Our Father Loves Us Because We Are His

“Mom, I don’t like sports. I don’t want to do sports.” 

My oldest son, age 6, looked at me straight in the eye last week and delivered what felt like a body blow. I am a self-professed tomboy and have been since I can remember. Upon having two sons and entering into “boy mom” territory, I rejoiced at the thought of days spent at the ballfields or in the gym. However, so far, that has not been the case. This has produced a two-pronged struggle for me. 

The obvious struggle is swallowing the pill that my sons may not be as sports-crazed as I am. The less obvious, yet far more important, struggle is constantly reminding myself to love them the way God loves me—for who they are, not worrying about who they aren’t. 

This morning my Bible reading plan took me to the familiar chapter of Psalm 139. I was reminded that the Lord has “searched me and known me;” that he “formed my inward parts” and “knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” With his full and perfect knowledge of me, he chooses to love me for who I am: HIS. 

God does not withhold his love because of all the things that I am not. This is how I want to love my boys.

While I struggle to model this characteristic of our Heavenly Father, my husband does not. One of the reasons I fell in love with him is his ability to see value in every person. My husband takes a genuine interest in other people. He does this so beautifully with our boys. Our oldest son enjoys plays and movies, so while other fathers are watching Sunday Night Baseball with their sons, my husband is at the local theater with ours. Our son enjoys climbing but is a typical cautious first child, so you can often find my husband at the playground with him, challenging him and cheering him on as he tries to navigate a new climbing surface. 

My husband meets our sons where they are, and loves them because they are his. I am so grateful. In his kindness, the Lord saw fit to gift my husband in this way so that our children can see the love of their Heavenly Father through that of their father here on earth.

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Anne Sanford joined the Rooted team in March of 2023 as the Senior Director of Development. Originally from Mountain Brook, Alabama, Anne is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of Virginia. She and her husband, Will, live in Prattville, Alabama with their young sons Mack and Hardy. Anne enjoys travel, sports, reading, and music.

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