Sandwiched Between Being a Daughter in Law and Becoming a Mother in Law
I have been a wife and daughter-in-law for almost twenty four years. I love my mother-in-law very much, and she has done so much for me. We do still have conflicts sometimes, though. I am still defensive sometimes, and I still have to ask for forgiveness.
Now, I find myself suddenly about to become a Mother-in-law, and then a Grandma very quickly. I admitted to myself and God right away that besides the fact that we had raised our son, trying to teach him that sex is meant for after marriage, the other reason I am sad is a selfish one. I wasn't quite ready for my son to completely leave us and start his own family.
We are a close family, and I spent some time staying home with him, but I still feel like I wasn't finished teaching him. Children grow up so fast. He is a Christian, does read his Bible, and does go to church. Thank you, Lord for that.
When our son first told us that he is going to be a Dad, I surprised him with my reaction of just telling him that I love him, instead of getting angry. My parents taught me that. When something has already happpened, it won't do any good to get angry. We just need to accept it as a blessing from God, and deal with it together with love.
So, I didn't cry for the first week, after I found out about this new chapter in our lives. Then, I cried for the next three weeks. Now, a month has passed, and I am growing through writing about it, reading God's word, talking to God about it, and getting encouragement from family and friends.
Now, I am beginning to be ready to love my son by loving his wife and baby. I also want to love my mother-in-law more and my husband, children, parents and all of our family. Family is so very important in this life, and God has blessed me with a wonderful one. I pray that He will use me to be a blessing to each of them.
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I like what you said: " When something has already happened, it won't do any good to get angry. We just need to accept it as a blessing from God, and deal with it together with love." God bless you! In Christ, Gloria