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Grandchildren can be brutally honest. They don't mean what they say in a bad way. They're just stating the truth, as their little minds see it. For instance, the other day my granddaughter Ellie was sitting on my lap and matter of fact-ly stated "I love you so much grandma. You have hair in your nose. You need to clean that out". Boy, statements like that are such confidence boosters 😂 Or the time I was holding little Gabe and he was hugging me and smiling and his chubby little 1 year old hand kept reaching up and grabbing grandma's turkey neck. He just laughed and laughed. Grandma did not. You know what's so amazing though? The things that I think are so unattractive in myself as I get older hold no barring on the love my grandchildren feel toward me. They love me regardless. They love me in my pajamas, with no makeup and my hair thrown up in the messiest (not in a cool way) bun just as much as they love me on Sunday morning all dressed up for church. To think of what comfort this unconditional love brings is such a joy, but it cannot be compared to the comfort we can have knowing the true unconditional love Christ has for us. It doesn't matter how ugly you think your heart is. It doesn't matter how much you feel like you have blown it. It doesn't matter what happened in your past or what is happening right now in your present. At our very worst, when others around us see only the ugly nose hairs of our lives, Christ loves us still. Even as they are shaking their heads and muttering about how we need to clean ourselves up~God our Father, because of Christ's payment on the cross~sees only the beauty inside our hearts and He has compassion. We can continue to fail Him daily, but He will never leave us or forsake us. He will continually grab that turkey neck of trouble we find ourselves in and will whisper to our broken hearts~ "I will take care of that for you." And then, He will restore that brokenness with laughter. I can't imagine choosing to only come into my grand children's presence when I look "Sunday ready" because I know for a fact, I would never see them. Remind yourself of this, even if it's on a daily basis. Don't wait to come to God when you think you are good enough. Come to Him now, in all your brokenness, heart ache and hurt. Bring all your mistakes, all your pain, all the ugliness you might think your heart holds, and let His love wash over you. There is nothing in this world that can compare to the unconditional love of God our Father.