It was a long and exhausting day, Bre and I had just laid the girls down for bed. I sat down to finish up a couple things and I hear, “Daddy? I can’t sleep.”


Now it has literally been two minutes since we laid her down. “Bella, you haven’t even had time to fall asleep yet.”


To which she said something, through the tears that filled her eyes, that will always be one of my favorite things she says, “But Daddy, I want you.” Wow…to be wanted by our children. There is not a feeling in the world like that. 


So I get up and go lay beside her in her room. She lays her head on my chest and if this doesn’t feel like home I don’t know what does. As we lay there for a couple minutes I start to hear her sing something very softly. And as the words came out of her mouth joy filled my heart. “Jesus. Jesus. I Love Jesus.” Pause. “Daddy, that’s my new song.” Little girls really know how to make their daddy’s crumble. Here is my 3 year old daughter singing new songs to the Lord. In that moment so much love filled my heart. It really made me think of the love parents have for their children. And if I love my kids this much…How much more does God love me as His child? The thought of it overwhelms me. 


ROMANS 5:6-8

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Christ died for a lost cause. But dying was the very thing that would cause the lost to be found.


The love that was poured out on the cross is so far above comprehension that all I can do is raise my hands in surrender to the One who gave it all. I want to bring joy to the heart of God. Don’t you? Not for any of my benefits but for God’s benefit. I want my Father to feel the joy like I do when my children tell me they want me. And when Bella said she wanted me, she said it with such passion, such hunger. 


So men, let us cry out to God like children do, and tell him how much we want Him today.

1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;

my soul thirsts for you;

my flesh faints for you,

as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,

beholding your power and glory.

3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,

my lips will praise you.

4 So I will bless you as long as I live;

in your name I will lift up my hands.


- Psalm 63:1-4

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