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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – February 20, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – February 20, 2020

God First Loved Us
By Susan Grace
In October, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. I could write a long list of things to share on how truly wonderful this baby is to me and my husband! Children are a blessing from God and this baby has greatly blessed us.
However, about a week after my baby was born, I had a really bad day. I’m sure it was related to the postpartum healing and lack of sleep… nonetheless, it was a really bad day. Based on the many baby stories I’ve heard, our baby must be an easy baby, but even so, babies are a lot of work and my life had completely changed. I was constantly serving this baby. My schedule was NONSTOP baby and while he was such a good baby, my previous life was gone and I loved that life. I missed the freedom. Now I had a new life filled with so much responsibility and I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t do anything but cry which emphasized and made for a really bad day. I realized I was  resentful that the baby had caused such a change and I felt myself withdraw from my hubby and child. My husband took over with baby care. I crawled in bed and took a long nap while telling myself I needed to figure out how to face this new life.
After sleeping, I held the baby and thought “I am going to have to love you and not do what I want to do but be constantly serving you when you can’t even feed yourself… “ Then it hit me! Jesus gave up a perfect life to love me. He died for me and loved me when I couldn’t offer him anything good in return. Yet here I am complaining about having to care for a baby, our baby. This is when I learned a much deeper understanding of what sacrificial love is. My new purpose in life was to specifically mirror the love that Jesus showed for me in loving this baby, which I am fully able to do because of the love of Jesus. The love Jesus has for me is overflowing from me to my baby boy.
I know that my attitude and mood still swing. I am in community with young moms and have heard the struggles and prayed. But I am on the alert and hoping to be quick to confess when I need help. I’m not in this alone. God is present and good family and friends are here to help our full home. I’m blessed with a husband that is committed to sacrificially loving our son too. Parenting isn’t for cowards so we pray for brave parents, for single moms and dads, for joy in nurturing life.
1 John 4:19 we love because he first loved us.
Romans 5:8 But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.