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Hartselle Enquirer

Lessons on Love

Renee Poole, Special to the Enquirer

If you had told me when I was a teenager that I would be a work from home mother of five at the age of thirty-two, I would have laughed and told you that you were crazy. I was fairly certain at that point in my life that IF I had children, it would be one or two max, and only after I had an established, successful career. I never would have thought I would be where I am today. But I absolutely love where I am today. I love the fact that I have five beautiful blessings from above. Every day is not easy by any means, and my children frustrate the mess out of me each day without fail, but I still love them with everything that I have. Becoming a parent has taught me the true meaning of unconditional love.

I only caught a glimpse of this kind of love before becoming a mother. Yes, I had loving parents who I loved and still love dearly. I had friends with whom I shared secrets and loved. I even had boyfriends along the way who I thought I loved, but at different levels. I even thought I truly loved my husband like I could never love anyone else. Then I had kids, and everything changed. Each one has taught me over and over again what it means to truly love someone unconditionally. From the first little kicks that I felt as I carried each one in my womb, to the first time I got to see them and hold them, to the little grins and giggles from tickle fights in the living room floor, I am reminded how deeply I love these little gems in my life.

I experience days when I don’t necessarily feel as though I could give or show love, and I am irritable and short with them because they are acting out, fighting, not doing as I ask. I sometimes yell and scream and shout out threats of spankings or time out or groundings to get their attention when they are going crazy. I am not proud of these times, but I also realize that without these moments, I wouldn’t appreciate the times when they are little angels. I wouldn’t have something better to strive towards, as I long to give my children the kind of godly mother I so desperately want to be. But no matter how many bad days we go through, my love for them never changes. It never fades, it only grows. No matter how mad they might make me for whatever reasons, I still love them like no other. No matter how many fights, mistakes, or wrong turns they may take, I know that there is nothing that can separate them from my love.

And then I think about God’s love for me, for us. If I can love my children this much to the point it’s difficult to even describe, how much more does God love me – us? How much deeper is His love for me? I’m only human, and it is said that because we are sinners, we cannot love perfectly. As much as I love my children, it still does not compare to God’s perfect love. So whether you have children or not, just take a moment and think about how deeply you love the people in your life. Is it not that much more that God loves us? Why would we run from that kind of love.

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