I am Mandy from HOUSE OF ROSE.
I am a 30 year old mommy of 3 boys and one of Tonya's IRL friends.
I am actually a new Christian so when Tonya asked me to write a post about a time that I felt God's love...I honestly couldn't decide which one to use! I have had so many chances to feel God's love for me in the last 2 years. A memory that stood out to me the most involved watching my four year old son pray.
I didn't grow up in church. In fact, you can read about my husband and I's recent baptism here. I knew that I wanted my kids to grow up knowing what it means to love Jesus. Something I didn't get.
Our boys are 5 months, 21 months, and 4 years old. We talk to them frequently about God. Obviously 2 of the 3 are a little young just yet to understand it much, but our 4 year old...has been TRULY amazing me lately! We hosted a small group at our house every Wednesday night for a few months. After every session we would leave time for prayer ministry. Prayer ministry was frightening to me at first (and still is sometimes). Have you ever layed your hands on someone and prayed for them out loud face-to-face? SCARY!
It wasn't until one night after our small group was over that I looked across the room and witnessed this...
I simply asked, "What are you doing Parker?" (Because honestly it didn't hit me at first)
His reply, "I'm praying mommy."
He truly was praying by laying his OWN hands on his OWN shoulders, shutting his eyes, and talking to Jesus. I was in awe!
It was at that moment that I realized God was saying "Way to go mom!" I felt that pat on my back. The tingling in my toes. The happy in my heart. He was saying to me, "Look what you are teaching your precious children!"
For the first time in my newly found Christian life I thought to myself...THANK YOU JESUS for showing me the impact I am having!
So often we see God's love in the negative situations. We reach out to Him when things are going wrong and we watch Him pick us back up. It was refreshing to feel his love in such a positive situation! I try to make it more of a point to "need" Him even when things are wonderful.
Not to mention that hands-on prayer is WAY less scary to me now that I can see the impact it is having on my children!