To Be a Dad

~To become a dad…

Not something that necessarily takes special skill

But to be a good dad

Certainly does take one’s will

~The will to be there…

In the good times and the bad

And to be that shoulder to lean on

When your child’s feeling sad

~The will to lead with not just words

But by the way in which you live

Knowing that words can only go so far

And that it’s your actions backing those up where you truly give

~The will to seek help

In times where you don’t know what to do

Knowing that humility is much stronger than pride

And that in tough times, we can all use help to pull us through

~And, regardless

Of how busy life can be

The will to make time for your children

For this is what they truly need

~Time to listen to them

And to hear about their day

And time to have fun with them

Connecting as you play

~Time to pay attention

To the things that matter to them most

And time to teach them of the things in life

That are important to hold close

~For time is much more priceless

Than anything money could ever buy

Just ask those who never got it

And they could tell you why

~You see

Being your child’s hero is what they’re looking for

Not the perfect super hero

But one who will even out the score

~The one who will stand up for them

When they’ve been mistreated and picked upon

And will be standing there with open arms

When your child’s, once good friends, have decided to permanently move on

~The one who will stand your ground

Regardless of how much your child puts up a fight

Because you’re looking out for and care so much for them

And because you know that this is what’s right

~But in this

Don’t forget to give your child the chance to speak

For being heard and considered…

This is what they seek

~You won’t always do everything right

And know that it’s o.k.

Just be open,…be present

And be a part of your child’s day

~For nothing could ever take the place

Of a father’s love

Just as you are loved by a Heavenly Father

Looking down from up above

~Not every moment will be easy

You’ll sometimes need to take the good with the bad

But when you’re in it for the long haul

You’ll experience the rewarding and fulfilling journey it is

To be a dad

To Be a Mom

~To be a mom takes grit

It’s no job for sissies

It takes a lot of work

And by no means is easy

~Sacrifice is now a word

That is required daily

There are situations in which need dealing

Regardless of how it is you’re feeling

~This child of your’s

Is constantly counting on you

For everyday needs, for guidance

And in tough times to help pull them through

~But you weren’t made to do this job alone

They say it takes a village

Receive the help offered you from those whom you can trust

Let helping you be their privilege

~It’s ok that you’re not perfect

We all make our share of mistakes

The rich and poor, the young and old

We’ve all had our share of tough breaks

~What matters is we get back up

And continue to learn and grow

Admit where we were wrong

So that by this our kids will know

~How to better deal with life

And that it’s ok to be real

And thank the Lord there are great things in life to enjoy

But not everything everyday is always going to be ideal

~And that’s ok, because as long as you have breath

You will always have each other

And nothing will come in the way

Of you being your child’s mother

~It’s ok to take some time for yourself

Recharge, so you have more of you to give

To constantly be worn down and exhausted

Is no way for you to live

~Remind yourself of the things

That truly matter most

Faith, hope, love, and time with those you treasure

These are the things to hold close

~You see, this child of your’s

Is an absolute miracle…a gift

Enjoy who God has made them

So that all these precious moments won’t be missed

~You’re the woman for the job

No one can ever take your place

In all the things you do for your family

So naturally…and with such grace

~Truth be told

There are many things in which to spend your time

But what better to invest in than our children

Both yours….and mine

~No one ever said

Every step of this journey was easy

But what other thing in life

Could pull on your heartstrings so deeply

~Than a job that’s paid with hugs and kisses

Giggles and sweet good nights

And at the end of the day

In your heart you can say you must’ve done something right

~To be filled with such love and contentment

Peace and a quiet calm

For nothing else could quite compare in the joy there is for you

To be a mom

 

Forever In My Heart

About a month ago, I was thinking of an upcoming event that is for those who have went through a miscarriage.  That inspired me to write this poem.  I was there…if my memory serves me correctly, I first miscarried on January 23, 2012.  It was a hard, sad, and confusing time.  But God was so faithful in sending us support and love, from family, friends, and those who have been there.  After many fertility treatments and appointments, God blessed us with a pregnancy.  At the first ultrasound after a positive pregnancy test, and hearing our baby’s heartbeat, we saw there was a twin that had also begun to form, but just didn’t quite make it, and I miscarried that baby very early on.  The other grew to full term, and is now our beautiful, full of life little boy!

If I’m being honest, though, there was always a piece of my heart that was sad until our boy was born.  It didn’t mean I had no joy or peace, but…some sadness.  The loss is very real, and one we need to grieve.  But, the good news is, there is hope in God.  He has peace for us in the hard times, even when it doesn’t make sense.  And, He wants to pour out His love in your life.

I hope this poem will be of encouragement to you.

~Tara

My baby, you knew the beating of my heart

The heart of a mother that grew in the thought of knowing and loving you

I know that physically you’re no longer here

But you will always be a part of me, in my mind and my heart

Both now and for all eternity

My heart has ached in missing you

I loved knowing you were there

Always with me, growing and developing

With this nothing can compare

But now, life has taken me down a different road

I can’t walk this one alone, for to me this territory is unknown

So, to others I reach out

For I could use a helping hand

A listening ear, a kind word, an act of love

Something to help give me strength to stand

And as time moves along, and God brings healing to my heart

I look for the chance to do this in others

For I’ve been there, I’ve lived that part

I think about what you’d be like and how old you’d be

About how life would be different

If you were here with me

But since you’re not, I’d like to think that you’re in heaven now

Laughing and playing in God’s presence

Filled with as much joy as one heart will allow

I don’t know when it will happen, but I look forward to seeing your sweet face

And squeezing you so tightly in one big long embrace

Until then, I know you’re safe and can trust you’re in the best place you could be

There with your Creator

Living happy and carefree

And now my heart’s desire is that beauty will come from this pain

For before we see that beautiful rainbow

We must first endure the rain

My baby, my sweet love

Forever in my heart

No one can ever take you from me

From there you never will depart

 

Verses for hope, peace, and encouragement:

Psalm 46:1-3–God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.  We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake, Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains.  Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.  (The Message)

Psalm 55:22–Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders-he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out…(The Message)

Jeremiah 30:17–‘ But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord,…(NIV)

Romans 15:13–May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  (NIV)

2 Corinthians 1:3-5–All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah!  Father of all mercy!  God of all healing counsel!  He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.  We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort-we get a full measure of that, too.

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