Linda Wood Rondeau

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LOVE IN A SUITCASE
12/20/2016 1:00:00 AM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

Excerpt from:

I Prayed for Patience God Gave Me Children

 

Sticks and stones break bones.
Harsh words crush the spirit

 


Janelle wept because of Rachel’s disobedience. Janelle had exhausted every parenting trick in the book. Yet, the more she punished her daughter, the worse her behavior became. Pleas and recriminations fell on deaf ears. Janelle prayed the prayer of the battle fatigued, asking for God’s intercession.


When Rachel readied to travel on a ski trip with her classmates, Janelle felt squeezed. If she allowed the teenager to go, wouldn’t it seem she had been rewarded for poor behavior? After much prayer, Janelle decided to allow Rachel to fulfill her plans. With no fanfare, the fearful mom slipped a note inside Rachel’s suitcase:


My dearest daughter,
I know you are troubled right now. I know that you and I have had a lot of arguments lately. You are probably afraid – afraid of growing up and going on your own. I just want you to know that I believe in you. I know that you are going to be just fine. You will become a wonderful woman, wife, and mother.
I want you to know that no matter how mad you are at me, you will never destroy my love for you. You will always be my daughter whom I love.
Mom


When Rachel returned, she said nothing regarding her mother’s note. But her behavior improved from the moment she walked in the door. Rachel had been changed by an unbreakable love, a love that had withstood her best efforts to destroy it. When she felt the least deserving, affirmation was what she needed most.


Sometimes God sends us blessings when we feel the least deserving.

 

 

 

And while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. God’s love is not dependent upon our actions. It is given

UNCONDITIONALLY


And when we realize this, we are changed by his steadfast commitment to us, one that transcends our rebelliousness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An anxious heart weighs a man down,
but a kind word cheers him up
(Proverbs 12:25).

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