After a few years of experience as a boy mom, they tell me this one’s gonna be a girl. As excited as I am about buying pink, I’m a little nervous about this. (And not only because I spent most of my adolescence yelling hurtful things at my own mother.) The other day when I was praying for my kids and their marriages and future spouses, I was reminded again of the weight of responsibility that comes with raising a girl. When raising my boys to be godly husbands and fathers, I can point to their father and say, “Look at how hard he works to support his family. Look at how he helps me when he gets home and cares about spending time with you.” Thankfully, my boys have a wonderful example to follow.
But this little girl will learn the most about being a wife and mom from MY day-to-day example. What will she see? Will she see laziness and selfishness, or diligence and service? Will she see respect or resentment toward my husband? Submission or manipulation? Patience in disciplining my children, or a lack of self-control? Will she learn to be frugal and wise in her spending habits, or will she see me rationalizing and spending on my own desires? Will she see me seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, or will she see me seeking after the things of this world?
I am not perfect. There are sin patterns in my life that I know my daughter will see, and I pray that God will protect her from following when I am a poor example. I know that God is probably bringing a little girl into my life to provide even more accountability than my sons already have.Share
I love your blog! I am so excited for you – a little girl! A Princess straight from heaven!! I just want to encourage you; that even though I don’t know you, just from reading this post I can tell that by the things you are questioning, you are already prepared to be all the things that God has created you to be for this little one on the way. You are aware, prepared and I expect you will allow yourself to receive from God as needed. How awesome is that? Pretty awesome!! May God Richly Bless You. Above and Beyond What You Can even Imagine!
P.S. I have four boys and my youngest is a precious little girl. God certainly knows how to bless us!
Thanks for sharing,
hill upon hill says
I am encouraged by a book that I am reading by Sally Clarkson that God has chosen us to be our children’s parents.
Wow. This post really hit home. I think I need to come back and read it every morning to get me moving! Having to spend the winter in the house with our preemie-donna is making it very easy to let everything slide…stay in the p.j.’s all day (which I’m not opposed to!), watch T.V., move Becca from toy to toy while I take it easy…and after all we’ve been through, some of that is probably appropriate – but not as much as I’m doing it! I’ve been given an amazing opportunity to be a mother to this princess, so I need to really live it up! She’s depending on me! Thanks for the reminder and encouragement!