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.