She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son, she said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” So, she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children. (Genesis 29:35 NIV)

Many of you who read matters of the heart know that I own a paraprofessional training school for Home health aides and nurse’s aides.  On the first day of class one of the main areas of study is basic human needs. If you have taken psychology 101 as a prerequisite in college, Abraham Maslow An American Psychologist in 1943, wrote a paper titled “A Theory of Human Motivation.”  The theory stated that people are motivated to achieve certain needs and that some of these needs take precedence over others. Our most basic need is for physical survival, food, clothing and shelter and these items are the first things that motivate our behavior. Once that is fulfilled, the next level is safety and security, followed by a sense of belongingness, a need to be valued and loved.  There are going to be times in life when friends and loved ones miss the mark in this area of our life. Sometimes the applause stops, and on occasion, it never occurred. It’s unfortunate that on occasion we have Leah spirits, seeking the love and affection of someone who does not know how to love and value our contributions. One thing I can assure you, God values and loves us very much. Romans reminds us that God demonstrated his love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  That’s enough to have a praise pause right there. 1st Peter reminds us that we were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold…but with the precious blood of Christ. That’s enough for another praise pause. No games, no ultimatums, no hidden agendas, just redeemed by the blood of the lamb. Finally, when Leah knew she was never going to have Jacobs love, she named her last son Judah the name is Hebrew meaning praise. This time instead of seeking love in unlovable places, Leah was going to give glory to the lord.  I hope and pray that you have a “this time” moment and know that you have a father in heaven who not only loves you unconditionally but values your life; created in his image. (imago Dei) So, the next time someone disappoints you, look to the Lord and remain anchored in knowing that while we were yet sinners, filthy, Christ died for us. Remain encouraged God Bless you.