Before we even get the chance to stare into our child’s big beautiful eyes we are already dreaming of who they will become and how they will impact the world. From the time I see that second line on the pregnancy test I am already praying over my child. And although ultimately your child will grow up to make their own choices and lead their own lives, there is something so powerful in speaking over you child’s life. So here are 10 wishes I have for my babies.
1) A Personal Relationship With God
Before anything else I want my children to know God. And not just a surface level, church on Sunday type of relationship. I want my children to experience God. I want them to witness miracles and feel him move in their lives. I want them to develop their own personal relationship with him and experience for themselves why their mom won’t shut up about him.
2) To Be Kind
Genuine kindness is so underrated these days. Most people seem to be so detached from others in real life. It’s partly because of social media that we lack real empathy. I want my babies to smile at strangers, do nice things without always expecting things in return and just exude overall light. The world needs more of that.
3) To Be Confident
I need my kids to know that they are the sh%t. Period. Hard stop. And not because they’re better than anyone else. I need them to know that they are fantastic because they were intentionally created in the image of God and that their value is relative to nothing. They don’t have to be better, more attractive, more intelligent than anyone. They just have to be themselves and that is more than enough.
4) To Be Humble
In the same breath, I pray that my babies are humble. I pray that they know that although they are amazing, they are not above anyone. Everyone on Earth is valuable and I hope that they grow to know that and treat people as such.
5) Have Discernment
Intuition is a powerful thing and I hope my children are able to stay in tune with theirs when it comes to decision making. My grandmother has always told me “If you go with your first mind you will never go wrong.” I hope they listen to that little voice in their head when they feel like something isn’t right and make informed decisions.
6) Build Meaningful Relationships
It takes a village! We were not meant to do life alone and I don’t know where I would be without my loved ones. Friends and family are there to pick you up in your darkest times and I pray my babies build amazing connections in life the way I have. People that are loyal and have their best interests at heart.
7) Break Generational Curses
Every family comes with their own baggage. In some cases this baggage impacts how generations of a family progress. Things like addiction, poor money management, teen pregnancy; the list goes on. I’m actively doing my part to make sure generational curses in my family don’t reach my babies. It ran in the family until it ran into me and my kids.
8) Build Generational Wealth
I want this so badly for my babies. There is so much freedom that comes with becoming financially independent and I pray they experience this without making the mistakes that I did early on. But even more than financial independence I want them to experience generational wealth and the blessing of leaving a financial legacy to their kids.
9) Represent God Well
I hope people see God in how my kids move through life. I take it as one the highest compliments when people can tell that I’m a Christian from how I speak and carry myself. But aside from pushing religion on to anyone, I want people to look at them and see God’s love in how they carry themselves and interact with people.
10) Find Joy
Happiness is fleeting but true joy is something that sticks with you even in the hardest of times. I’m not referring to the ideal of toxic positivity where you can never get upset and have to smile through everything. (Trust me I’ve had my fair share of completely warranted breakdowns.) The joy I’m referring to is having the knowledge that it’s a good life. There’s always a reason to keep going and everyday is a new chance to experience blessings. Unfortunately I know that life will knock them down at one point or another because life humbles everyone. I just pray that they always find the beauty in the little things and being alive to experience them.
What are some wishes you have for your children or for your life? Let me know in the comments below.