Just as you couldn't have controlled the processes of pregnancy, but you could manage your diet and maintain optimal physical condition to nurture the baby in your womb, you also cannot control exactly how your child will grow up, but you can provide the most loving and trusting environment for your child to grow up in. I think some parents blame themselves when their child doesn’t turn out to be how they wished. Yet our perspectives of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ may not accurately define who our child is meant to become.
We fiercely protect our young and we would do anything to give them the world. But sometimes we need to stop trying so hard because they actually have their own ways of creating a world for themselves. As mothers, we have been there cradling our baby in our arms, singing lullabies, and quenching any fear or anxiety. We have been there for our little one with outstretched arms, ready to cushion a fall when they are taking life's first steps. Then we are ever ready to shower our child with words of praise and encouragement, and arms always open for a loving embrace. But we need to learn to accept that there will always be things beyond our control.
As we put our hearts completely into caring and nurturing for our child, we should also surrender our minds to accepting our limits of control. So, we just do our best to love, care and always be there for our child, and may God make the rest of their paths straight.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11
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