 things, actually…
our heart’s longing to be  loved. loved perfectly. warts and all.

our heart and mind’s longing to know that we are significant

To Be Continued………….

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  1. What a beautiful response…and one I’m sure they won’t forget!

  2. Very well said!

  3. I probably wouldn’t have been able to get it all out without blubbering. Said perfectly as if God’s very own words went through your mouth. :O)

  4. You made my own eyes well up with tears…beautiful truth, my friend…simply breath-taking!

  5. Awesome! Sarah your an amazing Mommy!

  6. What an awesome response. I think you answered the question perfectly.

  7. Amen.

  8. I think it’s really amazing how a question from a child brought this response…because it’s true, we want to give good answers! Also, it can provoke us to ask our Father plain and simple questions. He certainly wants to answer His child =)

  9. Beautiful! 🙂

  10. Beautifully said, Sara 🙂

  11. awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. oh wow, you are amazing!
    I wish I had a faith to believe those things and tell them to my kids, but alas no.
    keep it up, just imagine the wonder you have started in their minds!

  13. What a wonderful reply. It really shows how much you truely value & love your children.

    I really admire your faith. Even makes me wish that I could find something to believe in.

  14. That was amazing to read 🙂 WOW!

  15. God’s perfect timing. through your mouth his tender words. I am not sure if you planned it but having John Mark Mcmillan “how he loves” is perfect with this blog post. thank you for sharing!

  16. Hello! I’ve come to visit you and always surprise me positively. Nice post.

    May your days be sweet like honey
    Kiisses and Peace

  17. Definitely a beautiful response. Isn’t it amazing what comes out when we speak with our hearts?

  18. wonderfully beautiful & just what I needed to read this morning, really. thank you.

  19. beautiful Sara! You are changing lives. xoxo

  20. Absolutely gorgeous…touched my heart in a huge way, again… 🙂

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