There are aspects of my wonderful three-year-old I will miss terribly as she grows up.
Checking her tickle spots, making sure they still work and the sweet sound of giggles pouring out of her wiggly little body.
The way she cuddles up next to me in the mornings.
The feel of her hand wrapped around my finger.
When she breaks out into song when she thinks I’m not looking.
Our chats together to and from school every day.
How she knows God makes her strong and He lives in her heart.
Watching her do her “work” at the kitchen table with craft supplies everywhere.
#TaekwondoBaby! She is adorable in her uniform and when she yells hi-yah!
The beautiful way she says I love you.
I will miss these precious moments…but let me tell you what I will NOT miss…
Why is it a surprise to her that she needs to brush her teeth every morning and night?
The “We don’t hit people, that hurts, show me how you use gentle hands,” followed by being hit. Again. By my three-year-old.
Sitting with her for two hours waiting for her to fall asleep as I stare at the wall. (Good time to pray, though!)
Being kicked while putting on her shoes, because she thinks it’s funny.
Having her cry because I gave her what she asked.
How she slows down or decides now is the time to play hide and seek when we are trying to walk out the door.
Deciding she no longer likes to eat x, y, z and we have nothing she wants to eat.
I’ve had people tell me how much I will miss all of these moments when she grows up and I will long for the days, even the bad ones. I know I’m young and I have quite a bit to learn about this journey of parenthood…but I say…NOPE. Not going to miss the crummy stuff. Instead, I choose to cherish the sweet moments and treasure them in my heart.
These sweet toddler days will pass. New challenges will arise, uncomparable and probably more complicated than whether or not I get her hair brushed before school. Before I know it, she’ll discover boys don’t have cooties and she won’t turn into a pumpkin if she doesn’t go to bed before 9:00pm. Her dependence on daddy and I will transition to a strong desire for independence. To do things her way.
I say #BringItOn. I know things will be different and I may long for “simpler” times, but missing the yucky stuff? Not so much.
In the meantime, I will keep praying over my baby girl as she blossoms into the young woman God has created her to become.
10 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Children
- Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,
- 1 Corinthians 8:9 – But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
- Ephesians 6:11 – Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
- Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
- Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
- Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
- Psalm 25:21 – May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.
- Micah 6:8 – He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
- Psalm 46:1-2 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea
My sweet child belongs to You and You love her more than I can imagine or emulate Ephesians 3:20. I pray I would not be a stumbling block to her faith, but help her grow to love You more with each passing day. 1 Corinthians 8:9
Cover her with Your armor. Guard her heart, mind, body, and spirit. Ephesians 6:11
As she grows, lead her in the direction You would have her go. May she discover quickly what You have created her to accomplish for the sake of Your kingdom. Ephesians 2:10
May each person she meets, young and old, draw closer to knowing You because of her example. Let Your light shine through. Matthew 5:16
Teach her to trust in You above else, even when her future is uncertain and she does not know where to turn. Proverbs 3:5-6
When the world tempts her heart, renew her mind so that she may live in, not of this world. Romans 12:2
At at time when everything is acceptable, help her to stand with integrity and on the firm foundation of Your Word. Psalm 25:21
May her heart seek justice and mercy according to Your will and Your ways. Micah 6:8
Lord, there will be times when her world feels like it is crashing in around her. Be her peace, her rock, and comfort. Psalm 46:1-2
All this and more, trusting in Your plan for her life. Amen.