Do you dream of the very best for your child? It’s easy to lose sight of dreaming big for them. By “dreaming big” I mean that we pray that they experience lives blessed with happiness, success, God’s richest favor and that they become all God wants them to be. It can be easy to stop. In the hustle and flow of a busy life, little by little, a dream is replaced by reality. The hope for a better tomorrow is replaced by a hope to just get through each day.
As a parent, it is important to take time to reflect and remember that God has big plans for your child. He desires the best for them. Before they were even born, He was dreaming big for them. Psalm 139:13-17 (NIV) offers such proof:
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!”
How good it is to know that before you even knew your child, God knew everything about who they are who they would become!
Remember when you stood in the hospital for the first time holding your newborn? Remember how crazy in love you were with them from moment one? And, can you believe how quickly it seems time has moved from that first moment to now? Reality is – life isn’t slowing down! And, your relationship with your son or daughter is continually moving and evolving. This is why dreaming the dream for them is vital as you work to provide for their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.
When it comes to parenting, we have to keep reminding ourselves that there are both seasons of triumph and challenge. Your child needs you to keep dreaming for him or her throughout each season. Your child needs you to put your hope in God, take Him at His Word, and work alongside them to help them become everything God knows they can be.
It can be easy to lose hope in your child’s future or in your ability as a parent to guide him or her. Remember, God is able to work miracles in your life and the life of your kid. It’s so good to know that He is in it with you! Continue to place your hope in Him.
Maybe you are in your sweet spot right now with your child. If so, enjoy the moment, and stay aware that the moment can turn on a dime.
Or, if you find yourself in a challenging place with your child, don’t give up. This place is of no surprise to God. He wants to prove Himself trustworthy to you and to your child.
Whatever the season, find confidence today in knowing God is along for the ride with you. Keep dreaming for God’s best. God still has much more to do in your child’s life and in yours!