And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity
Becoming a mother was life changing. After losing a baby, I was desperate for motherhood but so unprepared. Anxiety was intensified by lack of sleep and feelings of frustration. I felt so selfish, and this little boy wanted and needed everything I had. I would look into my son’s sweet face and know that he deserved more. But I couldn’t give up. God had chosen me to be this little miracle’s mother.
One step from the breaking point, I prayed. I cried, “Lord, let everything I do be filtered through love.” I prayed that every word was one of compassion. That every look my boy saw was saturated with mine and God’s care for him. I prayed that God would cover my struggle with His mercy, and my child would see the awe and gratitude that I held close to my heart. With that prayer on my lips so many times each day, life shifted.
God allowed love to break past every other emotion, and He showed me why I was chosen. I had become so absorbed in my weakness that I forgot that it wasn’t my job to be strong, to be perfect. In my harried state, I had let go of the hand of my Savior. As soon as I called, He came rushing in to show us both how immensely loved we are.
Ladies, His love is always the answer. When you don’t have time for a shower, and you can’t soothe the tears, focus on love. Let go of the pretense, the standards, and the powerful pull to be perfect, and pray for love. Your Heavenly Father is always ready to pour out His affection.
Lord, reign in our lives. Fill our minutes with so much love that it pours out of us. Let us be a shining beacon for you in our relationships and every interaction. Amen.
What emotions are reigning in your life?
Are there expectations/fears/lies that prevent you from feeling or showing love above all?
Kendra is a wife, mother of one, and a reader of any book placed in her hands. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, she never thought she would follow that path. Twenty years and one Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies later, she’s accepted and embraced that God has bigger and better plans. As Kendra transitioned from full-time career to stay-at-home mom, God rekindled a love of writing that has renewed a drive and purpose for which she was desperately searching. In her writings, she hopes to encourage all of those who feel like they have no idea what they are doing.