Love is a choice. It is based on facts and not feelings. It is not the culmination of candlelit dinners and champagne. Anyone with children knows that it is a commitment. One that is sometimes hard to keep. We parents get disappointed when our children do not live up to our "expectations". As a parent I always want my kids to do the right thing 100% of the time but in reality I myself am usually able to only pull that off about 10% of the time. There are often some hard truths that have to be faced as a mom, about your children and yourself. I think that is why we often choose to look the other way.
I am a child myself, I have my earthly parents and I have my Father in Heaven. He calls me on my crap...a lot. Sometimes he shows me a picture of myself that I think I cannot stand to look at. Sometimes he shows me a family portrait of he and I through my children that I think I won't be able to bear. I stare at the picture and my heart breaks because I see things that I don't want to see, pride, rebellion, anger, pain, frustration, greed...sometimes I want to throw that portrait away.
In that picture God is always present, always near, always holding onto me and no matter what ugly thing I see in me, what I see in him is his love for me. Everlasting love that will never leave me or forsake me. That is the kind of love I feel for you my dear children. There will be trials, yes. There will be consequences, yes. There will be brokenness, yes. I will call you on your crap....a lot. But I will always love you because NOTHING will separate you from my love I am c-h-o-o-s-i-n-g to love you. I am not always feelin' it but I am choosing it and I will chose it again tomorrow if I have to!