Love to the Next Level

Some days the Mama in us is a wee tired and the time for naps is gloriously anticipated. While the workload of being the CHFO (Chief Home and Family Officer) doesn’t diminish during this little afternoon break, the hope is that Mom will work without tiny bodies under toe and in a few moments of revitalizing peace, IF the household cooperates.

On one particular day recently, my Tarah had finished all her pre-nap reading requests and as she climbed on the bed, I noticed a little detail that for some unknown reason,  I had previously overlooked.  Sweet ” T” wasn’t content to lie on top of the covers for nap like her older siblings previously did in past years. She didn’t want to sleep with her head on top of the pillow, draping the blankie over her precious little frame.

Toddler “T” wanted to have those covers of the bed pulled back!

Enjoying the feeling of snuggling into the blanket, face nestled against the soft pillow, she smiled at me and stretched the covers up to her chin.  At the ripe age of 2, she knew exactly how she wanted to sleep.  A sign seemed to hang over her headboard that read:

If you’re going to nap, nap all the way.

As I closed the bedroom door halfway and headed off to the Central Domestic Sub Office, AKA the laundry room, my thoughts turned towards this verse:

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31

Sometimes the long term investment of caring can get a little scary.

And loving people? That’s sheer work!

But if the mind of Christ is operating through us in totality, lying “on top of the bed with a thin spread of Bible verses”  won’t cut it. As Christians, our heart and mind must be fully engaged in His Word and totally immersed in His presence.

Begging His Spirit to work through us.

Listening to His voice whisper affirmation to our hearts.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

If you’re going to love someone, love them all the way.

By Rachel Wojnarowski, Faith.Family.Fun.

  • Charina @ Pondered Thoughts

    Beautiful Rachel. What a coincidence, I just blogged about this as well.

    Blessings to you :)

    • Rachel Wojnarowski

      Blessings to you!

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  • Julie Sunne

    Yes, Rachel, love all the way–otherwise why love at all. Loving is far too vulnerable to do only half heartedly. Thanks for the sweet reminder to fully submerge.

    • Rachel Wojnarowski

      Thanks for your encouragement. Or should that be (in)couragement? ;)

  • Lisa

    I loved how you worked scripture into an every day experience. It’s like you were speaking in parable. ;)

    • Rachel Wojnarowski

      I love that you noticed. I love parable-speaking! ;) Thank you Friend.

  • Amy

    “If you’re going to nap, nap all the way!” – love it!

    • Rachel Wojnarowski

      That little girl is something else. :)

  • Amy

    Hey Rachel! I love it when God speaks into us through seeing into our children! To Love Deeply…. 1 Peter 4:8! -Many Blessings To You, Amy from

    • Rachel Wojnarowski

      Amy! Thanks for stopping over. Yep, you know me. God gives me a ton of lessons (and blog posts) through my kiddos. :) Blessing to you!!

  • Beth Williams

    What ever we do we should do it wholeheartedly ALL THE WAY! That is our way of showing love to God/Jesus who truly showed us how to love by giving His ONLY Son to die a horrible death for our sins!!!

    Thanks for an uplifting and interesting post!

    • Rachel Wojnarowski

      Thank you Beth. Your words are so true.

  • Sarah

    I love this. Children teach us so much don’t they? No wonder Jesus said to become like little children.

    • Rachel Wojnarowski

      He did say that, didn’t He! :) I’m always learning from mine.

  • Heather Conrad

    Beautiful, just beautiful scriptures woven into an ordinary, everyday event. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rachel Wojnarowski

      Thank you Friend. For stopping by and your ever-encouraging words!

  • Ann Voskamp

    Ah this: “As Christians, our heart and mind must be fully engaged in His Word and totally immersed in His presence.”

    Yes — to keep praying His Word, seeking His presence — we can only love as He loves through us.

    These were beautiful gift words…. *Thank you*

    All’s grace,

    • Rachel Wojnarowski

      A gift to you- how fun! From one farm girl to another as we both seek Him every day.

  • Susie

    Love it! I especially love your terms for what we ‘work at home’ moms do. (CHFO…gonna use that one.) I can so relate to about everything you write! Corinthians 10:31 is a fav.

  • Rachel Wojnarowski

    Thanks for stopping over, Susie! You make me smile. Not just cause you’re a photographer either. :)

  • Susan Manes

    Beautiful reminder, Rachel. Thank you. Always so encouraged with how you expose the Big Truths in the regular moments of life.

    • Rachel Wojnarowski

      Thanks Susan! Love that you came by. ;)

  • Angela Bisignano

    Wonderful post Rachel. I love the idea of just resting in Him and “listening to His voice whisper affirmation to our hearts.” What a beautiful picture of a loving God.

    • Rachel Wojnarowski

      Wow. You just made me think about how Tarah’s snuggling in is just what we should do with our Father, Abba. :) Thank you for taking time to stop by!