I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about how 7 seconds a day is changing our family. In it, I introduced our recently adopted cow. After receiving many hilarious potential names, we decided, thanks to Keisha’s suggestion, to name her “Holy.”
Get it, “Holy Cow?!”
Not only is “Holy” making us laugh, she’s teaching us quite a bit more about the character of God.
I had the privilege this past Sunday of speaking at Woodland Hills Family Church in a series called To Know. The title of the message was To Know: Love.
Telling the story of our adopted cow, one application from that message seems to have caught hold quite well.
Find one moment each day where you sit back and say “Holy Cow, God Loves Me!”
This past Saturday morning I was sitting in bed with our daughter Kennedy playing beside me, and our son Landon snuggled up to me watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Lying together with those two kiddos while Christi sat off in the corner reading her Bible was a “Holy Cow, God Loves Me” moment. I soaked in every second of it.
I had another “Holy Cow, God Loves Me” moment this past Monday when I had the privilege of golfing with three of my closest friends. We golfed in a charity golf tournament. Though we finished dead last in the standings, we were the champions of having the most fun.
Forget ROFL. There were moments we literally rolled on the ground laughing at one another. I got to belly laugh with some of my closest buddies in the world.
These guys love me even if I hit a drive from the tee that hits a tree and ricochets behind us for a negative yard drive. (That may or may not have actually happened.)
“Holy Cow, God Loves Me.”
Be careful though, these moments cannot be captured on video. When you do, you automatically become an observer of the moment rather than a participant in it.
To experience God’s love requires that we sit still long enough, divorced from our phone and other distractions, to allow Him to hold us in the moment.
I want to challenge you this week:
- Do you have moments you stop throughout your day and say, “Holy Cow, God Loves Me?”
- Would you recognize them?
Click here to watch the entire message from Sunday.
Share with us: when do you most experience the love of God for you throughout your day?
Joshua Straub, Ph.D. is voice to empower parents and marriages to live, love, and lead well. As a marriage and parenting coach, he loves coming alongside families to provide encouragement, support and practical counsel. He is the author of the upcoming release Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well (October 2015, Waterbrook Multnomah), and along with his wife Christi, is coauthor and producer of the video series and workbook, The Screen-Balanced Family: Six Secrets to a More Connected Family in the 21st Century. He wakes up each day striving to love others better, starting with his wife Christi and their two children, Landon and Kennedy.
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