Seeing the Love of God in Your Life
Well, it’s almost Thanksgiving. . .again! Can you believe it?!!
It’s that time of year where we make gratitude lists and think about everything we’re thankful for (which we really should do all year long–maybe some of you do, in which case, you’re amazing!). Among all the gratitude challenges out there I wanted to offer a little different twist to the idea. Actually there are two options to this little project.
First, I wanted to submit a slight shift on the gratitude approach. We usually “count our blessings” at Thanksgiving time, but what if we shifted our outlook slightly and counted the ways we see the love of God in our lives? So, we’re not just recognizing these random blessings, we’re recognizing these gifts as manifestations of God’s love! Just a little different approach.
President Uchtdorf said in the 2009 October General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints:
“God does not look on the outward appearance.8 I believe that He doesn’t care one bit if we live in a castle or a cottage, if we are handsome or homely, if we are famous or forgotten. Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely.
He loves us because He is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and indescribable love. We are important to God not because of our résumé but because we are His children. He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken. God’s love is so great that He loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked.
What this means is that, regardless of our current state, there is hope for us. No matter our distress, no matter our sorrow, no matter our mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us.9″
I drew (and painted) these images. They are available here to download for your own “Love of God” project. There are two ways to do this (or come up with your own):
Option one for this project is a 14-day challenge to look for the love of God in your life and record at least one thing daily.
Option two for this project is also a 14-day challenge, but instead of looking for the love of God in your life you will show God one way each day that you love Him.
To make this a little more creative and visual I’ve included two visual options:
- Print out the image of the watercolor tree, the fruit, and the leaves. The tree fits on a standard 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of printer paper. You can enlarge it and get your kids involved. I haven’t tried to print it large, so I don’t know if it will be pixelated or not. Let me know if you try it! Cut out the little fruit and leaves and write your daily item(s) on them. Tape to the tree. I used double stick tape.
- Print out the blank image of the tree, the fruit, and the leaves onto cardstock or heavy paper and use watercolor, paint, colored pencils or another medium to complete them. Then follow the remaining directions in option 2.
I’d love to hear your experience with this little project. Feel free to do it any time of the year!
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