from above

"Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows."
James 1:17

i know that heaven is going to be beyond anything our human minds can comprehend; beyond any image my shutter can capture - but there are moments, like this one yesterday, when i truly believe i've caught a glimpse.  of its light.  and of its freedom.  watching my daughter swing in the warmth of the summer afternoon rays of light, i thought to myself, "this is what i imagine heaven will be like." 

later that evening, she saw the photo above and said, "mommy!  i look like an angel in that picture!  it looks like i'm an angel coming down from heaven." 

oh, sweet chloe, it's because you are.

my own sweet angel.  our very own "good and perfect gift from above".  and isn't that just one of the most difficult, challegning and heart-wrenching lessons of parenthood - and of life?  these children are our gifts from our Heavenly Father - and yet, ultimately belonging to our Heavenly Father and only the time which He allows.  we are not guaranteed another moment - and yet, so often, we I find my moments filled with worry instead of trust, frustration instead of thanksgiving... and He gives me a moment like this, that takes my breath away - and suddenly, i'm thankful.  for life.  for breath.  for every good and perfect gift from above.  the eyes of my heart open and i realize, i'm surrounded by them. 

we are enveloped in His grace, if only we open our eyes to see it. 

its dripping off the laundry that's hanging to dry, the dirty dishes in our sinks, the little handprints on the windows, the doors the walls... what if everything - all of this - is a gift from Him?  oh, but isn't it, though? 
these moments.
these gifts.

so good and so perfect. 

from above.    

"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!"
1 John 3:1


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