Parenthood: Will I Ever Have Any Money?

BY: - 18 Dec '13 | Parenting

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Being pregnant with each of my kids was the most exciting time in my life! I was also happy to nurse them for the first few months to a year for health reasons and to also avoid buying baby formula. As they got a little older, I remember my husband and I saying,

“Can’t wait until they’re out of diapers/Pull-ups.”

Then, it was,

“Whew! Can’t wait until we’re done paying for day care.”

But, something happens…All that money we wish for? It never really seems to appear.

To me, parenthood in all of it’s beauty, is like having your wallet on permanent SUCTION! Don’t get me wrong, I understand and appreciate that it is truly a blessing to have three healthy children, but man…it never ends. They are precious, but still expensive! For instance, just the other day at breakfast, this happened:

Me:(to my 13 year old): “Why are you wearing those jeans? They are too short.”
Son: “I know Ma. But you just bought these.”
Me:(gasp….sigh) “Wow.”

I want to blame it on all of the FOOD he eats. Dude needs a job! This “growing boy” of ours never stops eating. And shoes? Let’s not talk about shoes. I’m wondering if it’s too late to bind his feet like they did in the ancient Chinese culture? (Googling, right now.) I know I’m not the only one, I get it. Kids eat. They grow. They get bigger. I get it, but it’s mind-blowing how fast these kinds of things happened. But I digress…

Like most parents, my husband and I want our children to be well-rounded and acculturated little citizens, so we involve them in music, sports, traveling and miscellaneous entertainment activities. This isn’t so bad, because we get to see the return on our investments rather quickly. It’s when I hear people talking about their college-aged kids who are STILL in the wallet suctioning game, I start feeling hopeless. When do these children of ours ever get out of our pockets? Or what about weddings? Oh Lord! THREE weddings?! As the mother of one son and two daughters, I just have one question. Will I ever be able to afford my dream car and not be too old to drive it?

All jokes aside, with our 3rd child, we are not wishing for time to pass so quickly. We know now that we will never actually grasp that “magic amount” of money, that we try so hard to while we’re investing in our babies. We are trying to live in the moment and enjoy all of the precious milestones that parenting has to offer, but we still wish these kids weren’t so darn expensive!

BMWK – Can you relate to this?

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10 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Children

BY: - 23 Dec '13 | Faith

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Christmas is one of my most favorite times of the year. The excitement that fills our home as we partake in family traditions, the joy that fills our hearts as we participate in acts of giving and the desire to praise my Father even more for His grace, His mercies and His gift to the world.

This week I shared a photo on Instagram of myself and my family. I wrote how thankful I was that God loved us so much He sent His Son. I also shared that I was thankful that He loved me so much He gave me my family.

When you really think about it, as parents one of the most precious gifts we can ever receive is the gift of a child. To have the honor of being a parent bestowed upon us is humbling, at times terrifying and also joy inducing.

There are times when I want to pull my hair out, times when I lie awake at night and worry that I’m doing it all wrong. But more than that, there are times when I find myself thanking God for allowing me to mother two of His most precious creations. I find myself rejoicing in the gift of parenthood.

I find myself praying and asking Him to direct our path as parents, to give us the words, the patience and the wisdom. To help me as a mother, who is obsessed with her babies, remember that they are my children — yes they are mine — but they belong to Him. Their lives are meant to bring glory to Him. They will be kingdom builders. They are kingdom builders.

When I really think of God’s sacrifice and the fact that He sent His only Son that we might have life I find myself having a wow moment.

I am imperfect, I make mistakes and I am certain at times I disappoint Him. But through it all He loves me. He forgives me and never forsakes me. He wants to give me the desires of my heart. He wants the best for me and sometimes that means He has to tell me “no.” That also means sometimes helping me to realize that I do need Him, during those times when I forget and try to do it all on my own.

I think of the way God loves us and I desire to always love my children in that way; a love that always forgives, a love that says “yes” but also says “no.” A love that is so steadfast and so true that my babies know that no matter what happens I will be there with open arms. The way my God never turns us away even when we mess up or go astray.

This season I find myself thanking God with even more fervor for the gift of His Son — His only Son. And at the same time I thank Him for trusting me to care for the two children that He blessed me and my husband with. I want Him to know that I don’t take my role as their mother lightly. That’s my job, and it isn’t just to enjoy them but to prepare and equip them to thrive in life. Our babies only have one childhood. This is our chance.

So I’m stepping it up and part of that includes changing the way I pray. I am also learning to be still so that I can hear from my Father as I seek His guidance in all things including parenting.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above…” ~ James 1:17 (NIV)

And how He loves us. Look at all He has given us. I have a chance to show our gratitude not just in the saying of thanks but by giving this parenting thing everything I’ve got. Knowing that it may be the hardest thing I’ve ever done but it (along with being a wife to my husband of course) will also be the greatest and most honorable.

Here are 10 Bible verses to pray over your children….

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Krishann Briscoe is a child welfare professional turned freelancer with a background in child and adolescent development and social work. In addition to authoring her personal blog His Mrs. Her Mr., Krishann is a contributor for Disney's Babble, The Conversation and The Conscious Perspective. Krishann resides in Southern California with her husband and their two daughters.

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