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Holding On To Good

i Apr 17th 2 Comments by

DSCN1977My son reaches up and cradles my cheeks in his hands as he stares longingly into my eyes. It feels like he is reaching into my soul, sees who I am, and still loves me unconditionally. He hunkers down and cuddles into my chest before quickly popping back up to stare into my eyes. Climbing me like a jungle gym it seems he can’t get close enough. As he searches my face, the emotion is overwhelming.

It’s the morning after a colossal tantrum that resulted in me banishing his race cars for the entire next day. Initially, I think this physical charm is preceding a request to play Angry Birds or race cars, but he never speaks a word. I wonder if I have ever looked at him with such intensity and if I am capable of such undistracted peace. I’m reminded of God’s request for us to come to him with childlike innocence. God has gifted children with the purest minds. They can wipe the slate clean and see goodness in others. I pray my son never faints in his ability to love and deliver such amazing attention to another and, more importantly, to God.

It’s my goal to recover that pure goodness that, God provided, has been gifted to me through my child. If I am overcome each time my son approaches me with loving gestures, I can understand how my Father in Heaven must feel when I do the same for Him.

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13

As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.

For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:18


  1. Tania Laney
    April 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Layla,
    I’ve enjoyed reading your posts. Theresa has asked me to cover you in prayer. I am honored snd committed in doing so.
    Praying for you as you begin a new journey into the unknown with Jesus. He goes before you and there is no worry or fear. The King is enthralled with your beauty and He will give you the desires of your heart. You are His beloved and He has prepared you for such a time as this. Very exciting!
    You are so precious and I love the way you can openly and eloquently describe your emotions. May there be many deep love encounters for you and your husband in the days to come. You are strong and courageous. We cover you with blessings, protection and favor sweet one.
    Love you,
    Tania xo
    (Theresa’s BFF)

    • Layla
      April 28, 2013 at 2:17 am

      Thank you Tania! You are so encouraging, and we are extremely blessed to have a strong prayer warrior like you. We’re very excited about what God has planned for us, and we’ll try to keep everyone informed throughout our journey. God has definitely made some interesting preparations… it’s so very evident just in the months leading up to the big move, and we haven’t even boarded the plane. It’s going to be awesome!


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