Sometimes it feels like I am the only mom that screws up. I’m the only mom that replied with a harsh word, forgot to sign the permission slip, or can’t keep up with the pile of laundry. I’m the only Christian mom whose kids run down the church hallway after asking them to walk, who throws together a PB&J every day for lunch without notice of nutritional balance, or who sometimes rushes through morning prayers to shuttle kids to school.
In all these things I sometimes think I am failing God and He must be shaking his head at me saying, “I’m disappointed in you.”
But scripture tells us differently.
But God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Still sinners—not polished moms with hot meals on the table right on time every night.
God loved us first and his love continues.
Makes sense, right?
The moment I saw my squishy burrito of a boy after childbirth, I loved him with a deep, enduring, never-stopping kind of love. Before he cooed, cuddled, pooped, or even smiled at me—I loved him first.
And now when my oldest replies to me in a snarky way, it wounds my heart, but I don’t stop loving him. When my toddler screams, “No!” to his fresh-made spaghetti, I may cringe in irritation, but I love him still—truly—deeply.
Nothing my children say or do will stop me from loving them with all my heart.
Perfect Love, Perfect God
If we, in our imperfection, experience such a great love for our kids before they ever loved us in return, we know God’s love for us must exceed ours immensely. After all, He is perfect, holy, exalted, and mighty. His love is the ultimate, unending, faithful kind of love.
Being a godly mom means embracing God’s love, then learning (through lots of trail and error) to walk in that love.
God loves us when the dishes are piled—and when we are cleaning them.
God loves us when we say a harsh word—and when we ask forgiveness.
God loves us when we grumble—and when we choose thankfulness.
God loves us all the time. He loves us in our sin. He loves us enough to die for us and forgive us of our sin.
So, sweet mama. Don’t believe the lie that the more perfect of a mom you are, the more God loves you. Of course it brings Him honor when we serve with faithfulness in motherhood, but love? No.
God, thank you for your unconditional love. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins before I knew you. Please help me to embrace Your love for me and not try to earn it. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.
Is there an area in your life you are trying to earn God’s favor instead of embrace His unconditional love? Sit quietly for a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you. Then pray.
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