I want to shout it from the rooftops, call everyone I know...I am expecting!!
God has honored me by blessing me with another child. I feel so full, so utterly happy!
"What?!" Some may say. You already have 5 children, isn't that enough? Why add to your burden? Why make your life more difficult or tiring?
Children are a gift, a blessing!! I've been given something special, something to not take lightly. Praises should be on my lips each morning, prayers of thankfulness each evening. What an Awesome God I serve!
Society has demeaned the having of children, abortion is at its worst, the rampant use of birth control in the churches, every child is looked at as something of an inconvenience or a life drainer, a burden at worst.
Mothering is considered a chore, a substitute for a "real job."
Even among Christian mothers there is a common notion that what we do is laborious, arduous work. Its the norm that nights out with the girls, or a day out on your own is a necessity or a even requirement. I deserve it, or I need it!
Really?...doesn't God supply all our needs, aren't we asked "to do nothing out of selfish ambition."
I'm not saying that we should never go out, or that we should never have time alone. There just needs to be a thought process adjustment.
The time out is not the reward, the children are the reward! Each day that we serve and care for our family is a priveldge!
We can pat ourselves on the back for choosing the sacrificial job of staying home with our children to raise them ourselves and some of us even homeschooling them. But if we are not truly embracing where we are, if we are always looking for distractions or relief, then we are doing ourselves and our children a great disservice.
We as a family just watched "An Arctic Tale" recently. We loved it.
Something I found interesting was that in the walrus herds babies are rarer then some creatures and so are very important to the whole group. The entire herd treats this baby as a treasure, she or he is valued highly.
We should all look at each child or each potential child as a God-given treasure to value.
Please watch this short video, it brought me to tears with gratefulness for the 5 soon to be 6 treasures I have been entrusted with.
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