Monday, February 14, 2011

Apply it to Me Monday

Happy Valentine's Day to all our readers!  We hope your day is truly wonderful, and most of all that you are surrounded by God's love.  The girls and I have had a fun morning of games.  They are so excited about Valentine's Day and the fact they get to wear pink frilly outfits to church tonight.  I thought I'd post pics for you just for fun.

The girls woke up to a little surprise on the table.
They are just now getting old enough to play some "real" games, so we thought this was the perfect way to get a collection started.

Seeing their excited faces is priceless!

Mmmm... Chocolate

Smiling for the camera

Aubrey gives that smile all she's got!  Too cute.

Sweet Kylee.  She always loves to be pretty.

Little Aubrey loves to be silly!

I don't know what it is about giving our little girls gifts that brings so much joy to our hearts.  We are always planning for the next birthday or holiday, and always having to narrow our list to decide what to get them because there is so much we want to do for them.  It seems we are willing to go to extremes to provide good things for our children.  Extremes that we would not go to for ourselves, but we don't think twice about it for our kids.  Reflecting on that reminds me of the verse in Matthew 7:11.  This passage is talking about asking and receiving from the Father.  This is what verse 11 says:

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!"

Sometimes I think it's easy for us to feel like God's time should only be taken for the big, desperate needs.  We turn to Him to heal cancer, or bring salvation to someone so lost, but we don't really think He wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives. 

When Kylee & Aubrey were born, we honestly never knew our hearts could hold so much love.  We knew we would love them, but the depth of that love is so indescribable.  If you have children of your own, then you know exactly what I'm talking about.  Imagine the depth of that love multiplied by thousands.  We cannot even begin to imagine how lavish God's love is for us.  We cannot even begin to imagine how His protective nature looks out for us.  And we think He's too great to be troubled with our small problems or needs?  The same way we desire for our children to come to us with their needs is the desire God has to be involved in every detail of our lives.  He's our Father.

Whatever you have need of this Valentine's Day, God wants to supply.  Whether it's healing from a life threatening disease, restoration in your marriage or your relationship with your children, or simply a sense that God sees you & has not forgotten you, He is available to meet that need!  All you have to do is ask, and invite God to be intimately involved in your life.  He loves you, dear one!  Oh, how He loves you!

Happy Love Day!
~Josh & Jill

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