Thursday, May 14, 2009

Nope, sorry, ain't gonna happen

Micaiah and I had our check-up at the postpartum clinic, we are both healthy and doing great. When the nurse was asking me if this was a planned pregnancy, she said "so he was an OOPS baby". I quickly corrected her that he was a surprise; no child is ever an OOPS. It makes me so sad when people refer to pregnancies and children as an accident or mistake. Children are a gift, and I think too many take that for granted. The Bible says this about children:

Psalm 127:3-5
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one's youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate

Sure, we did not specifically plan each of our children and endured some difficult times with a few of our new additions, but you will NEVER hear even a tone of regret come from my mouth about my children. I will NEVER feel sorry for myself for the things I have sacrificed for the sake of my children. I will NEVER apologize or feel badly about their existence. Not one of them was an OOPS, no child in this world is an OOPS. This is a very popular quote that you have probably seen a lot, but it's one that I love:

“The Bible calls debt a curse and children a blessing. But our culture applies for curses and rejects blessings.” ~ Doug Phillips

Another quote I especially love when thinking of the amazing responsibility that surrounds raising kids:

"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see" ~ John J. Whitehead

Micaiah was a surprise, but that's the great thing about God, He knows better than I and knew this was a surprise that I would love with all my heart. I still have moments from time to time where I wonder what it is that I have to offer these 6 little blessings, but I take comfort in the fact knowing each of them was hand picked by God specifically for this family. Who am I to question that?


Rene' said...

AMEN! Those quotes are really great. I too often think about what it is that God has in store for me and these 5 little ones. Isn't it exciting to know that God has great things in store for you and me? He wants to bless us and for us to enjoy it to the fullest in Him. Praise God for blessing us with children and the future He holds for us. I love this post!

Ann said...

Couldn't agree with you more. :)

Kerry said...

I think you answered your own question as to why the Lord has given you these 6 precious gifts. It's because you see them as just that! You are a blessed mama! Keep up the good work!

Mandy said...

Amen, Aubrey! Amen!