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Relating to God, Trusting God

“I Want To Give God Huggies!!”

My nieces pieces and I:)

I was talking to my mother this afternoon and I asked her how my nieces were doing.  She said they were doing well and she had the cutest story to share.  A while back, my mom bought the girls princess Bibles with a mirror on the front.  One night this week, my oldest niece, Amara was listening to her mother read one of the stories in the book.  Her mother asked, “Amara, what animals are in the ocean?”  After throwing out several answers, her mom said, “Do you know who made them??”  Amara said, “God?”  Her mom said, “He sure did.  Guess who else He made?”  Amara said, “Who?”  Then she turned to the front of the book where the mirror was and Amara saw her reflection.  Her face lit up and, in wonderment, she asked, “God made me??!!”  Her mom said, “Yes, honey.  God made you.”  Then Amara exclaimed, “I want to give God huggies!!!”  But when she was told that she couldn’t, literally, give God huggies, the tears began to flow.  Her parents told her that she had to show and tell God that she loves Him everyday…that could be her hug to Him. 

Can you imagine the smile that spread across God’s face at that moment?  The purity of that request moved me to tears.  What is it that happens between then and adulthood that dulls our ability to see God solely through the lens of appreciation for who He is? I often think about my nieces and how, having just started in life, their paths are so unblemished and their intentions are so pure.  They don’t have to worry about car payments, mortgages, or job security…they could care less about watching their figure…their heart has never been broken, etc.  None of these things are their concern. 

Meanwhile, what i wouldn’t do to escape this constant tsunami of thoughts and concerns approaching the shore of my mind.  I would absolutely love to completely forget about “what’s not” or “what’s next,” abandon every fear or concern and chill out for a minute. Given everything I’ve got going on mentally, I’d give anything to climb up in God’s lap and be loved on by Him.  Just as that thought crossed my mind, I heard God say, “What’s stopping you?  No matter how massive your answer to this question is, my hands are big and more than capable.”  He doesn’t want anything to stand between us and this type of moment.  Our love, adoration and focus = His delight.  (Whether age 4 or age 29).

Life lesson #5475854:  The passage of time doesn’t have to change how we relate to God.  Relinquish ownership of your concerns…Daddy’s got it. 

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About apb82

I am a determined 30-something chasing God's will and changing my life one "thanks" at a time...

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6 thoughts on ““I Want To Give God Huggies!!”

  1. So this made me cry….within the first paragraph. Then when i read on and you said you cried I didn’t feel silly. I want to give God huggies too!! His love is so overwhelming at times that there are no words I know to express just how grateful I am to be His child. This was awesome Ash. I’m made I’m just now seeing it.

    Posted by Tamara Boards | January 10, 2013, 11:41 am
    • Girl, I cried crocodile tears when my mom told me this story!! To be able to wade through all the minutia in life and for it to all boil down to the basic truth that God loves me and there’s nothing I can do about it…Amazing. I’ve actually had this blog for over a year and some change, but I haven’t really advertised all like that except for listing on fb and twitter. Thought it was time:).

      Posted by apb82 | January 10, 2013, 11:58 am
  2. So many if us struggle with the mere concept of God’s being, and our worthiness of His unconditional love and grace. we seem to have this overwhelming compulsion to over analyze every situation and circumstance. And thus miss the simplicity of Gods love for us. If we could see Him through a child’s eyes what a wonder that would be. Thank you Ashley for sharing this story

    Posted by Phyllis Canady | January 12, 2013, 12:07 pm
    • Thank you so much, Sis. Canady. When “life happens” I think it’s hard to undo that and go back to the simplicity that we were once used to. The unfortunate thing is, that’s pretty much what’s required to be a good follower of Christ. I’m working on it:). Again, thanks for your words.

      Posted by apb82 | January 13, 2013, 8:35 am
  3. Kids are way more awesome and more pure than adults. I know I’m late, but I like this post.

    Posted by franco3x | December 5, 2014, 4:12 pm
    • Thanks SO much, Franco! And you couldn’t be more right…the matter of factness that my nieces display when it comes to God astounds me…and sometimes convicts me, even. This is also one of my favorites :-).

      Posted by apb82 | December 5, 2014, 4:58 pm

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Ashley B.
Fairfax, VA

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