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. He 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.
Baby blessings of wide eyed wonder, contagious smiles, deep belly giggling and squeals of joy to you all today,
Beth & Sir Daniel Guy