by Kathy Collard Miller @KathyCMiller
“Mommy, I’m ready to go over to Irene’s!” I cried out. I had my pajamas and toothbrush! It was going to be my first overnighter at my best friend, Irene’s house, across the street. I could hardly contain my excitement. I felt like such a big girl to be able to spend the night at someone else’s house. A big step for a first-grader!
My mother accompanied me across the street and Irene and I had a great time that evening. When we woke up the next morning, we played with our dolls for awhile and then I packed up my stuff in my little duffel bag.
Irene’s mom offered breakfast but it just didn’t seem right to both spend the night and have breakfast. Did I deserve that much joy? I answered, “Thank you, Mrs. Luna, but I have to go home.”
Mrs. Luna frowned but walked me across the street.
My mother asked me about my time and I told her about the fun. Then asked, “I’m hungry. Can I have a bowl of cereal?”
“Kathy, didn’t Mrs. Luna give you breakfast?”
“I didn’t think I was supposed to spend the night and have breakfast too.”
“Yes, honey, it would have been fine to have both.”
At times I come to God with my thanks for all He’s done for me, but somehow feel that I don’t really deserve anything more. It’s overwhelming to think He loves me that much to give me both the “overnighter” and breakfast too. It’s then I remember Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Just as Mrs. Luna delighted in me but I didn’t know how much, God delights in you and wants you to know it.
What are you feeling awkward about receiving from God’s hand? Help? Blessings? Affirmations? Love?
He wants to give you everything you need. Just receive it.
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation. Psalm 149:4 NASB
About the author: Kathy Collard Miller loves to speak and write about how God’s children can trust Him more. She has spoken in over 30 US states and 8 foreign countries. She has over 50 published books including At the Heart of Friendship: Daughters of the King Bible Study Series. Larry and Kathy live in Southern California and are the parents of two and grandparents of two. Visit her at http://www.KathyCollardMiller and www.facebook.com/KathyCollardMillerAuthor and @KathyCollardMiller (instagram)
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