Loving a Toddler in the Unlovable Moments

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Have you ever had one of those moments of revelation? Like a moment when something you knew finally clicks in a whole new way?

Well, I had one of those “ah ha”  moments during my morning quiet time. I love it when God penetrates our thoughts and hearts to show us a new way of understanding. I have always understood the concept of God’s love for me being unconditional but it hit me in a whole new way.

Lately Blake has been very stubborn, defiant and disobedient…you know that sin nature shining through real bright. I’ve struggled with feeling defeated over too much discipline or not enough. He has really tested my patience and at times I’ve just wanted to scream out of frustration. It has been challenging loving the toddler moments lately!

Little boy wearing underwear on his head
He didn’t listen but ended up creating a cute moment

This morning I was reading about love and it hit me…

God doesn’t love me because I’m easy to love. He loves me because He is loving.

It’s His nature to love. It is simply who He is. As I thought about this (I’ll be honest); I burst into tears.

As a parent I can now understand this better than I could before (especially right now as I deal with loving a toddler in the unlovable moments). I love Blake in his terrible moments but not because he’s easy to love in his those moments but because I love him unconditionally. This is a small picture of God’s love for me. When I’m acting terrible and unlovable He loves me unconditionally.

I love how God is using this season of motherhood to reveal more of His heart to me. I can relate in ways I never could before. If I, a sinful human, can love in the unlovable moments think how much more He loves! 

 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

(1 John 4:10 New King James Version)

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.

(John 15:9 New King James Version)

He loves us even before and when we don’t love Him. That’s crazy! But I understand it a little better because I love Blake and Raelynn beyond measure even though they may not love me back. And that’s ok because it’s not about them loving me. It’s about me showing them the love of God which is far better than any earthly love.

Share in the comments below a recent “ah ha” moment God gave you. I love hearing how God is working through the mundane and everyday parts of motherhood!

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