Loved Beyond Measure

11 May

Charlotte

Charlotte, my older daughter, has been dealing with a little bit of separation anxiety. So much so that she has even been refusing to do the things she most enjoys if mommy is not right there with her.

Now if I were to ask Charlotte to tell you how she knows her mommy loves her, she would have a whole host of reasons.

Mommy is sweet to me. She kisses me. She buys me toys. She gives me ice cream. She takes me to the park. She gives me snuggles and cuddles.

But I am pretty certain that she would tell you that the times I force her to leave me to go to children’s church or to spend an afternoon at a friend’s house would definitely NOT be her idea of how mommy should show love to her.

But the reality is that I am showing love to her—love that goes beyond her capacity to measure love. It’s in that moment of terrible, horrible, awful difficulty when she is feeling lost and abandoned that she is growing. She is learning she can handle the tough things in life. She is learning to trust that her mommy has her best intentions at heart.

If I were to let her stay with me, she would never grow. She would never learn she could do things without mommy and she would never become the woman she should be. (On a side note, I realize I can’t give her only the difficulty. It would crush her. But difficulty mixed in with a whole lot of security, kisses, love, and good times is really what she needs.)

It’s the same way with our relationship with the Lord. We would say that God loves us and that He cares for us when He is pouring blessings on us. But when the difficulty comes, it can sometimes be difficult to believe the truth we know in our hearts. But just as I go beyond Charlotte’s capacity to understand love, God many times goes beyond our capacity to measure love and loves us “beyond measure” even in the hard things of life.

So, even in the midst of disappointment, we can trust Him. We may not understand right now how His love is measured. But we can rest in knowing even the difficulty is part of His love.

7 Responses to “Loved Beyond Measure”

  1. Austin May 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    excellent, amen

  2. JillianLeigh May 11, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Great post Kelli. I had never thought of it quite like that before. You are a great mom. You are raising strong girls. They have an awesome example in their mother.

  3. Lori Bassham May 12, 2014 at 3:39 am #

    Kelli, this was great! I needed this this week. Love you friend!

  4. Teri May 13, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    Such a good thought, Kelli! Thanks for this.

  5. Elizabeth May 13, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    Thanks for sharing! I needed this this morning! Love ya!

  6. Val May 15, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    Another excellent article. If we (as bad as we are) know how to make gift and love what is beyond measure… how much more our God’s loves for us?!

  7. kari May 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    Kelli Thank you I’ve been needing to hear this for some time now. Especially today. May God continue to use you always.

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