I want her to be strong
I want her to be independant
I want her to be healthy
I want her to be fit
I want her to be happy
I want her to be successful
I want her to know and accept Jesus as her Saviour and Lord
I want her to enjoy life
I want her to love her job
I want her to have adventures
I want her to have a strong moral compass
I want her to know the love of a good man
I want her to know the love for a child and the love from a child
I want her to travel
I want her to have an enquiring mind
I want the whole world for her
I want her to have friends
I want her to be her own best friend and to love herself
But how do I do this? How do I go about raising a daughter that is strong and fearless? Do I have to be more mindful about my actions and how I react to things. Do I have to teach her more deliberately? It is such an amazing enormous task that I’ve received the day she was born. And some days I really do feel although I’m failing. However I don’t want to be teaching her the whole time with little lessons. Do I teach through the way I live life?
But how am I living my life? I hate my job but I’m doing it for a reason – and that reason is 4 years old and is called Zoe. I’m obsessed with running and I’m addicted to reading. I eat too much junk food and some days I’m just too lazy to whip up dinner. I complain about my hair and my fat stomach and my ugly toes. I complain when she asks me too many why questions but isn’t that the start of an enquiring mind?
Am I doing this parenting thing right? Will I ever know?
All I know is that I can see that my child is happy and I suppose that is most important when you are 4 years old.
Dear God hold my hand and help to raise this amazing child in Your way.