Theme for April: Change
Spring the season of new life. Yesterday I opened a birth announcement. Oh…enclosed was a picture of the new precious bundle. What a perfect way to kick off spring.
When I held our first child in my arms I couldn’t believe how much love poured out of me. It felt as if we had waited an eternity to be parents. All that love and longing now had a place to go. I wondered, “Did my parents feel like this when they held me? How could love be so big? So all encompassing?”
Lots of parents have this experience holding their first child. Then along comes the anticipation of the second child. Crazy thoughts enter the mind like, “Will my love be as big for another child?” What will happen when I divide my love between them?”
God has a great solution to the problem. Love multiplies, it doesn’t divide. Like the Grinch, the heart grows bigger with each new addition. A mystery for sure but true never the less.
Avoid playing favorites or even joking about it. This only serves as a catalyst to create feelings of sibling rivalry and jealousy. There is no limit to love.
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About the Author
Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 Parenting.com. She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.