Seeing Children As Gifts and Rewards

Without having a sonogram, I am pretty certain that I am now carrying twins. Truthfully though, whether I am carrying twins or not, I couldn’t be more excited. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved and valued children. I see each as a real treasure, as psalm 127:3 says, they are a gift from the Lord, a reward. I am honored that my Abba has entrusted me with so many, some that I have given birth to, others I have not.

I have always been a mama.  I used to feed kids in my neighborhood as a child and now, as an adult, I still do.  As I grew in my teen years, I often kept cousins, nieces and nephews. I remember having such a wonderful time with them all. Even now, I have several boys and girls from the neighborhood, who come over often to sit, ride hoverboards back and forth in the family room, eat, drink tea, paint, make lip balm and more.  I love every moment of it.  I enjoy playing with them, hearing their stories and just spending time with them.

As I sit here typing this, I can’t help but smile as I listen to my four children outside.  At least one is shoveling snow.  I keep hearing screams of delight and then, they all come in the door and my oldest tells them to line up at the door, take their shoes off and gives other instructions.  As I hear them, I just sit here smiling like a fool wondering how I became so fortunate to have them for a time.  God must have great trust in me to have entrusted these jewels into my care.

I can’t help but feel a bit sad when I come across someone who, upon seeing that I am pregnant, gives me a look of pity, especially one who is familiar with the ages of my other children (18, 13, 9 and 3).  They feel for me as they consider what I’m guessing is only negative things and I feel for them because if they have children, it feels like they didn’t or don’t fully enjoy the experience of being a parent.  They see the world through their negative experiences and can’t fathom doing it all over again, whereas, I’m looking forward to it all, as is my entire household.

So, I suppose, my prayer this week is for parents far and wide who still have opportunities to truly enjoy their children, no matter what age they are currently.  Let’s not take people for granted.  Children have a lot to give, teach and share.  Let’s not miss out on it all because we are so busy doing adult things.  Let’s be like Jesus and allow them to come to us.  Let’s enjoy them as the beautiful gifts they truly are for us all.

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