Those who plant in tears will harvest SHOUTS OF JOY. They weep as they plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the HARVEST.

Psalm 126:5-6

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Children are a Blessing

I really don't like to blog about touchy subjects but I have felt the need to blog about this particular subject. This is more for me so I can look back at this when all of my children are gone and raised and remember those days of us committing our family to the Lord.

We have had many people ask us when we will be done having children. Our answer is we just don't know because we have left it up to God. My husband and I decided after our 6th baby that we would trust the Lord in every area of our lives. We mean every area. That includes the size of our family. I know a lot of people don't understand that concept but then I also know a lot of people who have been there to help us along this path. We are currently pregnant with number 7 but are totally open to more if that is what God has in store for us.

This pregnancy has been very difficult financially and physically. There were times where I questioned if what we are doing is right. There were days when my oldest had to prepare all the meals for the family and help get them dressed and taken care of for the day. As the pregnancy has advanced I have watched become more willing to help and not even need to be asked. She has learned to love her sisters even when they are annoying her. We have all become very close and I am thankful for that. At my last midwife appt. I asked the girls if they wanted to go to the museum with their Grandpa and none of them wanted to go because they wanted to be here to hear the baby's heartbeat. It has been such a blessing to have the whole family involved. This birth we have decided to have the older one's be involved and I believe this will be something they will cherish for the rest of their lives.

I guess I just wanted to let people know that when they see a child whether it is one or ten remember they are all gifts from God and they are all a blessing no matter how few or how many. So when you do see that lady in the store with half a dozen children smile and tell her," What a bunch of blessings you have."

And to all of you who are struggling with a decision like this remember God will take care of all the details and all of your children will be just fine if you remember to put God first.


Lori... said...

You have a houseful of blessings and don't you forget it! If God did not want you to have any more - you would not be having them. YOU are blessed to be a blessing! I can't wait to see you all!

Nana C said...

God has blessed your family with your many blessings, all six of them and now we hold #7 in our hearts, knowing the whole family lives daily in God's will, you are pleasing to Him. Psa. 34 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! this Psalm 34 is becoming very precious to. Love Nana C

Tanya said...

I am thankful for the people who are concerned. I am learning that my utmost authority is God, no matter what anyone tells me. I get more peace doing His will, then others. You just do what He told you to do and what anyone else thinks or says is their opinion. You are raising God's Army. Love Tanya

Heather said...

What a lovely, living testimony your lives are. I love how you and Marc have put your complete faith and trust in God. Obviously God loves it, too. He has blessed you tremendously.

Love ya, sister!

Boo Boo Kitty Jones said...

may God bless you in all that you do. I hope he blesses us as abundantly :)

Toni said...

Amen, Susan. We've had similar questions regarding our decision to adopt "those" children. You knooow. "Those" children who were born to drug addicted parents, "those" children who, um, MIGHT be flawed, "those" children who surely aren't as healthy and as fit for adoption as other routes we could have taken. I wish I could say I'm not serious, but we have had people outright question us as to why we would be willing to adopt "those" children. I'm always amazed that 1) some don't understand that the face of adoption is ALWAYS a woman in crisis regardless of whether it's drug addiction, abuse, neglect, poverty, mental health, etc. and 2) that anyone could question whether ANY child is deserving or not of willing, loving parents. Yes, we adopted four of "those" children and I praise God every single day. We would adopt four more too, if that be His will. CONGRATS on expecting number 7. You are richly blessed, 7 times over.

Susan said...

Toni, thank you so mauch for what you said. I don't know you personally but I speak of you often to people I run into contact with who are struggling with infertility. I love telling them about the story if number four and how that was truly God ordained. God bless you and maybe those four are out there waiting for you in GOd's time.

Becky said...

pBeautiful post! : )