I never really appreciated what my mom did for me until I grew wiser. My mom was a single parent who loved her children unconditionally. There was never a time I felt unloved or unwanted. My siblings and I did not always have the latest toy or expensive clothing or shoes, but we always had all that we needed. She knew what was important not only to me but also my siblings. She knew my birthday was always a big deal to me. When she got sick and I would go visit her in the nursing home, I would introduce myself because she had lost her sight and had dementia. However, she would say, I know who you are, Tomeka. That always made me smile! When she met my future husband, she did not forget him even though her illness had progressed. Even though she had so much more to be concerned about, she made sure to remember the important things in my life. I can say without a doubt, I am her child!
On a Tuesday evening at the age of 12, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I was no longer fatherless. Psalm 68:5 tells me my God is father to the fatherless. God has loved me and kept me even when I did not deserve it.
When I needed help along this journey of life, He has given me help.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrew. 4:16
When I decided I knew what was best for my life, God disciplined me.
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Hebrew 12:7–8
When I was so entangled with sin, God gave me a way out.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
When I decided to return to Him, He greeted me with open arms.
And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15:20
I can say without a doubt, I am God’s child!
God has given us all the opportunity to become His child. It is not a secret club that only a select few have access to.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons-. Galatians 4:4–5.
Let us all join this club. All we have to do is repent and accept Christ Jesus as our Savior.
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Once we do this simple step, we become His heir.
So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:6–7
We are God’s children! I am his child!
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Tomeka Jones is a higher education professional at her local community college. She has been married to her college sweetheart for 18 years and they are the proud parents of one amazing daughter. In the fall you can catch her on the pitch watching her daughter or watching college football. She loves to tell other women about God’s unconditional love for them. Click here to read more about Tomeka.