Day Thirty – Children of God

Posted on: April 14th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are.”

- I John 3:1

“How deep the Father’s love for us,

How vast beyond all measure.”

- Stuart Townend

It had been one of those days.  Every task took longer than it should.  Every conversation added something to the already endless “to do” list.

It was pitch dark and dense fog blanketed the roads as I headed home.

Tired, discouraged and anticipating the chores that needed to be done when I arrived, my frustration level was nearly off the charts.

Our back door opened  directly into the kitchen.  Upon entering, the first thing I noticed was that there were no dishes in the sink. No clutter on the counters or table.  What a relief!

Then, I saw it  .A beautiful bouquet of flowers in the middle of the kitchen table.  My frustration melted away, knowing that my  husband had thought of me, especially on such a difficult day.

I rounded the corner into the living room, ready to thank him for his loving gift. Before I could say a word, I was astounded by what I saw – another, equally beautiful bouquet of flowers sitting on an end table.

One bouquet would have been sufficient.  Two bouquets was a  lavish gift and I felt completely loved.

Lavish.

The prodigal son was treated lavishly by his father.  In fact, one of the dictionary definitions of lavish uses the word  prodigal.  Even after rejecting his Father, walking away from all the love he had been given and values he had been taught, the son was  welcomed and received with lavish love.

Our Heavenly Father lavishes love on us every day. What does that look like?  Well…..

  • He completely accepts us and sees all of our potential. (Psalm 139)
  • He completely forgives us and casts our sins into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19)
  • He delights over us. (Zephaniah 3:17)
  • He wants us to be with Him. (John 17:24)
  • He has given us the privilege of coming boldly to Him, as a child might to a Father, when we have need. (Hebrews 4:16)
  • He gives us bouquets every day by meeting our needs, giving us family and friends, allowing us to hold in our hands and hearts  His precious Word, the gift of conversation and a good cup of coffee, the beauty that surrounds us each day…

And that is just the beginning of the lavish love of God.

The ability to accept and receive the lavish love of God is the key to emotional, spiritual and mental health.

I know that my grandchildren’s future hinges on this: that they would know, accept and revel in the love of the Father.

Heavenly Father,

We thank you for the lavish nature of your love.  Thank you for the generous way in which You have extended this love to us and for the way it transforms our lives.

Father, our deepest desire is that our grandchildren would know you and your love.  We pray that You will be real to them and that they will experience the touch of your love in their hearts.

As they mature in their faith, may they wholeheartedly believe in your accepting, complete and gracious love.

May they be your servants in this world so that others might know and enjoy your love.

Amen

Final Note:  Thank you for joining me on this journey of prayer.  I have learned so much as we have searched God’s Word to understand His heart for our grandchildren. I have loved your comments and encouragement.

Thank you to my wonderful son, who not only helped me in a thousand ways, but who in the midst of this project sent me a beautiful bouquet of tulips (at the top of the page)–he lavished love on  his mom and it really touched my heart.

Be watching for the release of 30 Days of Prayer for Grandkids as a Kindle book in May.  You will be able to order  it as an ebook or Kindle through this website or on Amazon.

Blessings to you all!




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6 Responses

  1. Margaret says:

    Kay, I too have prayed many of these prayers for my grandchildren. I love this last note to us as well. It is such a wonderful blessing to have our grandchildren and our heart’s desire to see them serving and loving the Lord would be complete! Your book sounds wonderful…shall look into that. me

  2. Tonya says:

    What a blessing these are! I don’t have a Kindle, but look forward to the day when hard copies will be available!

    Tonya

  3. Virgie Finn says:

    Kay, I have appreciated your invitation to join you and others and your faithfulness in all your posts concerning this ’30 Days of Prayer for our Grandchildren’.
    It has kept me on track in my prayer life over my children & grandchildren. All of your information, scripture, quotes and prayers have been so helpful in guiding my prayers for those I love so dearly.
    Thank you for allowing GOD to use your gifts and talents through this medium.
    Also a great thank you to Jonathan, one of my Peter Panda Pre-School ‘little ones’ I helped, along with you and others, to learn to read.
    To you both, Keep up the Good Work!
    Miss Virgie

  4. Thank you for your kind words. It brings a smile to my face every time I think of Peter panda Preschool! Those were the days!
    YOu are entered into our drawing!!!

  5. Karen says:

    Kay,
    Today I downloaded your devotional on my Galaxy Tab and look forward to using it as my devotions throughout February. It will be a great tool to help me stay focused on specific things to pray for.

    Today I also made two decisions:

    1) I would spend a little time Wednesday evenings to pray for my grandchildren and visit your blog after I drop the youngest one off to Awana.
    2) I would create a small scrap book about my line of faith. Hopefully pages will be added for many generations. I will share it with you the next time we visit.

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