Standing on Love

Psalm 26:3 For your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.

A popular car game for the Milholland crew is the Who loves game?  Each person in the car selects someone and asks, "Who loves _____?"  This often goes around for several rounds starting with the immediate family members and widens the circle of influence from there.  Often aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins are included in the roll call.

A few days ago, I started a round with, "Who loves daddy?" (my question of choice).  From there, the questions quickly expanded beyond the typical format:

"Who loves Shannon's husband?" one asked.  (The answer to which is Scott)

Another piped up, "Who loves Shannon's brother?"  (This answer is also Scott since my husband and brother share a name.  Aren't they clever?)

In no time, we were beyond our usual boundaries.

A voice offered, "Who loves God and Jesus?"

Another inquired, "Who loves God's church?"

"Who loves God's people?" the other bantered.

I laughed and cried at once.  My four and five year old have a better grasp on our true purpose on earth than many adults.  Love God.  Love His people.

The chapter for today is Psalm 26.  In this passage David makes some statements I desperately want to be apparent in my life:
  • I have trusted in the LORD without wavering (Verse 1)
  • Your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth (Verse 3)
  • I lead a blameless life (Verse 11)
  • My feet stand on level ground (Verse 12)
Overwhelmed is how I feel when I survey this list.  Can an ordinary girl like me who just trusts Jesus one day at a time ever measure up to such an insurmountable list?

Then I remember my preschoolers and I know with God all things are possible.  If I love God and love His people all the above will follow. 

Jesus, I'll keep my feet squarely planted on You.  You are my level ground.  You are my place of love.  The more I fall in love with You, the better I love Your people.  Today I'm standing on love.


  1. What sweet children you have! That's so great that they understand about Jesus' love for all of us!
    --Visiting from VB

  2. Christine, thanks for stopping by. I'm so honored. Children are a joy and that's why living green is a gift to them. :)

  3. It's one of the best ripple effects....First love God then loving others will come easier =)

  4. Great to meet you...loved this post! I'm visiting from VoiceBoks :-) I too have toddlers ages 4 and 5 (well, almost 4 ;-) with a 'baby boy' whose not really a baby anymore (14 months). I love seeing Christ through their eyes! The other day Michaela (5) told my husband 'If you squint your eyes really tight you can see Jesus walking through our back yard! It's REAL Papa!'

    Thanks for sharing your daily walk with Christ, with all of us!

    ~Elise from

  5. How that warms a mama's heart!
    Thank you for sharing...

  6. Rachel, I love that - "ripple effect". What a great thing to trickle down to our kids, neighbors and community - love!

  7. Elise, what a beautiful, sweet family. It is real...and a little child will lead them. :)

  8. Thanks, Stefanie. Walking here with you warms mine!

  9. I love that children just get it in the simplest terms. I may struggle, and try to overthink things to death, and yet my kids can just see it! You have such sweet children, what a cute game, I may have to borrow that one!! Take care, I always enjoy my visits to your site!


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