Thursday, September 29, 2011

Baby Boys & Girls - Dinner #21

     I have a list on my dining room table with the names of the 15 other ladies my husband and I know, who are due in June and July of this year.  We’ve been keeping track as each lady has discovered whether they’re having a boy or a girl, and it has been fun seeing which group outnumbers the other.  SMILE!  About half of my lady friends are going to be first-time mommies like myself, and the other half are pros by now.  Summer is just around the corner and it’s going to be an exciting time! SMILE! 
     Even before I was expecting Brooklyn, I was fond of the verse in Psalm 144 which says, “That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace.”  During this time in my life, the verse has come alive once again.  Some of my friends will soon be decorating their nurseries with trucks and airplanes, while others of us are searching for flowers and butterflies.  There are distinct Bible differences between boys and girls, as well.  “That our sons may be as plants . . . that our daughters may be as corner stones . . .”
     If mothers of baby boys are to raise their sons to be like plants, what exactly does that mean??  Plants provide food and shelter when mature.  These are young men who have been trained to care for their own families, one day.  Strong roots are also a sign of a healthy plant.  Psalm 1:3 declares that the blessed man, “ . . . shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”  He is ready to be successful in whatever God has him pursue in life.  When the storms of life arise, he is stable, with his roots deep in the soil of God’s Word.  Plants need sunlight in order to thrive, and what better way for our little boys to gather light and nutrients than from spending time in God’s holy Presence each day?  Mothers of boys are to be cultivators of healthy plants for the Lord!
     Then there are little girls . . . My Bible’s center column says that these “corner stones” are really “pillars, sculptured in palace style.”  How should we prepare our daughters to be “corner stones” or “pillars”?  We must raise them to be strong young women, ready to stand firm when they are shaken in life.  These “polished” pillars are beautiful!  How delightful if our girls are beautiful in their outward appearance, but how much more precious if they are taught to have beauty in their HEARTS!  “ . . . polished after the similitude of a palace.”  These are young women who seem as though they really belong in a castle – the palace of the King of Kings.  They are God’s little princesses, and everyone around them can tell – by the way they dress, the way they act, and the way they talk.  But pillars are not only decorative – they are also vital in holding up large structures.  Proverbs 14:1 declares, “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”  These are young women who help to encourage and hold up their families, keeping them standing in a world where war wages all around.  What an important task to train our little girls to be pillars in a spiritual battleground! 
     “That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace.”  Are you already a Mom?  Are you excitedly looking forward to becoming one, like I am?  May God bless us as we raise “plants” and “pillars” for Him! 

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