Elin has stolen our hearts from the moment she was born. But we have loved her long before we even met her.
The nature of love is to give and to seek the best for others. And that's what we do as Moms, don't we? We give everything we can and all the time we have to nurture our little ones without expecting anything in return. Motherhood has allowed me to experience the magnitude of God's love in ways I never imagined. When we are sleep-deprived for the past... (hmm, we forgot because we were sleep-deprived then ;p), when we changed our baby's diapers for the tenth times at night, when we have to clean up their mess at the worst possible times of the day... We still do it for the sake of our little ones even when we are so physically, mentally, and emotionally tired. And we still love them dearly and unconditionally.
How can a sinner like me loves someone so deeply despite many of their shortcomings? 1 John 4 says we love because God first loved us and love comes from God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. And 1 Peter 4:8 says that love covers a multitude of sins. There is nothing that we can do that makes us deserve God's unconditional love. But He loves us so much that He sacrificed His only Son so we may have eternal life. It was free, but it was not cheap!
"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved... For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." - Ephesians 2: 4-5, 8-9
I thank God for His grace, for the gift of marriage, and for motherhood. Love is magnetic. Now I know why I can love her so much!