Monday, July 28, 2008

Mommy-Daughter Day:) Part 2

Yesterday I wrote about the wonderful day I had with my daughter Hayley Grace. We went on a picnic with a good friend and her daughter. In this picture, you see me with the beautiful girls, Sydney and Hayley Grace. It was just good to get away with "the girls". I asked Hayley Grace what she liked so much about "Mommy-Daughter Day" and she said, "well, I just like spending time with you." So simple. Simple.

Do you think that maybe our relationship with God is like that?

I know I don't have to earn Hayley Grace's love. She's in love with me because I'm her mommy. She adores me. And I adore her too. There's nothing she can do to change that. I may try to do many things to make her happy, like: buy her a candy treat, take her to see Hannah Montana, let her stay up late on Friday night, make her favorite meal, help her with her homework, give her special attention, or allow her to have friends over. She likes all these things. But what does she like the most about me? She likes to spend time with me. Simple.

When we went on our picnic Sunday, that's exactly what the day was all about. Spending time with Mommies, Daughters, and Friends. No frills. No special purchases. Just spending time.

And the night before, it was the same way. The Hannah Montana Concert was on TV. What was Hayley Grace's favorite part? "I liked that my mommy danced with me while we watched it."

Here we are on our "stage" (bar stools, coffee table, and ottoman...yes we jumped from stool to stool to ottoman,etc during the entire show!...and miraculously I never fell!).

And here we are again. The photographer (Jeff) is in the loft taking the picture from the top. Did you know that you look thinner if you are looking up than down? Ha! That's why I used this picture here:)

I think it's the same way with our Father. We can do a lot of special services and special things for Him. But I think He really relishes our time with Him the most. Simple. Time. What more precious commodity do we have than time?

I enjoy making memories with Hayley Grace. I also enjoy making memories with God.

I truly believe that the Lord just wants some simple time with me. Often I try to complicate it. I think I have to have a perfect life to show Him. I think I need to bring Him an offering or pray a certain way. I think I need to do something really cool and special for Him. But I don't really. He just wants my time. Simply my time. My heart. My real true feelings. Time. Simple. Time. He loves me for who I am, not for what I do. "Just spend some time with Me, Melissa." That's what I hear Him saying.

This week, I want to give the Lord my time. Nothing else. Just my time. And He will be pleased with just that.

Over the past week, I've focused a lot on hearing from God. On letting go of the past. On being able to move on. This week, I just want to commit to spending time with the Lord. No expectations. Just simple time with God. I don't expect anything from Him and He doesn't expect anything from me.

Join me won't you? We've been through a lot of c_ap in our lives. We don't need to stay there. In fact we can't stay there. So, let's take the first step. Just "be" with God. No expectations. Just simple time with God.

He cares. He loves you. He made you for crying out loud! And just like Hayley Grace likes spending time with me, I think God likes spending time with you (and me).

Now, go spend some time with the One Who made you!
You are so beautiful and precious to Him.


Just one more picture to hopefully bring a smile to your face! This may look like Hayley Grace Taylor, but it's really Hannah Montana!


Joyful said...


You have reminded me of two of my favourite quotes.

“The Lord longs for our companionship. He waits for us to meet Him in the inner chambers of our hearts. Lets not keep Him waiting there alone. Again the lonliness of our Lord comes to me more and more. How few of us are concerned about satisfying His heart. How I hear Him saying, I thirst, Give Me to drink. May my Lord never let me grow cold in my longing to be a cup in His hand for the quenching of His own royal thirst.” Oswald Chambers

“O God , I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirst for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of further desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee. I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Then give me grace to rise up and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wondered so long. In Jesus’ name. Amen. A. W. Tozer

In His presence,

Chef Diane said...

First you have a cutie pie for a daughter. Second should we pass these pictures on to see if you could audition for back up singers? They were great and what memories she will have. I am really feeling you with the just spend time with the Lord thing. Sometimes I sit down with my prayer list and think instead of just asking; maybe today I will just praise him. He doesn’t care if it is formal or planned, in fact I would hope he like it better when we just do it.
I have posted a story on my blog because it would take too much on your. I think it goes with your thought.

Anonymous said...

Precious, precious pictures!!!

I am a simple girl so this really spoke to me. I don't need to make my time with Jesus so difficult....just keep it simple.

I find myself just talking with him as I go about my day to day activities. And I know that he is there with me!!

Anonymous said...

This is exactly what I needed to hear today. I get so caught up in makingsure I say things right or making sure everything I wanted done is done. All I need to do is simply be. Its amazing that that is all he wants from any and all of us. he wants us to come to him just as we are and just be. I also want to start to just listen to him. I can sit with him without saying a thing- then I can hear Him more clearly.

Thanks Melissa!


Anonymous said...

I loved your post.

Great reminder that I don't need to be prefect and pray long prayers. I just need to sit and listen. As I mentioned in past posts I love listening to K-Love. I'm sure I look really silly to others driving around me when they see this lady singing at the top of her lungs in her car and I'm sure they are wondering what is she listening too. When I hear a song I really like and it speaks to my heart I tell the Lord this songs for you and I sing away. I find sometimes I can't find the right words to pray so when I hear a song that reflects the way I feel I sing to Him.
When I listen to K-Love at home and I'm alone with Jesus I wrap my arms around myself as if Jesus is holding me and we dance and I sing.

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

There is nothing more important in our daughters' lives than investing in them with special memory moments like this. Love it!! I have so many posts about just making it the simple things. It's the little things that are the big things, and look how blessed your daughter was. YEA!!! Discipleship/mentoring at its finest- singing on the tables with hannah m. (and I am sure you used that time to talk with her about that little lack of modesty/digression thing...hee hee)

Mari said...

Sounds like a great weeekend. I need to come party with y'all sometimes :-)

Your daughter is just so stinkin' cute!! Must take after her mom :)