Day 354: I Believe In You (December 20)

Do you ever really need someone to believe in you?  I do.

I think about this all the time.  It seems to be a deep, deep need within me to know that someone believes in me.  I can honestly see how much my life changed when I realized that I had married a man who truly and unquestioningly believed in me.  Until then, I had never known what that felt like.

God is constantly using my husband, and now, my kids to show me His unwavering heart for me.

He believes in me, and as a result, He has put that same belief within my family.

I noticed something though, if I never step out or try new things, then my kids never have a reason, or need to believe in me.  Does that make sense?  If I stay only in the predictable and routine, what is there to notice?  Because I long for my kids to be comfortable taking risks, and stretching themselves, I must first stretch myself and take my own risks.  I do it all right in front of my family.  They see it all, and I don’t hide any of it from them.  No success or failure is hidden from my husband and kids.  I don’t hide it because there is so much to learn from watching someone walk through both success and failure, and because they are a constant chorus of “You can do anything!  We believe in you!”

I have also led my kids to be a resounding, “You can do it!” for my husband.  I openly encourage him.  I do so because I love him, but also so they can remember that, even though he’s their dad, he is also a real person and needs encouraging just like they do.

A beautiful side effect of this practice has been that as a family unit, we are extremely loyal to one another.  Our bond is strong, and we are familiar with each of our strengths and weaknesses.

Today, I wanted to say, “I believe in you”.

I pray that as you read those words, they fell over your spirit like a warm balm from heaven.

I believe in you.  God believes in you too, and there’s nothing impossible for Him to do through you.

For nothing is impossible with God.  Luke 1:37

I can do all things through Him Who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God; believe also in Me. John 14:1