Monday, July 28, 2008
Mommy-Daughter Day:) Part 2
Yesterday I wrote about the wonderful day I had with my daughter Hayley Grace. We went on a picnic with a good friend and her daughter. In this picture, you see me with the beautiful girls, Sydney and Hayley Grace. It was just good to get away with "the girls". I asked Hayley Grace what she liked so much about "Mommy-Daughter Day" and she said, "well, I just like spending time with you." So simple. Simple.
Do you think that maybe our relationship with God is like that?
I know I don't have to earn Hayley Grace's love. She's in love with me because I'm her mommy. She adores me. And I adore her too. There's nothing she can do to change that. I may try to do many things to make her happy, like: buy her a candy treat, take her to see Hannah Montana, let her stay up late on Friday night, make her favorite meal, help her with her homework, give her special attention, or allow her to have friends over. She likes all these things. But what does she like the most about me? She likes to spend time with me. Simple.
When we went on our picnic Sunday, that's exactly what the day was all about. Spending time with Mommies, Daughters, and Friends. No frills. No special purchases. Just spending time.
And the night before, it was the same way. The Hannah Montana Concert was on TV. What was Hayley Grace's favorite part? "I liked that my mommy danced with me while we watched it."
And here we are again. The photographer (Jeff) is in the loft taking the picture from the top. Did you know that you look thinner if you are looking up than down? Ha! That's why I used this picture here:)
I think it's the same way with our Father. We can do a lot of special services and special things for Him. But I think He really relishes our time with Him the most. Simple. Time. What more precious commodity do we have than time?
I enjoy making memories with Hayley Grace. I also enjoy making memories with God.
I truly believe that the Lord just wants some simple time with me. Often I try to complicate it. I think I have to have a perfect life to show Him. I think I need to bring Him an offering or pray a certain way. I think I need to do something really cool and special for Him. But I don't really. He just wants my time. Simply my time. My heart. My real true feelings. Time. Simple. Time. He loves me for who I am, not for what I do. "Just spend some time with Me, Melissa." That's what I hear Him saying.
This week, I want to give the Lord my time. Nothing else. Just my time. And He will be pleased with just that.
Over the past week, I've focused a lot on hearing from God. On letting go of the past. On being able to move on. This week, I just want to commit to spending time with the Lord. No expectations. Just simple time with God. I don't expect anything from Him and He doesn't expect anything from me.
Join me won't you? We've been through a lot of c_ap in our lives. We don't need to stay there. In fact we can't stay there. So, let's take the first step. Just "be" with God. No expectations. Just simple time with God.
He cares. He loves you. He made you for crying out loud! And just like Hayley Grace likes spending time with me, I think God likes spending time with you (and me).
Now, go spend some time with the One Who made you!
You are so beautiful and precious to Him.