February 14, 2009

He'd Open His Arms Really Really Wide

I sat downstairs and took a few deep breaths.

Gray had woken up on the wrong side of the bed yet again and there was a whole lot of stomping and screaming at the top of the stairs.


No matter how determined I may be to assure myself that this day, any day will be a good day, it hinges on the personalities and moods of several other people in my immediate vicinity.

Head in my hands, I thought- and not in a kidding way at all but totally serious- what would Jesus do?

I calmly walked up the stairs with my arms outstretched. He continued to scream. Even louder. I reached out to him and he ran away.

I sweetly asked him to please come see Mommy. He tried to hide under a chair.

It began to hurt a little, his running from me when all I wanted to do was hold him. I decided I wouldn't wait for him to come to me and so I went and picked him up myself.

Tears and struggle and skin and bones and finally he gave in to my embrace.

It's familiar. It stings.

And finally I gave in to His embrace.


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37 comments:

  1. Beautiful. God uses our kids to teach us so much about ourselves. It's amazing and more than a little bit humbling.

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  2. Great analogy - I can relate to both sides of the story!

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  3. That really is beautiful. It is so exactly the way to handle yourself. If only we would think that way more often. Did your son have a better day after that? God Bless.

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  4. Why is it love is so hard to just accept sometimes? Hope things get better. Terrible threes will end someday....but then you will have teenagers?

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  5. Certainly a good question to ask ourselves when the difficulties of life seem a little too much.

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  6. I could visualize this and it really touched me. Very powerful.

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  7. I really need this today, Stephanie. How often do we act like Grey when something is going wrong when He is just waiting to take care of us? Good lesson and a great thought to start my day with.

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  8. Beautifully said. Your posts always have a way of coming at just the right time.

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  9. You make me cry, Steph. Thank you for reminding me of the real world - that invisible one.

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  10. First, I know that pain. I also know how my days hinge on certain personalities in my home. Zane's especially.

    Secondly, I bet that's how God feels. When all he wants to do is hold his children, comfort them, love them and all they do is run away from him.

    Beautiful post. And for some reason I just felt the overwhelming urge to tell you how much He loves you. He loves you. You're special to him. You're his beautiful daughter. You do Him proud.

    Nell

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  11. That is so sweet. What a sweet picture of Jesus coming to me even when I am acting rotten. Thanks! I needed that today.

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  12. this really spoke to me today. Sometimes it is so hard for me to admit that I just don't always know where I fit in with all these moods and tantrums and (mis)behaviors. It is tough, but you are so right. These are the times when i just need to look up and ask.
    Jen

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  13. So beautifully written Steph. I know that I often see myself and my struggles in my children. It is amazing how my eyes have been opened to the love of God through my children.
    He continues to teach us all through them if we are willing to listen.

    Thank you for this gentle reminder today.

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  14. Beautiful post. You have a way with words.

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  15. Just beautiful. You got me this morning, too.

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  16. So beautifully said. Happy late VDay! I hope you enjoyed your family. (nice to meet you at Bliss, too)

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  17. Poor Gray's ego had him by the short hairs and you just proved that love is the solution to everything. Love is all there is - that is Jesus' message. What a world this would be if we all remembered that!

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  18. SO beautiful. I also find that being a parent has been the best way for me to understand God's love for us.

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  19. I totally was going to write exactly what Nell wrote. I am sure that's how God feels when I am stomping around and hiding from Him when He is not waiting for me but running right up to me.

    You are such a wonderful mama and this post will help me to remember to not let my little man be frustrated alone and always go running to him

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  20. Wow, Steph. This is what I needed today. Thank you.

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  21. This sounds EXACTLY like my morning with my 3-year old. All that I want to do is comfort and love on him. You are so right that God longs to do the same for us. Thanks for this.

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  22. Oh yes, His arms are always open wide.

    Next time my little guy is acting out I plan to think the SAME exact thing!! Thanks Steph...

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  23. Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Just what I needed to hear.

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  24. Oh Steph, that was so beautifully said.

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  25. This is beautifully written, and so true!

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  26. My eyes are filled with tears... my son tends to wake up on the wrong side of the bed quite often also, and the scene you described happens a few times a week.

    What a good reminder to embrace. Thank you.

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  27. What a neat story and how you compared it. We still co-sleep so when my youngest wakes up in the mornings and I am already awake.. she will scream. I miss my mommy, I want my mommy and I will run to her and she just leaps to my arms. I just don't want this time to ever go away ya know?

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  28. We've been going through this with Hailey and it all started just a couple of weeks ago. There's a lot of stomping and "hmphing". Now, she's incorporated throwing things. I'm doing my best to let her figure things out but at the same time, letting her know that there are other ways to show she's feeling angry. Tough stage, that's for sure. Can only imagine how it will go when the baby arrives.

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  29. So beautifully written, Steph. Isn't it amazing how our love for our children causes us to love understand God and love Him even more? Great job. Olive U.

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  30. That was so beautiful. God teaches me so much through my children.

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  31. I've had SO many moments like that.

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  32. Beautifully written! Such a familiar feeling.

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  33. Praying for you Steph! I'm sure it will get better soon. :)

    Staci

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