But God knew better. As it turns out, God knows best. And He gave me two girls instead. So rather than five boys bringing me along for the ride, I found myself with the calling of pointing my girls to the ride itself. The only true ride with the only true thrill.
"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." ~Proverbs 19:21
Right now, I hear my girls upstairs with their Littlest Pet Shop friends and a whole band of princesses. Today they will travel to Brazil. Or Japan. It's not yet been decided. And as I listen to their giggles and their flying Little People airplanes, I am reminded of the fine line that separates their imaginations from life itself. I am reminded that imagination fuels life. But, more importantly, it is life that fuels imagination. And, consequently, I am reminded of my job as the mother of girls -- point them to the very Creator of Life. Show them how to live. Real life.
It's not an easy task, this raising girls thing. This raising kids thing, actually. I regularly find myself in an overwhelmed state. Overwhelmed with the drama of a friend's hurtful words at lunchtime. Or a sister's mean look. Overwhelmed by the silliness that makes dinnertime last much longer than it should. Overwhelmed by the growing pains of a tender heart that doesn't understand how a friend's parents could get divorced and send her to another school.
And it's not for the faint of heart. It's what sends me to my knees wondering what the Lord was thinking when He thought that I, of all people could handle this task.
That's when He lovingly picks me back up and reminds me that He, the Sovereign God of all that is, knows best.
"You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees." ~Psalm 119:68
He points me back to His truth. So that I can point them.
That's what being the mother of daughters means to me. Trying to figure out how to do just that. Point them to Life Himself. And enjoying the ride. It's why I'm so excited about this brand new blog I've started following called modsquadblog. It's dedicated to mothers of daughters. (Because mothers. of. daughters. make a m.o.d. squad. Get it?) And today, I'm linking up with them in answer to the question "What does being a modsquad mom mean to you?