“Mmma-mmma!” I can’t tell you how much joy it brought me to hear my now seven month old baby say “mama” for the first time.

I am a first time mom and everything my son does for the first time makes me smile. I got excited when he tried solids for the first time, when he plays with a new toy and when he crawls all around the floor.

Being a new parent has opened my eyes to God as a Father in more ways than I could imagine. I have always heard people say that when you have kids you see God’s love in a new way but it really is something you just have to experience for yourself.

I think about how my joy overflows when my son does something good and I think about how upset I get for my son when he is crying because of teething, stomach pains or whatever else may be bothering him. There is something about the love you have for your child that allows you to empathize with them and to want them to experience joy and goodness.

It reminds me of the scripture in Luke 11:11-13 (TPT):

“Let me ask you this: Do you know of any father who would give his son a snake on a plate when he asked for a serving of fish? Of course not! Do you know of any father who would give his daughter a spider when she had asked for an egg? Of course not! If imperfect parents know how to lovingly take care of their children and give them what they need, how much more will the PERFECT Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit’s fullness when his children ask him.”

If I, as an imperfect mother, want to meet my child’s needs, how much more does my perfect Father want to give me life to the full?

God’s definition of life to the full is living in a relationship with Him where I experience the fruit of a life surrendered to Jesus. I know that I am loved even if I experience relational issues with others. I know that He will never leave me when I go through trials and hard times and that I am safe with Him even if I am filled with fear or mistreated by others. When I obey and submit to the life He desires me to live, I will then produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life. And who doesn’t want to live with

“love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control?” (Galatians 5:22-23)

There’s nothing I want more for my life than to experience a relationship with my Father in Heaven the way He designed it to be. It doesn’t mean I am exempt from pain, sorrow or hurt but I can live confidently knowing I’ll experience perfection in eternity one day. There’s also nothing I want more than to express the love of God to my child so that he can one day know Jesus and experience the intimacy that God our Father wants to have with us.

Let’s soak in the moments with our children when their joy is contagious and their hurt overwhelms us with sorrow. Our Heavenly Father stays by our side through our different emotions and offers us everything we need to live a godly life despite our circumstances. Let’s pray for our homes and get on our knees before the Lord for our children’s lives. God is faithful to give the Holy Spirit’s fullness when his children ask Him.