You birthed her. Perhaps you adopted her. You prayed for her. You greatly anticipated her birth. She is beautiful, intelligent and wonderful. The secret truth is that you don’t feel love towards your daughter. You have felt like a horrible mother. You have wondered what is wrong with you. You know that this child is a wonderful gift from God – yet your affections don’t match what your head knows. You try. You pray. You fake it. Heaven forbid if anyone ever found out. “What is wrong with me?” you have asked.
You watch movies where the mother daughter connection is intense – even magical. You see other mothers interacting with their daughter, laughing, sharing, hugging, kissing. You want that. You want to feel that deep soul connection. You often have to force yourself to hug and kiss her. Sometimes you don’t want her laying her head on your shoulders. Sometimes you don’t feel like spending the afternoon with her. Sometimes you feel as if she were someone else’s child. You ache in your heart for the deep love. Will it ever happen? Will your affections ever change?
Beloved, there are many mothers who don’t feel love towards their daughters.
It is God’s will for you to receive healing, love and the restoration towards your daughter. There can be many reasons why you feel this way. Oftentimes it begins when you were a little girl. Your mother didn’t truly nurture you. Perhaps she worked alot, was busy with the other children, had a stressful relationship with her husband or was even abused by him. Perhaps she was a struggling single mother. She wasn’t a bad mother, just not the snuggly, loving, fun, caring, adoring mother that every little girl wants. Sometimes you felt lonely. Sometimes you didn’t feel very attractive. Sometimes you just felt rejected. You often didn’t know what was missing in your life, but you certainly felt it. It was mommy love.
When a little girl doesn’t receive the warm, nurturing love that she longs for she grows up with a vacuum. There is a deep emptiness that she learns to live with. Sometimes she fills it with drinking, drugs, sex, one relationship after another or any other type of addiction. Finally you settle down and start a family. You long to be what your mother wasn’t – loving, tender and caring. Then the baby girl is born – yet you feel nothing. You long to show your daughter what true love means – but it doesn’t happen. “What is wrong?” you wonder. What is wrong is that you cannot give out what hasn’t been put inside of you – mommy love. It just isn’t there. Your mommy tank is empty.
As your daughter grows you try to make a connection with her. You try to do all the right things. You try to say all the right things. Yet it still feels empty inside. You still don’t connect to this little girl. She begins to feel rejected, alone and dejected – much like you as a child.
When a little girl is never shown the nurturing love she longs for she has nothing to emulate. Her head can understand what to do but her heart is dry. Is this how you have felt? You have tried with all your might to love your daughter yet nothing really ever changes. You still feel empty emotionally. You feel a disconnect with her. You feel very bad about it but there seems nothing that you can do.
First, admit your feelings to the Lord. Say it out loud right now. “Lord, I don’t feel the mommy love that I should towards _______. I cannot change this feeling. I ask that you would begin to fill my heart with a new love for my little girl. Supernaturally change my heart that I might love, nurture and adore my daughter. I cannot love her and I ask that you would love her through me.” This prayer should be prayed daily. Memorize it. The first step towards healing is always confession.
Next, read all my posts on The Balm of Gilead https://jackieosinski.wordpress.com/category/balm-of-gilead/page/3/ You were hurt as a child. You need inner-healing. Until you receive healing you will not be able to love completely. Ask God to begin to show you just where the pain came in. As you begin to heal the love will slowly begin to flow. It won’t happen overnight but if you don’t give up it will happen.
Finally, “Force the love.” This simply means to show the affection that you know you should show but haven’t. When your daughter heads out the door give her a long, strong hug. Count to 10 slowly, don’t let go until you reach number 10. At first she may feel uncomfortable, you may also. That is ok, in time this will all be normal. Never let her go to bed without a goodnight kiss and prayer. Let your last words to her always be “I love You.”
No matter how old your daughter is, 10 or 31 or 51, hold her hand when you go for walks. She will feel special, loved and important. Throughout the day, whether she is home or not you will say “I love my daughter. She is valuable, loved and precious.” What this does is reaffirm to you, the devil and to God that you will choose to love your daughter – no matter what. THE FEELINGS WILL FOLLOW THE ACTIONS.
Satan wants to distance you from your daughter. He is the divider of all relationships. He stirs up anger, strife and animosity between mothers and daughters. We must fight to regain the loving relationship between us and our daughters. We must choose to love unconditionally. Purpose in your mind that no matter what your daughter does you will love her. You may not like her decisions or her actions, but you can choose to affirm her and let her know that you still love her and care about her. Unconditional love is a choice, NOT AN EMOTION.
Finally, you must fall in love with yourself. You will only love others in the proportion that you love yourself. If I were to ask you how much you love yourself what would you say? Each day pray “Lord, help me to fall in love with myself.” As you continually pray this you will begin to love and appreciate the amazing person that you truly are. The result will be that you will have much more love to pour out to others, particularly your daughter.
Let’s pray. “Dear Lord, you know how I feel. As of this moment fill me with a new love for my daughter. Help me to see my little girl the way that you see her. Give me a new understanding of how precious my daughter is. Let me see what a gift she is to me and to her family. Don’t let another day go by that I don’t tell her daughter how much I love her. Give me a new heart – a mommy heart.” In Jesus name we pray. amen
Give this time. It won’t happen overnight – but if you follow these steps a beautiful change will fill your heart and mind. Please share with us how this post has helped you. Blessings beloved sister.