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Babies are made for holding!

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Well, at least that’s what my mother use to tell me when my babies were small.  And believe me, now that my brand new grandson has been born, I’m thinking truer words were never spoken.  Another thing, I might add, is that these grandmother’s arms are aching to hold her brand-new grandson.

As I write this blog, my daughter-in-laws parents and grandmother are in route back to their homes.  I imagine my daughter-in-law might be struggling emotionally right about now so I pray God will comfort and strengthen her.  It seems that having a baby plays havoc with the emotions of the mom.  Once those particular hormones get stirred up during the whole pregnancy/birth thing, a woman is never the same.

Actually, she’s in a better state, in my opinion.  For now she is sensitive to understanding her relationship to God in a way that up until that baby arrived, she was pretty much clueless about.  I regret to say that I didn’t quite get that whole parent/child relationship as to how it was inter-connected with the relationship I had with my heavenly Father until my children were college age.  And while I deeply regret it, my fiery dart’s training inspires me to move my thoughts to focus on the fact that I did finally get it and my love for my children and my heavenly Father has been the richer for it ever since.

There is so much that having children can reveal to you about your relationship with God.  For I wonder, if after God created Adam & Eve, he might have asked Himself this question, “Now what can I create for this couple that would help them get a truer understanding of how I feel about them?  I know, I will give them children.”

Yep, as any of you parents know, loving your children teaches you volumes about loving sacrificially.  Loving those precious ones like you do puts you in touch with God’s kind of love.  Father’s and Mother’s alike love from a vastly different perspective once that baby arrives.  Now your heart lives outside your body and you will lovingly spend the rest of your life guarding and protecting your heart.  No child ever outgrows that.

It’s unfathomable how my heart has expanded over the years to include 4 children and 9 grandchildren while my  capacity to love each and every one never diminished.  Isn’t it a wonder how the capability to love only increases with each child we are blessed to parent?  It is a mystery from the heart of God that defies explanation!  And yet, it does not require an explanation to understand it; for to experience it is to understand it.

As my son and daughter-in-law experience for the first time this sweetest of mysteries from God, my prayer is that early on they will make the connection between understanding the love God has for them as they love their own precious infant son.  From this point on, may they always be open to hearing the tender parental voice of God as He reveals nuances of His love for them that has been fashioned out of the love a parent has for His child. 

A Loving Mother!

A Loving Father!

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A Great Way to Prepare for the Future; Enjoy the Present!

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Yesterday I was talking to a young mom of 4 about how my life had been impacted by my son & daughter-in-law’s (and now my pre born grandchild!) moving to a land far away to become missionaries.  This blog has recorded that journey as honestly as I could with the hope that it would offer those of you comfort who find themselves in a similar situation.  She brought up a subject during our conversation that I would like to address here.

Some of you who read my blog are young mothers yourselves and the thought that God might call those precious souls you are bound to oh so tightly, to separate themselves from you at some point in the future and go serve God far far away fills your heart with dread and fear.  It’s just more than you can bear!

And you know what, you are exactly right!  You can’t!

Right now you don’t need to be thinking of such things.  You are to make the most of each moment.  Pack as many blessed memories away as you can.  Should the day come when you have to endure such a separation, then having a store of blessed memories will sustain you.

When they are this size, Just enjoy them!

Don’t waste ANY time worrying about whether or not God is going to call your children to a land far away.  Your focus should be to enjoy those blessed treasures of your children every moment you have them.  Concentrate on raising them to desire God’s will above all else in the present and by the time the future arrives you will have prepared you and them to do whatever God calls them to.

(b/c remember the safest place on earth is in the center of God’s will).

Pray for them to be passionate about their devotion to God and to be singleminded in their service to Him.  (And of course this is going to be much easier for them if they have your example to follow!)

Gather scriptures along the way that will guide and sustain you as you raise your precious babes.  And know that as hard as you’ll try, you are going to mess up.  But take heart, there’s a sustaining and powerful verse I’ve called upon all my parenting years:

I Peter 4:8:  Above all, maintain an intense love for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins.

You just love those sweet children as much as you can.  Always allowing it’s force to motivate you to do what’s best for your children, putting their needs above your own.  It will cover the unintentional mistakes you may make along the way.  And listen some of those mistakes may be pretty serious, but know that God’s love covers your children. God sees into your heart and His love will also rescue you.  It will all work together for your good and theirs.  You have His assurance on that. (Please note that I’m referring to unintentional mistakes here.  Those mistakes you make when you aught to know better belong in a different category, my dear parent.  Those mistakes have the potential to jeopardize your child’s future calling from God. If you are on the wrong track right now; think of your child’s future and get back where you belong!)

Psalm 39:23 A man’s steps are established by the LORD,
and He takes pleasure in his way. 24 Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the LORD holds his hand.

Romans 8:28:  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,

So, go enjoy your wonderful gifts from God.  Don’t entertain fearful thoughts regarding the future of your children.  Love and enjoy them every day you have them, make beautiful memories and store them away.  Enjoy the present; that’s a great way to prepare for the future!

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