As a mom I think about my kids 24/7 they are the first thing on my mind in the morning and the last thing on my mind before I fall asleep. My life revolves around my tiny humans. But do they fully understand just how much I love them? Do they know that when I look into their sweet little faces I could flood a room with happy tears. They are my world. But, do they feel my unconditional love?
Often times motherhood can get messy. It can be easy for me to get caught up in the frustration of the spilt juice again, or overwhelmed by the amount of laundry. The daily tasks I complete can be mind numbing and exhausting and truth be told no one I live with truly notices every detail I accomplish nor do they fully understand that I do it all for them. Talk about annoying!!! Then the grouchy mom face comes out and I start; the rule is to have your bedroom clean before bed, the rule is that everyone helps pick up toys, the rule…the rule….the rule….pretty soon my children are viewing me as the big crabby rule monster.
Before I had a true relationship with God I viewed him a lot like above. The big scary rule monster who had no love for me because I was constantly messing up. How could the Lord of all creation have any love for little me who couldn’t follow his 10 simple commands. I never felt deserving enough of a love like His. I’m going to take a wild guess and say that God was probably pretty frustrated with me. He was sitting up there in heaven with oodles of love to pour out onto me, he gave his one and only son for me (us) but I just was not seeing it. Talk about annoying!!! (Ya see where I’m going with this)
Thankfully over time I learned of God’s unfailing love. It took some time but I now understand that God loves every broken piece of me. He always has, even when I break the rules he’s right there to correct my mistake with a big mercy filled heart.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us -Romans 5:8
I think it’s important as a mother to show my kids unconditional love especially through the “frustrating’ times. Just as God has done and continues to do for me. I do not want them to view me as the big scary rule monster. Yes, I need to enforce rules but I should never let them feel less loved because they broke them. We have rules BECAUSE we love them. Its’s SO important they understand that.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it -Hebrews 12:11
Love is so beautiful and I want my kids to see love on my face far more often than they seem grumpy mom face. Enforcing rules is part of parenting but let’s be Christ like and enforce with love, mercy and forgiveness.
We love, because he first love us -1 John 4:19
Happy Valentines Day friends!