I will always sing about the Lord’s love. – Psalm 89:1 NCV
Do you love your children? Of course you do! But some days, especially when the terrible twos (or threes or fours) or frustrating fourteen hits, your love may be (just a teeny weeny bit) stretched to the limits. Even then you still fiercely, absolutely love these little ones. But still, COULD YOU JUST LET MOMMY HAVE 3.2 MINUTES OF QUIET TIME???
We all want to give our kids everything that is good and protect them from sickness, accidents, or any disappointments in their lives. We find joy in their successes, telling everyone (or posting ALL THE PICS to Instagram) about first words, steps, or potty training. Our hearts break when they are sad and our anger (okay mostly mine) flares when someone mistreats them. Even if our children grow up, leave home, disappoint us, and follow a path that’s contrary to our lifestyles and beliefs, there will always be a soft spot of love in our hearts for our kids.
Yet, there is someone who loves our children more than we ever could. Wait, what?! How could you possibly say that! That someone is God. While a mother’s love is one of the most amazing loves our children will ever feel, it is limited, imperfect, and will eventually come to an end on this earth.
God’s love, however, is a forever thing.
Neither death nor life, nor angels nor ruling spirits nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers,nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39 NCV). Did you get that? NOTHING. EVER. All God does for us is rooted in His incredible love for us. Even if our kids rebel against Him and go their own way,God still loves them. Prodigal son, anyone?
His love never fails. EVER.
Sometimes we feel God’s love is too good to be true. Today’s TV, media ads, social media, and even other moms pressure us into thinking that we need to look or act a certain way to be loved and accepted. Alot of times, we have trouble accepting our own imperfections and therefore have trouble believing that anyone could love us unconditionally, with limitless love.
Sometimes we feel that God could never love our children more than we do. It is hard to let go of that lie that He is greater than we. But we can take comfort in knowing that God loves our children so much (and us too!) that He purposed each and every one of us!
The better news is that God doesn’t love us for our personality, talents, or designer jeans. He doesn’t love our child more because they made the cheer squad, or basketball team, or aced that science test last week. He doesn’t love us less when we don’t have the right clothes, fail the science test, don’[t make the team, or fail as a mom.
Let’s start opening our hearts to God’s love, my fellow moms, and teach our children to ignore the message of the media and believe instead the message of the Sunday school song, “Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so…” God’s love is a forever thing no matter where you find yourself or what your child has done to test you this week. We know in our hearts this is true. Let’s open our hearts and let this message shine through.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”