“Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”  –Romans 12:9

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I am so thankful for my little girl who is my living, breathing lesson about love.

Before I became a mom, I thought I knew what love was.  But welcoming Zoe into my life has made me realize that my understanding of love was incomplete.

On our own, we can kind of love.  But when God is involved? We can LOVE.

There is so much “bad” in our world and it seems impossible to find anything pure or right.

I certainly don’t find it in myself.  Sometimes it seems impossible to lovingly deal with difficult people, to put someone else’s needs first, to serve someone when I don’t want to, to stay away from badmouthing others when they really frustrate me, to be a peacemaker when I’ve been hurt.  It’s tempting to just settle for being mostly loving, mostly caring, mostly compassionate, mostly at peace.

But then I look at my little girl and realize that the love I feel for her is more than mostly love. It’s full-on fierce and terrifying LOVE, purer and better than anything I could create.  It flows straight from God to me to her and I don’t have a choice in the matter—it sweeps me away and changes my entire life and everything I once wanted and “needed” becomes secondary.

This is LOVE.  Good.  Sincere.  Powerful.  Transforming.  A mighty weapon.  A gentle change agent.  Holy.  Pure. Something to cling to.  Something to build a life on.

He’s amazed me with how much I can love her.  What else could He do in and through me if I would let Him?

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