We love these people God has entrusted to us more than we ever knew possible. Here are five powerful prayers to help you fight for the heart of your daughter: 1. We must fill that gap with the only thing that bridges the space between our limitations and our trust in God: prayer. That answer can sound like such a cliché Christian answer. It inspired me to write some specific scriptural prayers for our girls. so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.'” Isaiah (ESV) There is something I’ve come to realize I need to guard against as a mom. I’ve prayed these prayers, and I’ve seen amazingly powerful things happen in the lives of my daughters. And let her be a woman of joy and laughter whose Christ-centered character is what makes her most beautiful (Proverbs 31).For many people, feelings of competition with their grandchild's other grandparents provoke traumatic flashbacks to junior high school.This is especially true now, given the proliferation of divorce and stepfamilies. When Isabelle Eva was born she was living around the corner from us, but when she was two months old her parents moved her overseas.Their plan to commit murder was first hatched in a Mc Donald's restaurant, it was said, with the 'cold, calculated and callous killings' carried out at the Edwards’ home in Spalding, Lincolnshire, on April 15 this year.
I had tried really hard up to that point to hold it back, honestly. I tried so hard to keep that fire going, to keep that emotion alight, but it got harder and harder. And what was even more interesting was that once I realized this on a conscious level, and started trying to find more opportunities to give, the more we both, almost intuitively, became lovey-dovey. From the excitement of dating a woman I felt like I could marry. Imagine a whole nation of people constantly chasing the emotions they had when they were dating. That’s a recipe for disastrous marriages; for a country with a 50% divorce rate; for adultery (the classic attempt to turn the fire back on); for people who do stay together to simply live functional, loveless marriages. How many people are in pain simply because they’ve been lied to.
(Even then, it’s iffy as to whether the new parents really want to hear your answer.) Tread lightly. It took me a few blunders to secure their trust — which must be renewed every so often, like a driver’s license. If I had listened to my mother, I would have held my son only while feeding him (every four hours) — and not one second longer, lest he turn into a “mama’s boy." These days, with the crush of childrearing information online, most new parents are up to speed — and beyond — but we grandparents most definitely are not. (We've already covered this, but I think it's key.) 5.
Don’t be surprised if old issues get triggered when your child has a child.
There was a new baby, Isabelle Eva, and there was nothing to do except love her. The other hand, belonging to her parents, held all the cards.
I soon learned that I could love my granddaughter fiercely, but I had no say — in anything. Although this is perfectly natural and should not have shocked me, it did.