I love my children’s sense of time.
This happened this morning.
Little Man: Mom! “Bambino” is awake. You gotta go get him!
Me: No not yet, he’s ok for another little while.
LM: But he’s calling to get out now!
Me: He’s fine. He’s just waking up. I need to get my breakfast ready first.
LM: But mo-om! (You know, the 2 syllable 3 letter word) it’s going to take a hundred days to get your breakfast!!
No sweetie, not quite that long…
I love it when I hear his genuine desire to be a real superhero so he can save the whole world from the bad guy.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommas out there! And to all of the mommas who influence your life. Make sure they feel extra special today. Maybe write your own words inside a card like Little Man did for me (with the help of daddy):
I love spending time with my boys one-on-one. Sometimes it’s like there’s a switch in their personalities and they revel in the focused, undivided attention from their momma.
This afternoon it’s just me and Bambino. Without Little Man taking charge of the toys and territory he is free to do as he pleases; and he is loving it! I love seeing this side of him and it’s fun to speculate how his personality will grow and change as he continues to grow.
Here’s Bambino, the little poser, saying “Cheese!!” He just loves the camera.
As I was listening to KLOVE‘s morning radio show, the hosts brought up a comment that a listener had wrote into the station regarding marriage. The listener relayed that the worst word you could ever say to your spouse after saying “I love you” is BUT. It’s like you put limitations on your love and diminishes its value. They said instead, the BUT should be replaced with AND: “I love you and I dislike the mess you left in the bathroom,” “I love you and I would really love it if you put away the basket of clothes” and so on. One little word and it really makes a big difference.
I reflected on this and came to the stark realization that not only have I used these words in my home with my husband, but also with my children. How many times during disciplinary action have I said “I love you but mommy is disappointed that you didn’t listen.” Its true essence is saying that I only love you when you are doing good. In reality, I love my children regardless of whether they are behaving well or at their worst. My love for my children has no limitations. It is unconditional. What message do they really hear when they hear me say “I love you but mommy is busy right now.”
Can you imagine if our heavenly Father reserved conditions for his love for us? I love you BUT your life is a mess right now. If this were the case, some people would never feel the love of God or really feel worthy of his love. Well, the thing is, none of us are worthy of his love. That’s why it’s called grace and this grace covers everything. This love in unconditional and undeserved. There is nothing you can do or say that will keep the love of God from you.
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.
How awesome it is that God has no BUTS. He simply says “I love you, I love you, I love YOU.” As Christians we should model Christ-and that means in our homes, in our relationships with our spouses, our children, our friends and family. Love without conditions, undeserved, just like Christ loved us; full of grace.