February Perspective|Daddy Loves Me/Jesus Loves Me!

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Yes, Jesus loves me—the Bible tells me so! 

 I still love to sing the familiar childhood song, Jesus Loves me. God calls me His child and I am forever loved by Him. It makes me think of my youngest daughter Jessica. I would often hear her singing this throughout the house when she was young.  She was Daddy’s little girl but also had an awareness that she was a loved child of her Heavenly Father.  As God’s children, we are just that. Children.

We will never have all the answers on this side of heaven. But we have a God who reveals Himself and His glory in and through our lives as we experience His love and mercy to us. The Bible tells us that: “In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses according to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon us” (Ephesians 1:7). He chooses to have a relationship with us. He wants us to enjoy our child/father relationship with Him.

I Love my Daddy

I helped Jessica make a birthday book for Joe when she was five-years-old. She described many of the ways she enjoyed being with him.  She pasted pictures we found of her and Joe in her handmade book. The captions read:

  • I love to cuddle with my Daddy.
  • I love to lay by my Daddy.
  • I love to be on my Daddy’s shoulders.
  • I like to be strong like my Daddy!
  • I love to golf with my Daddy!
  • I love it when Daddy pulls me on a sled!
  • I love my Daddy and He loves me! 

Jess had a strong relationship with her Daddy. Being with Joe brought her peace, joy, and security just as Jesus’ presence in my life does if I spend time with Him.

Daddy Loves me

Spurred on by something that had happened at school in third grade, Jessica asked me if God still loved us even when we didn’t love Him back. I answered by reminding her about how she would greet Joe with a hug when he came home from work. She loved hearing about what he did during the day and then she would tell him about her day and possibly about something she had learned. Jess loved sitting on his lap. As she jabbered on and on, Daddy listened with an attentive ear. Daddy loved her. Jess also loved Daddy. Often, she would sit in silence next to him or on his lap and simply enjoy being with him. She knew that he also loved being with her. Daddy’s presence brought her peace and security.

I then contrasted how she might ignore him, never to climb on his lap, acting as if he wasn’t there. But obviously, he was. I assured her that He would still love her and that she would still be his little girl; always belonging to him. The only difference was that she wouldn’t know much about him. She would also be unaware of how much he loved her.

How can it be any different with our Heavenly Father and us? When we know how loved we are by God, we gain a sense of peace and confidence. Without this assurance, we can easily become imprisoned by insecurities and self-absorption. This so often leads to seeking acceptance and approval in unhealthy ways.

Jessica was assured of how loved she was not only by her earthly Daddy but her Heavenly father as well. Knowing this truth enabled her to reach out to others with confidence.

When a small child falls down or feels sad, a simple look of reassurance from Daddy is all they need to know that everything is okay. A gentle smile or an affirming word brings peace. That’s what God does through His Word and presence. We can trust God when we know how much He loves us.

Pure Trust

Joe often uses the example of when the kids were little. He would set them on a countertop or some higher platform and, like many fathers do, hold out his hands and encourage them to leap into his arms. “Jump!”  Without hesitation, they would cast themselves into the air knowing he would catch them. This is a picture of pure trust. A trust that comes from knowing how loved we are.

Our Heavenly Father asks us, His children,  to trust Him with our lives as well. Pure trust. A belief, security, a sense of peace and confidence that He is in control and holds our future in His hands. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so. 

As much as I have wanted my sorrow to end, I recognize that my peace and confidence depend not on getting over my pain and out of my valley. Nor does it require a change in my feelings or circumstances. I will never stop missing my girls, but I know my hope and peace are found in knowing that my Heavenly Father loves me. This love conquers my fears and insecurities. This love is greater than anything. It brings life not only to myself but also to others.

Our healing begins with a trust that casts ourselves upon the ONE who loves us beyond comprehension. We may not understand everything God allows in our lives, but we can certainly trust God’s unchanging, never-ending, ever-present love. Just as Jessica grew in this trust, so do we little by little, as we cast ourselves upon His love. 

He desires that we all proclaim with confidence that we will forever belong to Him. Eternally His. Eternally loved.

Jesus loves me this I know—for the Bible tells me so! 

“How Great the Love the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called the children of God” (1 John 3:1). 

To read more about Jess and see her picture gallery, go to her page @ JESSICA LYNN MAYER

 

I’d love to hear from you, so please scroll down and leave me a comment. 

Please remember that you are eternally loved. There was no beginning and there will be no end to God’s love for you!

Debbie L. Mayer

 

2019-05-26T18:37:10-07:00

12 Comments

  1. Patty Freeman February 20, 2019 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Just like Jessica learned security & trust, when her father loved her and accepted her…..so we also keep learning that we are secure in our Father. (I know I’m still learning!) Nothing can take us out of His loving hands.
    Thank you for these truths Debbie as we remember Jessica today.

  2. Debbie L. Mayer February 20, 2019 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks Patty… Love you!♥

  3. Char February 20, 2019 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Beautifully written Deb! I need to remind myself of these truths! I loved seeing the pics of Jessica and Joe!! Precious memories of a precious daughter!!

    Love you
    Char

    • Debbie Mayer February 20, 2019 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Char!

  4. Patty Vasseur February 20, 2019 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Debbie-such a beautiful tribute to your daughter. I enjoyed reading about her.
    Sharing about her is so special and gives you comfort to relive those precious moments.
    May the Lord give you comfort.
    Sisters in Christ,
    Patty Vasseur

    • Debbie Mayer February 20, 2019 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      We comfort others with the comfort we’ve received! Thanks for sharing your heart on your blog posts as well!

  5. Sharon Rasmussen February 20, 2019 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Thank you Deb for all the ways you continue to share God’s love and care for your dear family. You are doing God’s work by doing this in a world that needs to hear what you are sharing?❤️

    • Debbie Mayer February 20, 2019 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Bless you Sharon!

  6. Jennifer Draper February 22, 2019 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Beautifully expressed, Debbie. What a gift your precious children continue to be, and what a gift you and Joe are to all of us!! The glory of God shines brilliantly through you!! My love to your dear hearts. ?

    • Debbie Mayer February 22, 2019 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      Bless your heart, Jennifer! I can say the same to you as well!

  7. Mary Bayer February 24, 2019 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    I very much enjoyed this meditation and beautiful remembrances of your precious Jessica. The photos and her captions tugged at my heart. It’s so amazing to me that we get to have the same kind of relationship with Father God that she and Joe had; mutual affection and delight. He gave her security and she gave him admiration.
    Every day on this earth brings us closer to our glorious eternity with our Father and our loved-ones who’ve gone ahead.
    Comfort and love to you, Joe, and your family as you remember and honor your daughters’ memory.

    • Debbie Mayer March 4, 2019 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Mary. That was so beautifully said:)

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