Day 663

My head hit the pillow heavy when I climbed into bed last night, but my heart was even heavier.  I prayed.  This is what the Father revealed to me, and instantly, I was comforted with lightness:

“You are all under My wings, together.  Protector.  Sustainer.  Shield from the storm.  I AM all of these things and more.  Do not worry.  I Am.  Always.  With them.  With you.”

I was tired yesterday.  Bone tired.  And sometimes, that’s enough to allow my thoughts to stray to places I know are not bathed in light.  As a mama hen — you mamas out there know exactly what I’m talking about! — It’s my desire (frantically so, sometimes) to gather everyone up and tuck them nice and safe under my wings for the evening.  It’s so satisfying to know exactly where everyone is.  To check off that box at night, you know?

Backyard lights off?  Check.

Doors locked?  Check.

Dogs fed?  Check.

Boys tucked in?  Check.  Check. Check.

One of those boy boxes I’ve had to leave unmarked for a long time.  663 days, to be exact.  He lives in a different country.  Another boy box is unchecked this week.  He’s on vacation with his dad and their family for the week.  The third boy box?  It’s check marked with a permanent, over-protective Sharpie.  Tucked in super tight!

I don’t know where my oldest son has been laying his head for almost 2 years.  I don’t know where my middle son has been laying his head all week.  But what I do know is that The Heavenly Father does, and He is in the business of tucking in and watching over, too, and He does so constantly and with more love than I can imagine.  Thank you, God!

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer” (1 Peter 3:12).

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—

    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep
(Psalm 121:1-4)

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