THERE’S A NEW BABY IN THE WORLD!
There’s a new baby in the world!!!!!!
What a totally magnificent, miraculous and wonderful thing to happen!
I can’t help but feel that “each time a baby is born,
it’s as if God is saying the world should go on.”
For those of us who have the child, it is truly a miracle of Life!
I know the science involved in it,
but to think that a new Life is created from two people,
well, that’s truly AMAZING to me!
Each time I look upon a new child,
I see God’s handiwork,
for only with Him could such a treasure come into being.
And to think that God has already Loved that child
since the beginning of time!
He not only a wondrous plan for the little one’s Life,
but also so cherished is that precious soul
that He, God, has ensured the chance for God and child
to be together for Eternity!
I can’t even begin to imagine the enormity of that Love.
But I get a glimpse of it whenever I see a newborn.
Halleluja, Lord! Thank you for this child!
A PARENTS’ DELIGHT
So maybe not all of us are enamored with small babies. After all, they’re not always adorable, they’re A LOT OF WORK, and they cry and make messes and need constant care! Sure, the parents can know this too. But they also see someone entrusted to their care, to Love and hold and share Life with. God has made this one of a kind, tiny, helpless creature, and given it into safekeeping.
So, yeah, there are going to be those times when you’re ready to pull your hair out because the baby is crying and you don’t know what to do. You’re going to question yourself, and wonder if you can take care of this child, and give it the Love it needs. But just the fact that you care so much is what shows, that with God’s help, you can be an AMAZING parent! Not perfect because there are NO perfect parents. Just like there are no perfect kids. But you learn and Love, you adapt and grow, you sacrifice and you are Blessed. All by this little bundle that is new to this world.
And even amidst sleepless nights, and car-rides with a crying baby, you still find yourself wrapped around their itty-bitty fingers. You want to hold them, to be near them. You rock them and sing to them, wake up to their cries, and go in to check their breathing when they sleep. Because they are yours.
There are the times when you’re holding them and they intently watch your face. They quiet when they are in your arms or hear the sound of your voice. Those are the times that make it all worth while because to them, you are the most important being in the world. Some of my most special times with my babies were holding them, singing them lullabies, and watching their eyes filled with Love as they fell asleep feeling safe and content. In those moments, I thanked God for the miracle of my children
The Bible tells us that children are a gift from God, a Blessing to their parents.
We don’t always feel that way about our kids, at any stage of their life from newborn to adulthood. There are times when they’re difficult, or we just can’t seem to do anything right. We have to LEARN how to take care of them, and then learn the NEXT stage they enter. And the next . . . and the next . . . There is heartbreak along the way and worry, sleepless nights and frustration.
But you know what else there is? There is MORE LOVE than you could ever imagine before you had kids!
You are THEIRS, and they are YOURS! What an humbling thought to be so Loved, no matter what! And talk about Joy! You have a lifetime of memories to make and experiences to share. Remember all those stages I said they go through? Well, along each step, there is also Joy. (Yes, even through colicky nights or rebellious teen-ages!) You just have to be willing to see.
I write this post now because some dear people in my Life have just had babies, and I am filled with such a sense of the Divine KNOWING that God has given them this child, and that He has a not perfect, but still wonderful plan for their Life. I remember how difficult it can be as a new parent, or as a not-new parent. The times of worry, trying to do what’s best for my children, feeling totally lost, and not sure if I’m good enough. Well, guess what? We’re all going to make mistakes along the way as parents. Our first responsibilities are to keep our children SAFE and to LOVE THEM! And we do that to the best of our abilities. When I worry, when I get discouraged, I turn it over to God. I do the best I can, and I remember that HE GAVE ME THESE CHILDREN knowing the Mommy I would be, knowing how much I would Love them and do my best for them.
MY ENCOURAGEMENT TO YOU
First and foremost, praise God for the precious gift He has given you! And turn to Him- for strength, for guidance, for wisdom, for patience and help and LOVE! And pray for His care and Blessings upon your children!
Try to enjoy whatever stage your children are in, from baby to college students and beyond. Because, truly, these moments are fleeting. Savor the times you have.
Don’t try to do it alone. It’s really okay to admit you can’t handle it by yourself. No one can! Find other parents to relate to, stay close to your Friends for moral support, and find groups of similar families through church groups, play dates, Family Friends, or just in the neighborhood. For your children, for your Family, and FOR YOUR SANITY!!!!!
AND VERY IMPORTANT! IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM THE BABY BLUES OR POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION, PLEASE, PLEASE GET HELP! It does not make you a bad parent! I was depressed after the birth of one of my kids. It’s pretty understandable since your hormones and lifestyle are all out of whack, not to mention the fact that you’re sleep-deprived! Get help from Loved Ones! For you and the baby!
Mostly, though, do the best you can, cut yourself some slack, and DON’T TRY TO BE PERFECT! Parents Love their children more than anyone else on this earth. That makes you pretty special, and He did entrust them to YOU!
So entrust your children to God. Trust Him to guide you and care for your children because He Loves them even more than you do! (I know that’s hard to believe but . . . ) And commit your works as a parent to Him.
With this post, I choose to Celebrate the miracles God sends to earth every day as newborn babies. And I Celebrate their parents, and those who Love and care for them. I encourage you to find others to help you on this journey of Parenthood because it is not for the faint of Heart. But it is so worthwhile! Trust God with your children, because only He can fully care and protect them, as well as help and guide you. And don’t let Life and busyness, worry or fear, or anything else keep you from slowing down and really experiencing the Joy that God gives in children!
Be Blessed with your children, because you are a Blessing to them!
Celebrate the gifts God give, and praise His Holy Name!
In Joy, -Billie
Newborn Baby photo found on Pinterest
Before I Formed You artwork from amenprintables on etsy
Dad with Newborn, New Mom with Baby Girl and Happy Baby images found on Pinterest
Crying Baby from totallythebomb.com
Children Are a Gift From God found on etsy
Colorful Mother and Child artwork from novica.com painted by Bright Dankyi Mensah
Celebrate Life image found on keeperofstories.blogspot.com photographed by Kathy Sharp Frisbee
Jesus with Baby painted by Del Parson
A Parent’s Prayer from GodlyWoman.Co