How many times have you exclaimed, "This baby won't let me put him down. He wants me to carry him all the time! You feel frustrated, and sometimes even angry, because you have so many pressing things to do.

Dear mother, have you stopped to think what you are really doing when you carry your baby? You are revealing a glimpse of what God is like. He is the tender Shepherd who loves to hold us in His arms. Isaiah 40:11 describes Him, "He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young."

Our Shepherd doesn't leave us isolated to cry on our own, but gathers us in His arms and carries us close. It is not a nuisance to carry your baby. It is not time-wasting. It is God-like. It is so much part of the character of God, that He not only carries us when we are helpless babies, but right through our lives, even to our golden years (Isaiah 46:3-4).

Have you noticed that babies, toddlers, and even little children love to be lifted up and held. The baby cries and cries, but the moment you lift him up, he stops crying. Why? Because he is meant to be lifted up and held close to you. Babies love to be up at our level. I remember staying with a family in Canada years ago. Like all little ones, their little boy loved to be held and would say, "Uppie Campbell, Uppie Campbell" until I lifted him up.

Of course, I know that your arms get tired. We are not like our great Shepherd whose arms never get tired and of whom the Scriptures says, "Underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deuteronomy 33:27. But, why not get a baby carrier? I think a baby carrier is indispensible for a mother. My daughter, Serene's baby carrier is like another limb of her body!

David prayed of his people Israel, "Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever" (Isaiah 28:9 NLT).

Don't forget that when you carry your baby today that you are being like the Great Shepherd whom you love and want to emulate.

Love from Nancy

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