Our daughter and son-in-law allowed their oldest girl to spend the night with us Saturday.
The next morning Papa and Faye came out to see the animals while I was doing chores.
I was surprised by our male rabbit, he rarely lets anyone pet him, but as you can see, he sat quietly and let her.
She helped feed both bunnies, pet the sheep, and said “Hi” to the chickens before returning inside so we could prepare for church.
She was a little shy as people greeted her and sat between Auntie and myself during worship.
She wanted me to hold her for one song, tucking her head under my chin and grasping my arms with her tiny ones.
Once service began, Auntie (Anne) took her to the nursery.
The sermon was from 1 John and our pastor began with describing the love and trust his granddaughter has when her dad tosses her in the air.
That same love and trust I see in our grandchildren for their father.
It’s the same love we experienced while Faye was staying with us.
Like her joy and hugs when we got up in the morning.
Her smiles and cuddles when she came in from seeing the animals.
The kisses and hugs she gave each of us before she returned home with her parents.
These beautiful moments will be added to the string of cherished memories I have of our precious little girl.
One of my favorite memories, during her infancy, is when I’d walk her to sleep, then sit in the rocker and enjoy holding her while she slept.
I feel so blessed to have these times with her, and am inspired by her.
Her gift of love is a blessing and she loves, because we first loved her.
And in turn, I love because Jesus first loved me.
1 John 4:19 KJV — We love him, because he first loved us.
This gift of love from God is meant to be shared.
And I’m taking the example of our granddaughter in how to love.
I want to love God with perfect trust in Him.
1 John 4:18 NKJV — There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Because I am safe in the salvation of my Lord Jesus, I can lavishly love without restraint.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your love. Thank You for our grandchildren and how much I learn from them. Lord, thank You for our children and the things I’m still learning from them. Lord, thank You for Your love and how far You went to bestow Your love upon us. Today, I want to love You as my granddaughter loves, without restraint, without worry. Lord, I want to learn to trust You as a little child. For I know You are worthy of my trust! You are worthy of all my praise. Your Word is truth and Your salvation is eternal life. What do I have to fear when my soul is safe in You? Nothing but You do I want to revere. Lord Jesus, thank You for showing me the gift of love. I’m unworthy of it, but I’m so thankful for it! I love You, Jesus. Amen.