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In The Image of God

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God’s Thoughts to Me

So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27, NLT).

Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name in the palms of my hands (Isaiah 49:15, NLT ).

The Mother Heart of God

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Our heavenly Father’s love is immeasurable … incomprehensible … limitless. Yet, in all its greatness and grandeur, it is gentle, soft, kind and patient beyond my ability to fathom!

The Scriptures are deliciously laced with the sweet fragrance of the love of a mother. Our Pappa pays tribute to motherhood when He compares Himself to a hen who wants to gather her chicks under her wings.

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A father is concerned when a child breaks a leg, but a mother kisses a skinned and bruised knee. In the same manner our Pappa is concerned about a single strand of our hair.

He loves with a good dose of sentimentality for He collects all our tears and treasures them like a collector’s item.

His affection has that non-preferential quality of a mother’s heart for He leaves the 99 behind to seek and save the one who is lost.

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He compares His love and heart to the most tender and beautiful love we can imagine, when He wants to gather us in His arms, nursing us like a mother nursing her helpless infant at her breast.

He even suggests that a mother can forget her nursing child and feel no love towards her little one. But He is aghast that we can even consider His love to be that way.

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And, if we look closely enough, we can see how He has written our names on the palms of His hands when they were nailed on the cross!

Much love xx

Mia

Linking-up with Lisa-Jo and the Five Minute Friday ladies

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Also with Still Saturday
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And dear Barbie and The Freshly Brewed Community
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Posted in Apple of God's Eye, Childlikeness, Empty Nest Syndrome, God's Father Heart, In the Shadow of His Wings, The Love of God

A God Who Flies

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God ‘s Thoughts to Me

Like an eagle rouses her chicks and hovers over her young, so He spread His wings to take them up and carry them safely on His pinions. The Lord alone will guide them; they followed no other gods (Deuteronomy 32:11-12).

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:8, NIV).

An Empty Nest

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The year of 2013 is leading me into a whole new era of my life. Both my sons have spread their wings and are flying away into the big wide world, finding their own place and purpose in life and in the heart of their Pappa God. But this world is big, and cruel and dangerous!

It is not easy … actually, it is downright horrible for a mom who’s heart is not and will never be ready to have an empty nest … a mother who wants to pick them up and carry them constantly on the wings of her love … a mother who has to carry them now even more on the wings of her prayers to the Throne of Grace.

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They have always lived so close to me that they were like sweet summer apples of my eye. When I looked at them, they could see their reflection shining with love and affection on the smooth rounding of my eye.

Just like I am the apple of my Pappa’s eye as I live and love and have my being in Him … nestled in the shadow of the wings of His love (Acts 17:28).

This made me realize that my love for them is only a faint reflection … a glimmer … a morsel … a beautiful fraction of the love our Heavenly Pappa cherishes in His heart for each and everyone of His children.

A.W. Tozer wrote of our Pappa,”An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself AS IF THERE WERE NO OTHERS,”.

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This brings joy to my heart, for I know that my Pappa cherishes them even more than I do. Moses told the Israelites in Deuteronomy of their Heavenly Father’s extraordinary care while He led them out of the Egypt of their captivity.

He uses the metaphor of the eagle, who of all the bird species, lavishes extraordinary care and attachment on her eaglets … who cherishes her young more than most of our other feathery friends.

When her newly fledged progeny has grown and developed enough to soar on their own into the big wide sky of the big wide world, she helps and supports them on the tips of her wings in their first feeble attempts at flying. She directs them and encourages them with her heart soaring all over the world wherever they go!! That’s me!

Frederick Buechner said in his work, Telling the Truth, “You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world, but a world lives in you.”

It gives me the assurance that although my fledglings are soaring far, high and wide into the Egypt of this world, their omnipresent Pappa goes before them.

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He gives all of Himself to each of my two treasures, carrying them … leading them through all the horrors of the wilderness of life lying ahead … guiding them safely into their eternal inheritance of His Kingdom of Life. For they are the apples of not only my, but also of their Heavenly Father’s Eye.

Much love xx

Mia

Linking-up with Charlotte.

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Linking with Emily at Imperfect Prose.
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