When I was in elementary school, we used to pick teams at recess. The teacher would line us up, pick 2 captains and allow them to pick who they wanted to be on their team. During this process there was always one child left at the very end…the one that no one chose to be on their team. Belonging. It’s a need we all have deep inside. We want to belong. When my kids were little, I read a parenting book once that gave me some of the best parenting advice I have ever found. Tell your kids you choose them. Tell them they belong. The author gave some examples on how to accomplish this, and I began using one of those examples. Ellie is 10 and so I periodically say to her, “Ellie, if God lined up all the ten year old girls in the world and told me I could pick just one, do you know who I would pick”? She usually smiles a silly smile and then I say, “I would pick you every time”. Now, listen, I by no means am in the running for mother of the year, but this little tip has really encouraged my kids and brought us closer together, because they know that Bryan and I choose them. We want them and isn’t that something we can all relate to? In the gospel of John 15 we read these words from Jesus, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last”. What comfort it is to know that we are wanted by our Lord and Savior. He created us, He loves us, He chose us. Thanks for reading today! ~Joy
I Choose You!
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I love this post!It took me years to really sink in that God loved me that much to choose me.A lot of this was because of my disfunctioal family.I am so glad I am chosen! Hazel Whitley
Thanks for the reminder that God chose me and God chose you. He chooses us individually. It is especially comforting just before Valentine’s day otherwise known as “Single Awareness Day.” It would be nice to have a man to choose me as his Valentine, but God has already chosen me.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”(Isaiah 45:3)
“For your Maker is your husband– the LORD Almighty is his name– the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.” (Isaiah 54:5)
Thanks again for the encouragement. It’s interesting how one thought leads to another. Your thoughs caused me to think of a verse I thought was in Isaih, but I searched and never could find it. I found the other encouraging verses listed above instead. Happy Valentine’s Day.
Great Idea of what you are doing.Stay in touch,