“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;”
Ihave this silly thing I tell my husband. Instead of saying, ‘I love you,’ sometimes I tell him: “I’m glad you’re mine.”
I like saying it because I feel it conveys something more than a simple ‘I love you.’ I’m communicating to my husband that he belongs to me – not in a possessive “hands-off” sense, but in the sense that we are bound together. And I want him to know that I like being bound to him. I genuinely like him. He’s a keeper.
I think that’s one reason why I love God’s Word to his people in Isaiah 43:1-2. God is saying to his people, “I’m glad you’re mine.”
He is saying: “I haven’t bound myself to you to uphold my name or out of my duty as the Creator” (while those statements are true). Rather, God is saying much more than that. He is saying: “I have bound myself to you because of my great love for you. And proof of my love is my redemptive activity in our relationship.”
Today, the timeless principles found in Isaiah 43 ring true for you and me; we belong to God for reasons larger than mere ownership.
- We belong to him, because He created us (Is. 43:1)
- We belong to Him, because He redeemed us (saved/delivered us) (Is. 43:2a)
- We belong to Him, because He called us (named us) (Is. 43:2b).
God’s love is big. And even when we experience it through salvation, sometimes it is hard to fully convey the majesty and magnitude of God’s love to our children. That’s why I’m thrilled to recommend Sally Lloyd Jones’ recent release for children, Just Because You’re Mine.
Just Because You’re Mine by Sally Lloyd Jones
Book Summary: Just Because You’re Mine is the tale of Little Red Squirrel who adorably wonders at the reason behind his daddy’s great love for him.
Why I Love This Book:
- Sometimes as adults we do a poor job of conveying the reasons why we love our children. Often, our actions unwittingly teach our children that our love is conditioned on their gifts, performance, appearance or personality. But the adventures of curious and fun-loving Little Red Squirrel give parents language to talk about the biblical motivation and security of parental and godly love.
- The illustrations in this book are beyond adorable. They tell the story of adventures in the forest and showcase the tender love between father and child.
Who should buy this book?
- Parents! This is a wonderful tool for teaching your children biblical truth and investing in their future relationships (teaching them the qualities of biblical love). Plus, it can be used year-round – not just on Valentine’s Day.
- Teachers and church librarians. We used this book in our preschool Sunday School class as another practical tool to teach about biblical love.
- New Moms. This book would make a lovely baby shower gift. New moms have a lot of new purchases within their first year. And sometimes “wish-list” items don’t make the cut over bottles and formula. Plus, clothes are outgrown and diapers are disposed, but books are gifts that bring lasting enjoyment.
Want to win a copy of Just Because You’re Mine? Simply ‘like’ Hive Resources on Facebook! Then come back and leave us a comment telling us you did so! For non-Facebook users, simply leave us a comment. If you’re already a Hive Resources fan, then share this article with your pals on Facebook or twitter!
GIVEAWAY ENDS FRIDAY (FEB. 17) AT MIDNIGHT!!! GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!
According to Random.org, the winner of “Just Because You’re Mine” is JOANNA SZETO! Congrats Joanna! I just sent you an email! Thank you to everyone who participated. We hope you’ll consider adding this book to your library! And be sure to subscribe to Hive Resources so you will get first crack at our sweet giveaways!