A taste of FAITH, a touch of LAUGHTER.
For some, it’s a planned event, welcomed wholeheartedly and prepared for carefully. You are ready. What a pleasure.
For others, it’s a long awaited, long sought after, delayed delight. We gain a treasure we thought we would never have or know. What a joy!
For some it’s going to be one of the worst heartbreaks you might ever know, involving deep sorrow, pain and loss. Your soul will be torn. What distress.
However it may be, it’s a calling on your life. You are no longer your own.
You belong to the little being who emerged from your body that day and who claims your life unashamedly and unreservedly as his/her own. This little one needs held, nursed, fed and changed. It’s a 24 hour job, raising a child. It’s a labour of unselfish love, no matter the outcome.
We will eventually become Mistress of All Trades in the process: nurse, bottle washer, laundry maid, cook, baker, speech therapist, seamstress, janitor, chauffeur, cheerleader, bodyguard, teacher, CEO, even possibly a drill sergeant 😉
We won’t get a sick day, a vacation, a promotion, or a raise, never mind a salary. Yet we will be expected to be everything, everywhere, with eyes in the back of our heads. There will be a lot of expectations and likely very few thank you’s.
But……we will make a difference! We will have an impact. We will leave a legacy. No matter what.
We may have the privilege of seeing all the milestones, all the “firsts”, and be rewarded with precious hugs and smiles and sometimes even an “I love you”. Our children can melt our hearts, bring tears to our eyes and make us so proud.
Our children may also, however, bring us unexpectedly to the brink, and even right to the depths, of grief and sorrow. There is no preparation for that. Only a tenacious and sometimes tough love, only faith. Our faith in the goodness of God may be sorely tested. What an opportunity for renewed trust in a living, loving, and ever present God.
Our children will most certainly teach us about life and love, and God, whether in joy or sorrow, and they will stretch us to our limits. Be ready! This is a journey that will take everything you’ve got!
Love and prayers ❤