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Sweet Boys
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It had gotten a little too quiet. And mothers know that sound. The silence that signifies someone is probably in trouble.

I walked in to find my one-year-old and three-year-old sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor with an open bag of powdered sugar – a small bowl in Jake’s hands and a spoon in Quinn’s – surrounded on all sides and head to toe in white. Quinn, who is still young enough not to “get it,” looked up at me with a big powdery grin. Jake, on the other hand, looked sheepish and guilty.

I tried to look stern, but honestly, it was funny.  

And beautiful.

My boys playing together (a new and recent phenomenon), covered in sweetness. Having dived into a bag of joy.

They were clearly having fun, but I couldn’t imagine joining them. And I wondered, when did I get so neat and tidy? So stoic and careful? When did I stop throwing myself full force into joy and sweetness?
Covered and Drenched in God's Love

And have I forgotten the sweetness and surrounding power of God? How it is my birthright to be covered and drenched in God’s love? Or do I avoid the messiness of that Love, knowing it will get into all the cracks and crevices of my life. Knowing that it’ll be hard to keep any secret sins or insecurities or unloveliness from being penetrated by the depth of that Love.

Paul wrote, “And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is” (Ephesians 3:18).

We all need to spend a little more time covered, head to toe, in the passionate, sweet love of our Father in heaven. We need to be sure our hands and our heads and our hearts are wrapped in that love.

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