Recently, my five year old daughter had a pretty rough day. After a long morning at school and playing with her brother after lunch, she was tired. Her mood was touch and go for most of the afternoon. We had an altercation... or two.. or three even... that ended in time-outs.
After her daddy came home, I retreated to my bedroom to fold laundry for some much needed peace and quiet. Of course, she found me there. I asked her to join me on the bed and help fold some of the laundry. I asked if she was indeed having a rough day. She said yes. And then, what she said stunned me.
With tears rolling down her cheeks she said, "I'm afraid you don't love me anymore when I'm naughty."
Maybe you've experienced this before with one of your little ones. It surely broke my heart in two as I sat there while she looked at me with red eyes and tear stained cheeks. This little one is only five years old and hardly anything to cause worry in her life. But here she was standing before me saying she was worried that she might be so naughty that I wouldn't love her anymore.
But... I kind of get it.
I mean. I have bad days. I have really bad days. I have horrible, no good, very bad days.
Sometimes I am mean to my husband. Sometimes I'm angry at my children. Sometimes I gossip. Sometimes I get unjustly upset about things. Sometimes I hate. Sometimes I don't trust.
I mean, really, I sin all the time.
After a particularly tough day, I feel just like my daughter. I feel like I am unloveable.
Sometimes I need a little reassurance from my heavenly Father that I am lovable and that I am forgivable. So if you are having a rough day, here are a few words from our Father to give you a hand on your shoulder or a reassuring hug in time of need.
1 John 3:1, "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!"
Joel 2:13, "Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love."
Psalm 6:4, "Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love."
John 3:!6, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Romans 8:37-39, "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ our Lord."