We have had a lot of firsts in the last four months or so. Baby coupons arriving by mail, noses pressed into books about raising children and adoption, a full battery of pokes and prods (in one day), loving someone we’ve never seen, heard, know their name, or may not even be born.
The journey to bring home our baby has blossomed, in us, a new kind of love. We are getting the first glimpses of what it is like to love a child, as a mama and daddy love a child. I have seen such a love in Hubs’ eyes, words, and actions for our baby. It is truly the sweetest thing ever! Seeing my husband fall head over heels in love with our baby makes my love for him continue to flourish.
They say a father is a child’s greatest influence. I completely agree that a daddy’s presence and involvement in the life of a child is crucial.
An earthly father has such a huge impact on the family as a whole. It is our prayer, that we can surround our child with the love of earthly parents while we teach him/her about a love that is far greater; our Heavenly Father’s. His love is the ultimate; far superior.
I find complete reassurance in the fact that: not if, but when I fail, as a parent, that God will still love me. That, not only will He completely love me, in my mistakes, but He will forgive me and lead me to love as He loves. Perfectly, error free.
“The Lord your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
I am thankful that God loves our child more than we do. I praise Him that He is in control and that He is guiding each step in this process. I am beyond grateful that He alone can love our baby’s hurt and nurse all wounds when we fall short.
I pray that Hubs and I are able to live a life that reflects the heart of Christ, so that our child will get a small hint of what it is like to be loved by the greatest Daddy. And that as our child grows, will find his/her own relationship with Him.
Just like our daddy, here on Earths presence is needed, our Heavenly Father’s company is welcomed. Like a child looks for his/her earthly father, we search for answers from our Heavenly Father. Just as a baby cries for the arms of their daddy, we cry out for the comfort of His embrace. I notice the difference in my day when I am walking closely with Him verses those when I am distant. Same goes for the relationship of a father and child here on Earth. We crave His presence. We need it.
In this month of Love, I become filled with anticipation of a days that brim with candy, heartfelt cards, romance, scrumptious meals, and decadent desserts, I become more aware of a love that surpasses all other loves. This love, triumphs over the times when our hearts are tempted to fill with ugliness. It is the model for unconditional love. This love forgives, is patient, and is blind to faults. This is the love of our Heavenly Father.
We may not know the hairs on our child’s head, his/her voice, the shape of his/her face, or the softness of our baby’s skin. But God does. I find comfort in His love for us and our child.
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children;
instead, bring them up in the training
and instruction of the Lord.”
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