Friday, August 6, 2010

Children are a heartiage from the Lord

I am going to be honest right now. It wasn't that long ago that thought of kids was far from appealing. And given how the majority of this culture views children, I don't blame young couples for saying, "yikes! no way!"

There is just such a stamp of imprisonment that children have been given by pop culture that is hardly biblical.

I was just so freshly reminded of the blessing that my baby boy is when I read the words of Ps 127:

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! 

Children are a heritage. A reward. Blessings from the Lord..

How counter-cultural.

Sitting hear, listening to the coos my little one is making from his crib, as if he's saying, "hello, mommy... I am awake. I need you." or seeing that face that lights up in the morning when I peek over his crib, when I find him chewing on the bumper - he squirms with an excitement that squeals, "MOMMY! GOOD MORNING!" And when his eyes are heavy at nap time and I lay him down.. he cries in opposition and its so hard to walk out, leaving him - but knowing it is for his good that he be left. And watching him, everyday, develop more and more brings more joy than I could have ever thought possible. It makes me reflect and say, "How could I have ever despised this?"

Oh friends, I would encourage you to make a counter-cultural statement...

"One of the strongest statements you can make against a cultural of abortion or culture that just uses birth control to say, 'These kids are just in the way,'  is to go out of your way to add children to your life. Kids can show up unexpectedly and kids can show up by great effort. If you make a great effort to add a child  to your life, you are making an unbelievably counter-cultural statement in a world that just wants to used every means possible to get them out of the way and even when they are born get them out of the way so we can be about our lives..."  -John Piper

Friends, the road is selfless and not always easy but so much more amazing than anything... and I would really encourage you to dive in!

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