Who Does God Love?
This is a question I have asked all my babies as they were growing up. I would tell them that I loved them so much, and Daddy loved them, and then name siblings, grandparents, and extended family. I would always end with asking them, “Who does God love more than anyone else”?
Of course God loves them! It brings a smile to my heart thinking back on this banter that I enjoyed with my little ones. Teaching them that Mama and Daddy loved them was important, but teaching them that God loved them and that He loves them more than anyone else was more important.
I believe in teaching from the womb. I sang to my unborn babies, read scripture to them, and prayed for them since I knew they existed. By the time they were actually in my arms, I knew that they knew my voice and it was comforting to them to hear me talk softly to them.
As they grew up, we read together, learned songs about Jesus and played all the games little ones love. Every night they were told how much each of us loved them but that God loved them more than anything or anyone. I believe children need to hear as well as feel that they are loved.
We recently received a book from Worthy Kids Ideals titled, Baby, Baby!
This is a hardboard book about all the things babies do like giggle and wiggle, crawl and bounce, cuddle and smile, and they are always loved by God.
The last page of the book has a mirror with “Who does God love?” written over it. and God loves (a blank line to enter your child’s name). My little one loves seeing her face in the mirror.
The book is based on Jeremiah 31:3B “I have loved you with an everlasting love” NKJV.
Yes, God does love us with an everlasting love. A love so great that He sent His son to pay a price we could not pay.
Little books like this are a great way to of course spend time with your little ones while instilling the love of reading. They are also a wonderful way to plant seeds of faith and a promise of the love God has for them.
Babies enjoy books, looking at other babies, and their own flowering abilities. This short rhyming poem combines all three in a sweet and happy way, while introducing babies to God’s love for them. The simple words are paired with colorful images of babies engaging in familiar activities, allowing the book to be used as an introductory concept book as well. And it ends with a reminder that Baby is always loved by God.
Information about the Author:
Born in Detroit and raised in Southern California, Diane Stortz has lived in Cincinnati, OH, since graduating from Arizona State University with a BA in journalism. For ten years she led the book group at Standard Publishing as editorial director. Diane now writes for children and adults at home at Izzy’s Office. Her goal: Making His wonders known to the next generation. Izzy’s Office is named for Diane’s first house rabbit, Isabella. A petite Dutch rabbit named Pepe ruled the office for six years too. He liked to nudge Diane’s feet for attention when she was at her computer and (he thought) ignoring him. Diane is married and has two married daughters and four young grandsons. When she’s not writing, Diane enjoys walking, gardening, and planning her next trip to visit her grandkids.
You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon and in most local book stores.