So I forgot that today is Thursday. I mean, I knew it was Thursday, but my car died this week so our schedule has been all wonky and I just forgot that it was blogging day.
Anyway! I recently had a conversation with my children that really underscored the gulf between our upbringing. We were talking about how you know if God is saying something to you, so I was sharing about my Bible study from that morning. The thing that really hit me out of my Bible study at the time was a statement by Beth Moore: “Love cannot be offered when we perceive ourselves as unloved.” She finished off by saying that we need to practice the mindset of being profusely loved by God (Children of the Day, 21).
I really love that idea–that it’s a matter of practice. I’ve been trying to view my circumstances through that lens. For instance, I could panic over my car dying. But I’ve actually been feeling pretty chill this week. God can totally take care of our car situation. And because He loves us profusely, He will.
So I shared all that with my girls and their reaction was basically “Well, duh! Of course you’re loved. Why would you need to practice thinking that?” It really made me quite cheerful that my children have no doubts about their belovedness to the point that they can’t even fathom having doubts. I realize those will probably come up when they hit puberty, but it’s nice that they’re grounded for now.
Belovedness really does change things. It’s like my tai chi instructor likes to say all the time: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” When I live out of the knowledge of my belovedness, I don’t have to worry about pretty much anything. I’m pretty sure one of the main differences between trauma and adventure is knowing that the event will have a happy ending. Because we’re God’s beloved children, we can know that whatever circumstances we’re experiencing, they have a happy ending.
What circumstances are you going through that you can utilize to practice the mindset of being profusely loved?