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Monday, May 17, 2010

a drink of love from God


"Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable."
(Psalm 145:3)

It's 6:45 am as I write this and the quiet in the house is almost deafening. Almost too quiet, if that is possible. As I sit at my desk, snuggled up to God's Word with a steaming cup of coffee and a hungry spirit, I am filled again with the amazing wonder of God. His love for me and His generous grace on my life is overwhelming.

In the bedrooms in the back of my house, sleep 3 of the precious gifts that God has graced me with. Mikaela, Eli and Mercie have been with me and their Papa for a few days to let their mom go visit their dad, who is off working, before the new baby arrives.

These last few days have been filled with much laughter and a few tears. Good times together. Snuggles, kisses and hugs. Lots of bedtime stories and musical beds as Nana had to take turns sleeping with everyone.

The love I have in my heart for these babies grows with each passing day. As does my life for their mother - my sweet firstborn daughter. Sometimes I look at them in amazement and just can't believe that my baby has 3 (almost 4) babies of her own. God is good.

We've certainly had fun these past few days. We have had conversations about Jesus and they have asked a myriad of questions. We have praised and prayed. We've stayed up late and gotten up early. We've read tons of books, colored oodles of pictures and watched quite a few (but not too many) DVD's. We've told stories, played games and raised the noise level in the house by a few notches.

There have been lots of 'I love you's' spoken and many bubble baths given. I have slathered little bodies with wonderful smelling lotion. I have fixed and curled hair and enjoyed every minute. I knew I had gone a little too far with Mercie's hair when she walked into church and my daughter, Ashlie, said "Well, hello Farrah...."  OK, maybe I used the curling iron too much that morning, but it was SO cute!

We rushed to get to church as this Nana lost track of time and forgot just how long it took to bathe 3 kiddos and get them all fed, dressed and ready for church. We made it just in time and I was glad that I live basically in the church parking lot! Ha!

Mikaela kinda summed up the magnitude of love that I have been feeling lately, as they played in the water hose yesterday. She had the water hose held up to her chest and here is our conversation:

I said, "Mikaela, what are you doing?"

"Watering my heart, Nana" was her reply.

I said, "Oh, your heart needs a drink?"

Mikaela said, "Yes. A drink of love from God"

Ahh, yes. A drink of love from God straight into a thirsty heart. Indeed the love that my husband and I have shared, and passed on to our daughter has now trickled down into the lives of our precious grandchildren.  I pray that I continue to water their hearts with the love of God that He has so generously watered my soul and my heart with. God is good.


Encompassed by His love,
Beth


15 comments:

Misty said...

Oh how precious! As I type this comment through tear-filled eyes, I am just amazed. Out of the mouths of babes...no doubt. God is so very good!

Love you, friend!

Mari said...

How blessed you are indeed. So very sweet. Just love our little grandbabies, don't we????
Happy for you.
xoxoxo

Andrea said...

They are precious....I cherish my time with our sweet Savannah and we are getting a new grandbaby in late July...we are soooooooo excited.
Hugs, andrea

NanaNor's said...

Dearest Beth, What a wonderful post-it almost sounds as if I could have written it but you don't sound nearly as tired as my grands make me. What a precious gift to give your daughter and sil and your grands as well. Good job Nana. My oldest has 5 but my own baby girl-youngest-has 4 and after I spent time with them today I was exhausted.
Thanks for bringing a smile to my face this afternoon.
Big hugs & love, Noreen

DeanO said...

That's a wonderful story and from the mouth of babes.

Stacey Dawn said...

I bet you are having the sweetest time and creating all kinds of special memories! Have a beautiful day!

Heart2Heart said...

Beth,

How delightful and blessed this time with your grand babies truly is. I love your outdoor conversation with one of them and reminds me that too often it is them that can teach us so much. Truly priceless and beautiful.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Nana Jul said...

Mikaela watering her heart...with God's love, that's just awesome! If we'd all take alittle time to see we needed to water ours too! Amazing Love! Isn't it the coolest thing to see God's love take root in your children, and children's children...What a crown, and to be given the opportunity is such a joy and a blessing! No better legacy than God's! Jesus is smiling!
Love,
Julie

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

How precious!! What a wonderful gift...grandchildren. I do look forward to them soon..but until then I will hold my four year old closer, and enjoy my 14 year old. I don't want to move into that season too early, even though I am 49! God hasn't brought children to my married son yet.
Enjoyed,
Janette

Nancy M. said...

They are so beautiful! I know how you enjoyed having them with you!

Sonja said...

Beth:

You KNOW that I agree 100%... they are such a joy to us also. We went to a soccer game for the 5 year old tonite and he ran right out of the game to give 'poppa' a huge hug! :) we loved it!!



Sonja

Stacey at Living by Faith said...

How awesome! Sounds like a very good time for all. Don't we all need a drink of love from God.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such an encouraging comment. It's nice to 'meet' you.


I really enjoyed my first visit to your blog. I'll be back for many return visits.

Stacey

TRUTH SHARER said...

Oh - how precious are the words of a child! God's heart indeed watered - but God's heart also drank that in too!

Choosing JOY, Stephanie

angelonwheels said...

Beth,

Such a sweet post, though I admit you are a much braver woman than I am! lol!

kanishk said...

I know that God is so very good!!
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