What are we trying to accomplish?

When I found out I was pregnant I was full of joy and slightly terrified at the prospect of what the next 9 months meant. One day while I was praying, I felt like God put Psalm 71 on my heart to pray over the baby in my belly. As I read the Psalm I was comforted by the words and began praying through it every day.

O Lord, you alone are my hope.
    I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood.
Yes, you have been with me from birth;
    from my mother’s womb you have cared for me.
    No wonder I am always praising you!

This reminded me that God was in control of my pregnancy. He was watching over both momma and baby.

My life is an example to many,
    because you have been my strength and protection.
That is why I can never stop praising you;
    I declare your glory all day long.

I would pray that this baby’s life would be an example of God’s strength and protection. That her life would point to who Jesus is and how we can trust him. 

On days when I was fearful or unsure about the future, this Psalm was a solid reminder of God’s faithfulness in our lives and his presence. 9 months and 2 days later, Baby Girl arrived and my husband and I were responsible for raising this beautiful little baby.

Four months in, I am now asking myself what I should be teaching her. What am I trying to accomplish? Do I want my kid to be the smartest? The strongest? The funniest?

I was again reminded of the Psalm.

Let me proclaim your power to this new generation,
    your mighty miracles to all who come after me.

I don’t know very much about parenting or raising kids, but I do know that I have a great opportunity to show our little girl who God is. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation. We went to a wedding out on a Bison farm this weekend and drove through rural Ohio to get there. Our 4 month old probably can’t appreciate this now, but I look forward to telling her about our Creator- the God who makes such beautiful landscapes, sunsets, and flowers. I look forward to praying with her for our friends and family. I look forward talking with her about God’s provision and goodness.

So I don’t know about you, but if you are ever feeling like you don’t know what to do as a parent, maybe we can all learn from this Psalmist and remember the basics- Proclaim God’s power to our kids. Let them know that God’s in control. He’s bigger than anything they face and he loves them more than they can imagine. That seems like a great place to start.




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