The apple of His eye

Wow! Am I ever “it” …”the one & only”…”the living end”…”the love of his life” and “the apple of his eye”……

Being a mother to a precious new baby is certainly good for ones self esteem.  When I walk into the room he simply can not take his eyes off of me.  A contagious smile spreads across his face and he squeals with delight!  He can’t get enough of me and never tires of being with me.  bw-beth.jpgHe finds pure joy & delight  in this strong willed, obstinate, opinionated, flabby, hopelessly flawed, middle aged woman  that he only sees as his awesome, cherished and beautiful Mommy. 

This morning I found myself battling aches & pains in my back (from an injury earlier this month), feeling extremly tired as well as overwhelmed by the week looming ahead of me and a bit melancholy while contemplating the absence of my eldest daughter who will celebrate her 18th birthday this week…6000 miles away from home (& me!).  As I glumly headed back to my room to get Sir Daniel Guy out of his crib (while mentally berating myself for not getting up early enough to start a much needed exercise regimen),  an amazing thing happened!  As he looked up at me with awe in his big beautiful blue eyes and as a huge smile spread across his face, all my aches & pains, overwhelming feelings, negative thoughts and heartache melted away and I felt my spirits lift and my heart sing! I was instantly transformed by his exuberant & unconditional love.  Everything about life seemed better and brighter under the adoration of this child. I confidently walked out of that room with praise on my lips, a smile on my face and a positive confidence to take on the day and week ahead of me!

If only we could all tap into this type of transformation on a daily basis wouldn’t life be just wonderful?  We could shake off our nagging feelings of incompetence, worthlessness or unattractiveness and confidently know that we are valuable and lovely just the way we are. We all struggle with negative thoughts and feelings that paralyze us and stop us from being our best, doing incredible things and living a fulfilling life.  If only we could replace the negative in our lives with the positive confidence that comes from joyful, unconditional love and acceptance.

We can!  You see we have a heavenly Father who thinks we are “it” …”the one & only”…”the living end”…”the love of His life” and “the apple of His eye”!  Read what He says about us –

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.”  Psalm 139:17-18

“He kept him as the apple of His eye.”  Deuteronomy 32:10

“The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

 “Lord….Your lovingkindness to me is better than life.” Psalm 63:3

“the Lord appeared saying, I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3

Read those wonderful words often, believe them, memorize them, recite them. Picture the Lord smiling down upon you with joy & rejoicing over you with singing.  Let the love of God pour into your heart and life and transform your  negative thoughts and feelings, your heartaches & headaches and your worries & weaknesses into everyday living with a positive outlook, confidence, contentment & joy.

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Baby blessings of wide eyed wonder, contagious smiles, deep belly giggling and squeals of joy to you all today,

Beth &  Sir Daniel Guy

 

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4 responses to “The apple of His eye

  1. Nancy Holte

    Wow Beth, you don’t know me but I’m privileged to receive your Monday Motivations. I’ve been working on a Bible teaching on how much God loves us and your words today just fit right into my thoughts for the teaching. You are a gifted writer. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Hi Beth. You don’t know me – I’m just browsing and your blog is one of the most popular, so I clicked. What an adorable little guy! LOL He’s precious!!
    I can relate with your missing your daughter – my son is 21 and off doing his thing – I miss him too! Sigh….oh, a mother’s love. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. LaDonna

    Beth,

    A very encouraging website. You can tell the “children” are the “apples of their mother’s eye”. Truly God has blessed both you and Dan. Congratulations on Daniel Guy, what a sweetheart.

    You have been a “blessing” to many along your journey….keep up the good work, don’t loose hope or grow weary in doing well!

  4. veronica

    oh my goodness, what a refreshing thought of a mother of ten who at times wonders what she was ever thinking and then looks to the littlest of a meer 2 months and as he looks gazing into my eyes and that little smile and open awed look comes i think thank you Lord for Blessing ME!!!
    Me a woman unworthy of such unconditional love. THANK YOU…for loving me so much to bless me with such delight a child. thank you beth…

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