As I have undergone the physical and emotional transformation that has been my weight loss journey post baby, I have come to love and appreciate my body more than ever. One reason I took on this task of getting healthier and improving my self-concept was to help my daughter navigate those choppy waters of self-doubt and body image as she grows. I know that the way I view my body does and will have a significant impact on how she view hers, so I want to start instilling confidence in her from a very young age. I can’t help but look to this week’s verse for encouragement!
Each night before we tuck Grace into bed, we each have special things we say to her. Part of mine is telling her that God made her to do great things. I want her to know from a very young age that God set her apart and called her to be a woman after His own heart, someone that He has a purpose and a plan for, and that is one way I am instilling it in her. I’ve also claimed verses for her since before she was born, and this week’s key verse is one of them.
You may or may not be aware that received a somewhat uncommon diagnosis for our pregnancy after our full anatomy scan at around 20 weeks. The initial ultrasound indicated that we might have a marginal cord insertion, and when we had the follow up a few weeks later, it was confirmed. If you’ve ever experienced having an unconfirmed diagnosis (and being hours out of town before), then you have an idea of what I was going through. But, add on top of that that the diagnosis had more to do with my unborn baby than me, and you get a little mental image of what this mama’s heart was feeling… Continue reading
Many of the lessons I want to teach Grace from an early age actually stem from things that I wish I would have started applying sooner. (Read that right. It’s not that they weren’t taught to me. I just didn’t apply them…) That being said, I’ve recently been reading through Lysa Terkeurst’s book Made to Crave, and to say it’s been eye-opening is an understatement. One of the things that has struck me the most recently is a chapter she title, “This Isn’t Fair!”
How many times do we hear that phrase? And, how many times do we say that phrase? “This isn’t fair…” We compare our situations to others or even just consider our own situation and deem it unfair. The point she makes in the text, though, is if we can get past that “this isn’t fair” mentality, it opens us up to live in even closer relationship with God, and that’s what I want Grace to understand from this week’s verse. Continue reading
We were recently involved in a discussion on the practice of blessing your child – each day and night and on special occasions speaking a special verse over your child. The impact of this practice hit me full force as the discussion turned to one family’s experience as their daughter went off to college…
I wish I could find the article to share it with you, but nonetheless, I’ll try to explain as best as I can remember. Since the girl was born, here father and mother had taken the time to speak her blessing over her each night. As she grew, she would even request the blessing lest her mother and father had forgotten. As the girl’s parents prepared to drop her off for her first year in college, they created a plan of action to unpack everything, say their goodbyes, and quickly make their way to the car to avoid a public emotional breakdown. Continue reading
Another concept that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is my attitude. So often I let my attitude get the best of me, looking or feeling negatively about a certain situation or event. However, that is not the attitude that God would have me take, and that is not the example I want to set for my daughter.