I love you for loving me in spite of myself.
I love you for making me a mother and changing my entire life from that very moment until this one.
I love you for learning life with me, honoring our bond and linking arms with me to get through.
I love you for making me a grandmother and opening my world in ways I couldn’t have imagined beforehand.
I love you for appreciating me and being beautifully patient when I didn’t do the same for myself.
I love you for fighting for me and to me no matter what it has taken to be there.
I love you for making every time with you a shining one and always, always being over joyed to run into my arms.
I love you for putting God first… even if it means climbing through blood, sweat and tears to keep doing so.
I love you for the immediate defense in you when you see me wounded in any way.
I love you for being a heart reader and a truth teller and one of the deepest humans on earth.
I love you for rushing madly into my arms and singing out my name like it is a song.
I love you for smiling so dearly into my heart that I can’t look away until you do.
I love you for being dear, kind and truly authentic every day of your life.
I love you for showing up and staying put no matter how hard the storm hits.
I love you for remembering the little things that so many miss … and how you hold those little-but-huge things in your heart.
I love you for expressions and gazes that transform my day into something extraordinary… every single time.
I love you for being fierce, touched to your very soul, and shining all at once, all the time.
I love you for being and appearing stronger than just about anyone in this world, even when you don’t feel very strong at all.
I love you for all these things and in all these ways. This collection of words doesn’t even touch the oceans and oceans worth of affection in my heart.
What I want you to know MORE than any of these things though? I want you to know that I love you when we are arguing and when I think you are being ridiculous. I love you when you aren’t making the decisions I want you to make and when your priorities are wrong. I love you when you hurt me and even when the wounds knock me out of breath. I love you when you are guilty, mean, failing, sinning, and falling short.
I love you through it all because Jesus Christ has loved me through it all. How can I look at His relentless love for me and not hope and pray to love you the same way? He loved you, me and He loves all so much that He gave His most beloved gift possible to save us. He loves so much that He did this in the midst of great sin. He loved and He loves in the worst of times and in the middle of our most horrible messes. His love is our love. He loves us and shows us how to love each other.
Our love won’t always be easy to give and maybe harder to feel. Our love will not be perfect because we are not perfect but His love is. We can take in His love and serve from hearts overflowing. May we love beyond our selves, our pain, and our suffering from the love He loves us with.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. I Corinthians 13:4-7