January 10, 2012

Where Much is Given . . .

Tomorrow I will have my 7th child.  I will then be separated from him by more than 8 miles recovering from surgery in one hospital, while he is tended by his daddy in the NICU of a children’s hospital and about to undergo his own surgery.  I’ve got a very simple message on my heart to share today, something that I don’t think can be said too much.

Children are a blessing from God. 

Notice there are no qualifiers in that sentence.  I didn’t say that children are sometimes or often a blessing.  I didn’t say only healthy children are a blessing from God.  Or only obedient children.  Or only children born to a happily married father and mother.  ALL children, regardless of circumstance, are a blessing from God.  As we have progressed through this pregnancy knowing our son comes in an imperfect body that brings lifelong challenges I have gained a greater testimony of this.  He is an unqualified, undeserved blessing to our family, as are each of his siblings. 

I have also been humbled to realize that when God gives us great blessings, like children, He also expects more of us in relation to those blessings.  In Luke 12 it is said this way: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required”.  As parents we have been given priceless treasures in our children and God requires much of us in return. 

The Family: A Proclamation to the World gives parents a wonderful look at what God requires of us in relation to these precious gifts. 

“Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live.”

While there is a lot I could say from here I think the best teacher for every parent is the Spirit.  So here’s my challenge for you – take some time today to sit quietly and ponder what God wants you personally to work on right now to be a good parent.  Pray about it and then act on it.  Children grow quickly and we don’t have time to waste ‘figuring out’ this parenting thing.  Not when God has already given us guidance like the Proclamation.

Tristan is the richly blessed wife of one good man and mother to 7 precious children ages 10 down to almost born.

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Anaise said...

Wishing you both a safe and joyful birth day tomorrow! You'll be in my prayers.

Dana ♥ said...

Tristan, Your sweet family is in my prayers. I do know that you are so completely right in your thoughts toward this. You are an amazing lady! Hugs to you <3

Kendra said...

Good luck with everything. Your post was beautiful!

Megan said...

I've been following your updates about your baby since you found out. After praying for health and safety for the two of you, we'll be praying for the Spirit to comfort you during the separation. God bless you and your family.

Jen said...

Prayers with you, your new baby and your family. Thank you for this reminder, I love my children, as I'm sure we all do, but being a parent can be a great challenge. It's good to be reminded every so often just how much of a blessing these beautiful children are in our lives! Thank you and God Bless.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Tristan, praying for a quick recovery for you so you can join Mason sooner at the other hospital. God bless you and our family! Of, course He already has but you know what I mean!

Kristin said...

Praying for you and Mason. Thanks for the post. It was beautiful and so true.

Abby said...

Thank you for those beautiful thoughts. I pray you and your sweet son will be safe and have quick recoveries.

Anaise said...

I thought about you all day yesterday, and of course you are having a baby today and won't see this comment for a long time, but I wanted to say congratulations!!! I couldn't help thinking that all of my sympathies and sad thoughts about the hardships you're facing are rather misplaced in when I realized that you're having a baby! A brand-new little child of God is arriving today! Yes he'll have troubles and your heart will break over and over again, but it is still a day of celebration because Mason is getting born!!!! I felt like doing a little happy dance for you in my kitchen. Congratulations on the birth of your seventh child. May his life fill you with love and joy!

Birrd said...

I loved this post, thank you for writing it. I've always felt deeply in my heart that all children were a blessing, but it's funny how your mind forgets sometimes on a day-to-day basis just HOW precious they are, especially when you are struggling with one of them. I needed to be reminded, so thank you.