Jesus Loves Me
One of the first hymns we learn as children is Jesus Loves Me. As I have grown older, this song means so much more to me. The truth in these 41 words ring truer now that I have walked with Him for over 20 years.
I sang this song to my two daughters as I took turns rocking them to sleep at nap time today. I sang it slow and lingered on the words.
Jesus loves me, this I know.
Do I really know? Am I confident in this? I think my life would look a little different if I knew for sure that my Jesus loves me. I wouldn’t worry so much about not being included in other mom’s groups. I wouldn’t be upset that my husband doesn’t bring me flowers every day or plans dates for us every weekend. I wouldn’t feel like failure every. single. day because of SO many of my mom fails. If I knew for sure and rested in the fact that Jesus loves me, I would trust a little more…..give a little more…..be content a little more…..rest a little more. Rest in His love today dear momma. Know it.
For the Bible tells me so.
How can I can know He loves me? His Word whispers through the pages. Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved. The theme of God’s plan, His redemption plan is love. Rest, dear mother, when your heart is tired of the unending job of mothering. Rest in His Word. He loves you. Believe it because it is true. He is true.
Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong.
Jesus not only loves me, He holds me. His arms uphold me. Psalm 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand. There is a lie that says: “You are enough, dear mommas.” But it isn’t true. Without Jesus, I can’t do it all. I could never do enough. But Jesus. He is strong enough. His strength will carry me through the witching hour when I just can’t wait until my husband comes homes. His strong arms will cradle me at night when I dread the morning and all of the demands again. When the dawn arrives too early for my tired, weary body, I can rely on His strength. Stop striving. Stop living so hard in your own strength dear mother. You will fall, even when you are trusting. Be Still. Rest. His arms are there to provide the strength. Rest in His strength today.
Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me – the Bible tells me so.
Do you need to say it three times? Fifty times? A hundred times? Do it. Say it over and over until your heart believes and your mind can rest: He loves you. He holds you. He strengthens you. Live your life based on this truth.
Say it when the kids are climbing into your bed at 6am.
Say it when you are tired of fixing meals (please, someone tell me why they have to eat 3 times a day!?)
Say it when you hear the whining, the fighting, and the yelling.
Say it when your body can’t take it and you just want to crawl into your bed for a whole day.
Say it when all the good days seem far and few between.
Jesus loves me.
Say it and rest in it.
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