I’m so glad you joined me for the second half of this two-part post!  Previously, I wrote about the strength and encouragement I draw from my Saviour Who has also walked this life in human flesh and was “touched with the feeling of our infirmities” (Hebrews 4:15).  It’s such a comfort to me to know He has “been there”!  If you didn’t get a chance to read Part 1, you can find it here.

There’s something else, too, that grabbed me the other day (gently, as the Holy Spirit always does when pointing out truth!).  As a mom of burgeoning adults, I am finding myself having a bit of a struggle figuring out this transition.  My young adults need to be given space to grow in their independence, and at the same time, I’m not sure I am personally ready for that.  My heart is in no hurry for them to fly the coop, so I am having to train myself one circumstance at a time to surrender to God’s plan for making them into the people He has designed them to be.

I wondered: Does God understand how I feel?

And then I read a verse in Matthew and I realized He does exactly:


“…how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”
Matthew 23:37b


Oh, how often I have had that very desire to just gather up my son and daughters and hold on to them, cover them, like a hen with her chicks! (In Israel’s case, they didn’t yield to God’s gathering up.  I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to hug a teenager or squirmy toddler, but if you have, you can probably relate.)

God‘s father heart for His people Israel wanted to pull them close to protect them, provide for them, and see His purpose for them fulfilled.  He was a Father who loved His children.  He still is.

This truth brings a double blessing to me!  Not only am I encouraged because I know my Father understands where I’m coming from as I adjust by His grace to these changes life is bringing, but my heart is also filled with joy to know God also has a similar longing for His children.

Hang in there, mamas!  Gather those babies up when you can for as long as you can.  And don’t forget to remind yourself that our Heavenly Father holds us close like that, too.

<3 Denise


One of my babies with a baby chick.

One of my babies with a baby chick.