In the day to day battle don’t forget the magic.

Many of you know that Jana and I now have three granddaughters.
The two oldest, Adiya and Niah, whose parents are Mike and Charis Vogel.
And August 19 Elise Claire was born to Joel and Emily Malm.

Joel recently posted a blog about being a new parent. I thought you might not only enjoy the encouragement of his message but also might like to be reminded of the magic and mystery you first felt when you entered this marvelous world of parenting.

It’s easy to get so caught up in keeping up that we forget to take a few moments to marvel at this gift of God – our children. So flash back with me to those early days as Joel reminds us of what a special treasure it is to be a parent.

From Joel
My little daughter Elise just completed six weeks on the planet. I know I’m in the early phases of a class I’ll be taking the rest of my life – parenthood – but here are three things that really took me by surprise right from the start.

  1. It’s amazing how you can love something so much that has done absolutely nothing for you. I think about her all the time. I get so excited to see her growing and getting stronger.
  2. When I see my daughter in pain I feel tremendous pain for her. I see her crying because her stomach hurts and all I want to do is help her.
  3. This kid costs a lot of money. But I’m going to do anything I can to make sure she is provided for. The joy she brings me is pretty much worth any price.

So now I’m going to try to make a deep point, but I’m certain I can’t actually do this justice. But here’s my best shot.

As I reflect on the three things I’ve learned up there I can’t help but get a new perspective on God.

I think about Jesus’ words: If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matt. 7:11

If I feel those feelings toward my daughter, how much more must God feel them? But he feels it in a perfect, complete way. He loves perfectly. Not only that, he has all the resources to provide everything his kids need.

When I start doubting God and get afraid I’ve decided the best thing I can do is hold my little girl close. I’m sure she’ll love it, but more than that I think it’ll serve to remind me that God loves me perfectly just like I am. He feels my pain. He will provide for all I need.

And that gives me all the confidence I need to live courageously. Dad is watching out for me.

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