Three weeks ago I was sleeping all the way through the night…
Three weeks ago I was fresh faced and alert…
Three weeks ago there were just two of us…
Three weeks ago I was imagining what it would be like to welcome our baby into the world…
NOW I KNOW!!!
Hannah Amalie Lili Crosse was born on Monday 27th January 2014 weighing in at a healthy 7lbs 2oz after a rather eventful labour.
I have always wanted to be a dad and when Erika told me she was pregnant I couldn’t have been more delighted. I was so excited about meeting our baby as we made our preparations and we counted down the months, then the weeks, then the days, but nothing could prepare me for how I would feel. I think back to the moment Hannah arrived, I had so many emotions all at once, from the joy of our baby finally arriving to the worry of whether I would drop her. I am not ashamed to admit that I shed a man tear, it was one of the most precious and satisfying moments of my life, one I’m sure I will remember forever.
The first few days went along in a bit of a blur, as I tried to catch up on sleep, visited Erika in Hospital and tried to navigate the challenge of nappies and getting Hannah dressed and how to pick her up properly, but it wasn’t until we brought Hannah home from hospital that reality started to kick in. I remember Erika and I walking out of hospital with Hannah half expecting someone to stop us and say we couldn’t take the baby home. We navigated the trip home fine and as I sat down in our lounge with Hannah in her car seat I remember thinking, what are we meant to do now?!?
Since then the last couple of weeks have been a bit of a rollercoaster, there are no amount of antenatal classes or tips from parents that can prepare you for the baby…projectile poo, stunningly brutal smelling nappies, lots of crying and lack of sleep… but you just have to dive in and roll with it.
But you know what I wouldn’t change it for the world because everything pales into insignificance when I hold Hannah in my arms… it’s at these moments that I marvel at the miracle of life, the love I feel towards my little baby girl is indescribable, I would do anything for her.
As much as I love her though I know there is one who knows her and loves her even more… Jesus
Psalm 139 v 13-14 – “For you created my inmost being you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Luke 18v15 – “People were bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Matthew 7 v 11 – “If then you though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Children are a gift from God; being a parent is a gift from God, to be a parent is a massive responsibility to take care of them, feed them, clothe them, put a roof over their head, protect them and bring them up in the best way you can with God’s help. At times it will be hard work, but there is not no greater privilege.
One of the things I have contemplated in the early days of being a dad is a greater appreciation of what God thinks about me. I have a deep love for Hannah, but how much more does the God of the universe who loves Hannah… love me.
Have you contemplated recently how much God loves you, values you and appreciates you… how much he desires spend time with you… to be your guide..to be your counsellor… to interact with you.. to hold you close so that you might walk step in step with the beat of his heart… He loves you with an everlasting love, you’re his child!
As a believer, before you are a husband, wife, dad, mum, sister, brother, child of your parents, friend… YOU ARE a child of the king of kings. 1 John 3 v 1 says “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!”
HOW AMAZING IS THAT!!!
Perhaps you’re reading this blog and you don’t know what it means to be a child of the king. Jesus lived a sinless life (he did no wrong) but he was arrested, persecuted, whipped and crucified upon a cross taking upon his shoulders our sin (the things we do wrong) and three days later he rose from the dead victorious, defeating the power of sin and death.
Today this same Jesus offers you the gift of salvation so that you might have freedom and a hope of eternal life John 3v16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Jesus desires to have relationship with you, so that you to can become a child of the king…If you want to accept Jesus as your Lord and saviour today here is a prayer you can pray:
Dear Jesus, I’m sorry for the things I have done wrong, please forgive me, I acknowledge my need for you in my life, please become master of my life and help me to live for you. Amen.
If you have prayed this prayer or you want to know more about what it means to follow Jesus then why not find a local church, or speak to someone you know who is a Christian.
YOU ARE dearly loved by the King of Kings… There is nothing greater!
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