My oldest daughter attended a birthday sleep over with a gaggle of girls on Friday night. She came home Saturday with a painted, decorated picture frame; a handmade headband; and a handmade bracelet. All this cutie crafts were orchestrated by the birthday girl's mother.
As I looked over her loot, I couldn't help but feel inferior to the other mother. You see, I am craft-challenged. Not a little bit, either. As a matter of fact I am challenged in many of the little ins and outs of mothering, as I never had a role model to teach me such things. I am self taught (or by girlfriends) in the art of meal planning, cooking, etc. I am not that domestic. So as I looked over these cute crafts, I felt a bit bad.
"I'm sorry I'm not very crafty." I told my beautiful 8 year old. And she responded matter of factly, "Mom, I love you just the way you are." There is certainly no sweeter gift I have received from her than that! If only I could learn to apply it to myself, loving myself just the way I am.
We also have a God who loves us just the way we are. In Jeremiah 31:3b, God says "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. " Zephaniah 3:17 says "The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Can you imagine the God and creator of the Universe takes great delight in you, rejoicing over you with singing?
I am so thankful to receive unconditional love from my Heavenly Father. And I'm also pretty proud of an 8 year old girl who loves me, just the way I am.