Getting Real about What We Can and Can Not Give Our Children

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A Prayer for Every Child

My child-
If I could give you my love to use in this world-I would, I would

My child-
If I could give you my compassion to use in this world-I would, I would

My child-
If I could give you my peace to use in this world-I would, I would

My child-
If I could give you my grace to use in this world-I would, I would

My child-
If I could give you my mercy to use in this world-I would, I would

My child-
I would give you all of these and more to use in the world-If I could, if I could

But life requires more of us, my sweet child, than the use of the gifts of another.

Do not fret, my child, for this is my prayer-

I pray with deepest hearts that you may be so touched and overfilled by my love, compassion, peace, grace and mercy

That you, my beautiful child, will have more than enough to give.

The beauty of our growth, my dear child, is that you will get to choose what is done with these gifts.

Choose well, my child, choose well.

I do not have my own children, but I help raise my stepchildren. This is my prayer for them. I try to lead by example and give them all of my greatest gifts, but ultimately, as with all things in life, the child will decide what he or she will become. My only prayer is I do the best I can to help them use the gifts they have been given.

Another way to look at this prayer- if you believe in God- is to imagine God thinking about each of us in this way. God has given each of us- love, peace, grace, compassion, and mercy. God can not control the use of these gifts- that is the choice for each of us.

6 thoughts on “Getting Real about What We Can and Can Not Give Our Children

  1. This touched me in a really amazing way this morning – wiping the tears as we speak. A framed copy of this would make a great Christmas gift for your sister (hint hint)

  2. Ultimate post…!!

    You are really a great mother… so many of your blogs reflect it so well… the motherly affection pouring so beautifully. True love is not bounded by blood relations only, and you seems to prove it so well.
    Your kids are blessed..
    And I feel like “saluting” you whenever are read your affectionate posts for your kids.
    Wish you & your family get all the happiness in life..!!

  3. Being a parent is live care and being responsible not whether you gave birth. If you are in those children’s lives you’re a parent and from the sound of it a caring one. My girls “daddy” raised from age four and six because their father had better things to do, I / we have never tried to influence their opinion of him that is not for us to say but our oldest just sent my husband a huge Father’s Day card from Tx ( she is in the AF) there’s a lot of love between those two!

    • Thank you so much!! I love to hear these types of stories. They lighten my heart!! I like the last part of your response “there’s a lot of love between those two!” How precious.

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