January 30, 2003, Greg and I welcomed our first child into the world. Landon Grey Ritchie was the most precious child I had ever seen. Little did I know that he would change my life in so many unexpected ways. When we got Landon home, I took him to his room and sat down in the rocking chair. As I rocked him back and forth, I looked down into his sweet, beautiful face. I said to him, “I love you so much! I would do anything to keep you safe and well.” I even thought that it was so amazing that I would do so much and even give my life, if necessary, for this little one. It was a beautiful quiet voice that at that moment said “You love Landon that much, and it’s nothing compared to how much I love you.” I wept because for the first time in my life, I actually got it! I understood what God had been desperately wanting me to understand. He was crazy about me! His love was so rich and deep that I couldn’t possibly comprehend it all. But I understood enough. In my circumstance, I believe God allowed me to become a mother if for no other reason than to see that He had not been completely represented. I had only seen an image that was a little bit of love and a whole lot of scary. God wants to be involved in the everyday details of our lives. He cares about us, not as a collective group of humanity, but as individuals. He keeps an accurate count of how many hairs we have. That tells me that we must be pretty important.
I love being a mom! And I love the fact that so many of the lessons I have learned about God have been taught by my children. The love of God is amazing, powerful and yes, very real.
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