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02.23.2011 / leazatettleton

I Got You, Babe

Eyes open and close, adjusting to the vibrant colors and brightness of the new surroundings.
Life looks so very different now.

Ears tingle as once muffled voices penetrate the air with gentle, though clear whispers.
Those voices are kind, welcoming. Those voices are familiar.
Those voices are home.

Small fingers grasp tightly to an outstretched hand.
Though the fingers are fragile and tire easily, they know that hand can be trusted.

Lungs fill with air and a loud cry rings out from somewhere within saying,
“I need food. I need rest. I need love.”

Those familiar voices and accompanying hands hold this squirming gift closely.
Pure delight and joy fill the mom and dad’s faces.
This child has breathed new life.
This child is free to live and grow and blossom.
This child is priceless.
__________________

Eyes open and close, adjusting to the vibrant colors and brightness of the new surroundings.
Life looks so very different now.

Ears tingle as a once muffled Voice penetrates the air with a gentle, though clear whisper.
That Voice is kind, welcoming. That Voice is familiar.

That Voice is home.
Small fingers grasp tightly to the outstretched Hand.

Though the fingers are fragile and tire easily, they know that Hand can be trusted.
Lungs fill with air and a loud cry rings out from somewhere within saying,
“I need food. I need rest. I need love.”
This cry defiantly states, “You are my portion. You are my rest. You are Love.”
“You are my Love.”

Pure delight and joy fill the Father’s face.
His child has breathed new Life.
His child is Bought. Redeemed. Ransomed.
His child is Free. His child will truly Live and Grow.
His child is Priceless.
__________________

The Love of the Father towards His children is dimly reflected in the beautiful moment when daddy and mommy meet their baby face to face for the very first time. These thoughts have been close to my heart as Monday marked the rather monumental day in which Jon and I welcomed our baby niece into the world and also received the exciting news that my oldest brother and sister-in-law are having a boy! So thrilled to watch those little ones learn to walk and ride tricycles.

We pray over their lives, those living in this small town of Moscow, ID, and the world, that all would come to know the author of time, creation, and life abundant as Savior. May the eyes of our hearts be enlightened in order that we might see Jesus rightly. May we hear the Lord’s still, soft voice and respond to His outstretched hand, crying, “Abba, Father!”

Prayer Requests:
– May we learn to trust our Good Father more and more, much like a child reaches out to his/her parents, entrusting their wants and needs to them.

– May we maintain an eternal perspective as we hash out the tiresome, numerous, and important details pertaining to church structure, location and job roles. This coming weekend will be filled with these discussions…your prayer during the upcoming meetings would be huge.

– May revival come in this city and throughout the world. May all acknowledge Jesus as Lord.

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  1. Jonathan Miller / Feb 25 2011 12:13 am

    i love this post. (not that i haven’t liked the other posts…I have! I promise.) but i love it because i’m starting to see how God reveals more of Himself to us as our stage of life changes. we can’t understand what it means to love sacrificially as a baby. all we know is what we want and who we can trust. and i want that child-like utter dependence on the Lord again. because the truth is, we can get by on our own now that we’re “grown up”. it’s not pretty. it’s not fulfilling. it sucks the life out of us. but it’s possible. but God has SO. MUCH. MORE. for us.

    help us to trust you, Dad. help us to love like You do. with action. giving of ourselves for eachother and those that don’t know You yet.

    thank you all…for your prayers for me, and liesal, and our family. we are praying for unity of vision for you all as a team and know the Lord will direct you clearly as to where to put down roots. thrilled to hear of the work He has already done through you!

  2. Jane Tettleton / Mar 9 2011 8:59 pm

    Leaza, Thank you for this piece of writing. I told Jon David how much it meant to me. We are so grateful for your prayers for Abigail and the family. I love the elephant shoes, too! Keep up the great work.

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