Family photo 2013

Family photo 2013

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Count them as Gifts

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Psalm 127: 3-5 The Message Version
Don't you see that children are God's best gift? The fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior's fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don't stand a chance against you; you'll sweep them right off your doorstep.

The remarks we receive while we are out and about have led me to personally suspect that our culture *may be* (ever so slightly) losing sight of children being blessings -
of parenting as an honor, a privilege, a reward.

Family life is fruitful.

Blessings come in all shapes and sizes and they take variety of forms, don't they?

Some of our richest, most beneficial blessings are not those that make for an easier, more tranquil, serene existence.

They are the ones that come from the stretching of ourselves, far beyond our comfort zones, where we would have never, ever thought we could go.

From the fundamental awareness that we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we can not do this alone.

From the humble recognition that we do not have control, and the subsequent liberation that follows when we allow ourselves to surrender our will.

From the vulnerability that occurs when you truly love others more than you love yourself, when you have pieces of your very own heart walking outside your body - growing - developing personalities and opinions and behaviors that sometimes clash and collide - challenging us to the very core of our being.

When our lives are messy and difficult and trying, and we have opportunity to experience the exquisite peace that surpasses understanding.

When we give thanks in spite of how we feel, take time to praise, and breathe the refreshing air of a much needed shift in perspective called gratitude.

There are blessings that bring us to our knees and cause us to cry out to God after we have exhausted all of our best efforts because we have nothing more to offer. So next time, we go to Him sooner because we have tried it our own way enough times to know better.

When we realize that "success" is not a worthy goal -

Those are blessings indeed.

Thank you God for my beloved babies. They have helped me draw near to You.

May I always remember to count them as gifts. My blessings.


Holly said... need to write a book, girl.
no joke.

Gretchen said...

Standing up and applauding you! I agree 100%. It is sad days when people care more about going into debt for material items and then roll their eyes when they see children. When did it become forgotten about debt is a curse and children a blessing? Christ told us and yet many forget. But I don't. When people look at me strangely because we adopted our fourth child, I say "It's ok, my children are my favorite things. My earthly rewards from God." Besides if people think my hands are full, they should see my heart!

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