Thursday, 23 November 2017

M Michele's Musings

What Do You Love About Me?

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Everything Love

For many years now I have had the honor and privilege of teaching children in Children’s Church.  Their names run endlessly through my mind: Tasha, Tamara, Trevor, Tobias, Joshua, Coty, Suni, Levi, Farrah, Callie, Kyrah, Cade, Luke, Becca, Gavin, Kalah, Alainah, Jadah, Olivia, Halie, Jacy, Allie, Jacelynn, Natalie, Kailyn, Austin, Judah and on and on.   Each one touched my life in some special way with their unique personalities and sweet ways.   In class this year, there is one student who loves to draw pictures along with speaking her mind with some very unique opinions and sweet sayings.  Ruthie is six and very observant for her age.   The first time she drew a picture of me she passed it across the table; with a twinkle in her eye and a smile in her voice she asked, “Can you guess who this is?”  The drawing was of a curly haired, blue eyed stick woman in a blue dress.  Since I was the only one in the room that had curly hair, blue eyes and wearing a blue dress, I was sure it was me and I was correct. Since that time she has drawn me many times and always blesses me with her creation at the end of our time together.  Another trait that is unique to Ruthie is that she often whispers rather than talks out loud.  Most times, you must bend over and get in close just to catch her softly spoken words.  Last Sunday Ruthie and I were walking to the kitchen to refill her drink and I felt her tug on my dress to get my attention as she started to whisper.  Quickly I bent over just in time to hear, “Do you know what I love about you?”  “No, Ruthie, what do you love about me?”  Her answer came in a heartfelt and softly drawn out breathy whisper, “E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!”  My heart immediately melted within me.  I was blown away.  I couldn’t comprehend that this child would love “everything” about me when all she knows of me is from our short times together during Children’s Church.  Perhaps that is WHY she loves everything about me, because she only knows one aspect of me, as her nice Children’s Church teacher. 

But since that momentous day I haven’t been able to get Ruthie’s words out of my thoughts.   I am reminded that God often speaks to us in a still small voice.   I am further reminded of when the Lord told Hosea an encouraging word saying, “I will speak tenderly to her.” Hosea 2:14b  It is as if God is orchestrating the conversation again and again with me since Ruthie proclaimed her unabashed love for me.  He whispers to me the same exact sentiment.   “Do you know what I love about you, Michele?”  “No, Lord, what do you love about me?”  I hear His soft and heartfelt whisper, “E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G,” and again I find my heart melting and I am overwhelmed; overwhelmed with His love for me.   Incredulous that I am not perfect yet He still loves me.  Unlike Ruthie, He knows all of me yet He chooses not to look at my imperfect nature, failures, blunders, shortfalls or inadequacies but He looks at what He knows I can be; what He created me to be.  He sees me forgiven through the precious blood of His beautiful wonderful redeeming Son, Jesus Christ while all the while working on me and in me to become more like Jesus.   He created me to be special with my own uniqueness for His glory.  Likewise, He created all of us and sees each one of us with all-knowing eyes that see us through Jesus’ redeeming blood, past all the junk, with faith and finally, to whom He knows we are in Him.

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.  

                                                                                                                                                                  Psalms 139:13-14

When thinking about this word coming from a child I was reminded of a quote I have heard often, “out of the mouths of babes” but had never really investigated.  I was amazed when I read the scripture below learning that God uses the words of babes to ordain strength and to still the enemy in our life!  

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength

because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

                                                                                                                                                                     Psalms 8:2

Any lies that the evil one may plant can and will be thwarted by God’s overcoming word.  How awesome is that?  On that special day, I was strengthened and encouraged in God’s love.  Any doubts I may have had lurking in the shadows of my heart regarding God’s love for me were completely stilled.  Words spoken through a small child covered me in a shield of protection.  I was in the palm of His hand and covered in His wings.      

            Truthfully, every single day of our lives God is speaking and displaying His love for us.  However, the busyness of life, our failures, our circumstances and the cares of this world can take their toll on our psyche.  The enemy comes with his lies, planting seeds of doubt; little niggling voices worming their way into our hearts and minds.  We don’t even realize that somewhere along the way we started to doubt His love for us.  But God is faithful.  He sends His word through a deed or a word to jog our memory and squash any lies the enemy of our soul may have planted along our journey.  He ever so gently reminds us of His love so we can bask in His loving embrace and overcome any deceptive fallacies. 

Today be reminded that you are special to his heart.  He created you.  He sees the best in you.   He sees all that you can be and He is working both “to will and to do to fulfill His good purpose” in your life (Philippians 2:13).  He Loves you!  Yes, YOU!   I can hear his soft gentle whisper, “Do you know what I love about you?  E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!”

“Yea, I have loved you with an everlasting love:

therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn you.”

                                                                                                                                                                  Jeremiah 31:3

         Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  

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