I know, it is a strange title, "Are Your Kids A Blessing?", but I have a reason for it. I am the mother of 6 children, and one of them has had severe medical problems throughout his life. Very hard days and nights, working hard to keep him alive. Thankfully, he is doing MUCH better now, though he still has to be careful in some ways.
Anyway, for years I had to take my children - all 6 of them (or as many as there were at the time!) - to many doctor appointments, emergency room visits and more. My husband went to many of them and many he could not because of work. I love my children, but I also count them as a blessing from God. Now, some days it is easier to SEE that blessing than others, but it is always true. :)
Many times when out, I would hear, "You have SO many children, how do you do it?" "Are they all yours?" "Weren't you afraid the others would have medical problems too?" (Our son with medical problems is the 2nd child in the family.)
"You must be a homeschooler....your kids act like it." "How do you get them all to obey?" "You just have 'GOOD' kids-you're so LUCKY!" "I could NEVER homeschool-I'm not organized enough." "My kids never obey me.", etc, etc.
I would chat with the people and many times would tell them how thankful I was for these precious blessings God has given to me. Some people agreed, while others looked confused.
This post comes from a conversation I had with one mother. She was rather bitterly complaining about how her kids never obey and they always cost her money and on and on with NOTHING positive to say of her children at all.
I was sad, especially since she had one of her sons - he was probably about 9-12 years old- standing right there with her......listening to all that was said.
I know that there are many tough times and it can be hard to stay cheerful and thankful....and seeking to minister to her.................... I said, "Life can be pretty hard sometimes, but aren't they a blessing? I am so thankful for the blessing of my children."
Her response horrified me. She said, "Well, your children might be blessings, but mine sure aren't!"
Her son stood right there and listened, but even sadder to me was the fact that he didn't even react, which made me think that it wasn't the first time he has been told he was unloved and unwanted.
That poor mom.......I don't know her story.....I'm sure her life is hard....really hard...and I suspect she doesn't have the Lord to help her.....I am ashamed to say that I was so taken aback by her comments that I didn't tell her about accepting Jesus as her Lord and Savior, though I did talk about the Lord. Such an unhappy, bitter and angry woman.
God wants us to be content in Him....regardless of our circumstances and we have the wonderful opportunity to train our children to be content and joyful also. It will mean denying ourselves.........We don't like to hear our children complain.....do WE complain?
So....... I ask again......Are your children a blessing?
I hope you see that they are........whether they are happy, grumpy, wet, dry, sleepy, hyper or any other way. They are wonderful gifts from the Lord.
What are we teaching our children - hopefully, we will teach them that we love them, God loves them, how to obey and be full of integrity, how to use self-control, how to be thankful, and more. It's a lot of work.....but we can do it......and we can do it joyfully.
I hope that you are loving being your child's parent, and if not, I hope that things will improve for you.........but until they do, I hope you can be thankful for blessings. I also hope that you have a good day. :)
"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him." Psalm 28:7
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