Doesn’t everyone want to be known? We come into this world desiring and needing to be loved, nurtured and fed. As a mom, I had the awesome opportunity to know and care for three beautiful children.
Rachel, my oldest, was born twenty-eight years ago on July 1st; Friday evening at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. Needless to say it was an exciting July 4th weekend - fireworks, Peachtree Road racers and a beautiful baby girl. We choose not to find out the gender and it was such a beautiful surprise... Looking back on that weekend was simply amazing…
Mike and I had prayed for, sang to, and loved her before she was born. We couldn’t wait to meet her and know the sweet baby inside my womb. We did know that she was going to be an active one; she moved a lot inside me! I can remember playing with her foot as she would press against my abdomen. She was ready for this world and to be known. What is neat is that God did know her and us before the foundation of the world.
Rachel and me
“Blessed be the God and Father our Lord Jesus who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places even as he chose us in in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless in Him.” Ephesians 1:3
God is all knowing... He is Omniscient…
After Rachel was born that beautiful Friday evening, I held her close and began to know and care for her. Mike and I had the opportunity to begin the journey of knowing, loving and caring for Rachel. We learned that Rachel was very creative and bright from the very beginning. She loved to read, sing, play dress up and act out Disney movies, like Robin Hood. Most of all, she loved being beside us and knowing that she was loved. Mike and I tried our best as parents to love and know our children well. We fell short many times, but through God’s grace and His love we continued to strive to be the parents God had called us to be.
Rachel at 3 years old
God desires us to know our children. As I have mentioned before in a previous blog, my friend and someone who has taught me how to walk with Jesus, Jackie Kendall, an author/speaker, said, “Always be a student of your child.” Knowing your child well involves listening and learning her/his God given gifts and love language.
God knows us intimately; He formed us in our mother’s womb.
“For you formed my inward parts: you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139: 13-16
I celebrate, Rachel and give God all the glory for helping us raise Rachel. Her love language is physical touch and quality time. She is a gifted artist in photography and writing. Rachel loves people and hearing their stories. As a young little girl, she wanted to be a dictionary. She really meant missionary. Rachel has a big heart and wants to conquer the world with Jesus’ love. As Rachel’s mom I am in awe of seeing my oldest live out her dreams and be a wonderful wife and mom. There is no greater joy than seeing your children love Jesus and fulfill their dreams.
It is so special that God gives moms and dads the opportunity to know and celebrate our children and grandchildren. If you don’t have children or grandchildren; there are plenty of neighborhood or church children who need to be known. Knowing someone takes time and energy. Invest, Love and Forgive unconditionally. You know if you are told and shown love abundantly you believe it in your soul. I can remember my grandmom saying to me often, “Sharon, do you know how much I love you... you are beautiful inside and out...” Words bring life. Even when I don’t feel beautiful, I remember these words and God’s words... “You are loved with an everlasting love...” We are loved by a knowing God and those around us who chose to invest in and know us!!
Mike and I have the opportunity to love and nurture our granddaughter, Penelope, with her little sister on the way in October!! We are all in!! We want to continue knowing all our children and grandchildren the way God knows us….
Rachel Moye Iliadis in Greece photo by Dimitri Iliadis