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Monday, October 15, 2007

We've Got Enough Love to Go Around

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)

Read Chapter 3 (Daddy's Girl: Knowing God as Father ) from Biblical Womanhood in the Home

When I was pregnant with DearDaughter2 I was really sad because I wondered how I am able to love 2 children. I thought I had poured out all my love onto DearDaughter1 and I wasn't sure that I could love another child just as much...

Then, on a recent Sesame Street episode, Elmo wanted to play checkers with one of the adult women, but she needed to put her baby, Marco, down for a nap. Elmo got really jealous of Marco because Marco's Mommy no longer spent enough time with Elmo. When Marco's mom returned to play checkers with Elmo, Elmo was in a bassinet dressed as a baby and he explained that the only way he thought he could get her attention was if he acted like a baby. Then, Marco's mom explained that she loved Marco, but she also loved Elmo just as much as before and then broke into a song where the message was "we've got enough love to go around."

As I listened to the song, I broke down in tears because the song was so true. I never thought I could love DearDaughter2 just as much as I love DearDaughter1, but I do and in all honesty I don't know if I can love one more and love the other one less. There is enough love to go around.

As I contemplated the love that I have for my girls, I started to understand better the love that our heavenly Father has for us. We are told in Scripture that God is love (1 John 4:16). If I have enough love to go around for my 2 little girls, how much greater is God's love for us and how infiite is God's love for us, especially if God is love! It is no wonder that He sacrificed His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, on the cross for us to be with Him eternally in heaven. As Toby Mac has put it "I was made to love You and be loved by You!"


Why do we love Him?
Spurgeon, "THE CHURCH'S LOVE TO HER LOVING LORD"

Because before this round earth ever was fashioned
between the palms of the great Creator- before he
had painted the rainbow, or hung out the lights of
the sun and moon, Christ's delights were with us.
He foresaw us and he knew what we should be-
and as he looked upon us, the glance was love.

He delighted to sit upon the throne of glory, and to
remember his dear ones who were yet to he born.
It was the great prospect which his mighty and
infinite spirit had- a joy that was set before him,
that he should see a multitude that no man could
number who should be his beloved forever!

Oh, if you know that Jesus had loved you from before
all worlds, you must love him. At least you will grant
there cannot be a better reason for love than love.

Love demands; no, it does not demand- it takes
by almighty force, by irresistible energy, that heart
captive, upon whom it thus sets itself.

1 comment:

Tiffany said...

I've heard a lot of people express how concerned they were about loving their second child enough. And I am lucky to say I never experienced that during pregnancy. However, now that my baby girl is here-she is now 10 weeks old, I often wonder if my son feels neglected-because I know I am not spending enough one on one time with him. I am nursing and sometimes it seems I barely have a break between nursing and caring for her to spend time with my 2 year old son. I know I have enough love to go around it's just making sure my time is divided somewhat evenly has been the most difficult task.

Your babies are beautiful-love the photos