Sunday, August 17, 2008

I CAN DO ALL THINGS...

Baby number four is on the way and I am ecstatic, but my excitement has not been met with the same enthusiasm. The responses so far:

• Are you crazy?
• Another one?
• Ohhhhh
• Four?
• Your gonna have your hands full
• How old are you?

There have been positive responses too, that have far outweighed those mentioned above, but the negative ones really surprised me and led to this post. Thank you to those who have blessed us and this baby and have shared in our joy and excitement for the new life we are expecting.

The bible says, “Children are a gift and a blessing from the Lord” and I do not admit to having revelation of all that meant after my first child, but as my three have grown, wow…it is life-giving! So, if they are a gift and a blessing from the Lord, why would I not be thrilled? In nine months I get to unwrap a present from my Daddy - a Daddy who loves me with an everlasting love and gives perfect gifts!

My youngest daughter's name is Kaira, which means "God’s opportune time for something to happen" (from the Greek kairos). Maybe that is when it clicked for me, when I got pregnant with her, that it was God’s timing - not mine. It is the same now.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” is used by Christians everywhere for weight loss, recovery and a host of other issues, why don’t we use it for pregnancy and childrearing? I CAN do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!

10 comments:

Mari said...

Congratulations! You'll be just fine and I know this baby will bring great joy to your family!

Brandie "Bee" said...

Wa-hoo! We are thrilled for you. Though it can be tough, all my children have given me more than I could ever have imagined! We are rejoicing with you!

Cindy said...

Congratulations!!!
You are so blessed!

TAMI said...

Count me in with those who are CELEBRATING with you!!

Mrs. Sidney said...

I can still remember the phone call from my sister in law announcing pregnancy #4. She was nervous to tell me because she wasn't thrilled and she knew we had been trying for #2 for a while... yet with each baby she has become an every better mommy. I pray you have an amazing pregnancy!!

I have learned babies are in his time and I am okay with that..:-)

Karen said...

Just more love for you and your family! I'm happy for you!

S. Belle said...

Congratulations to you. What a blessing and joy every child is. I encourage you to remain positive in the midst of negative comments. I'm pregnant with my second, and people ask me all the time, "Are you done now?" Why they are so concerned, I have no idea, but people seem to think you are crazy if you want more than two or three.

Many blessings to you and your family. And I love your tea blog!

Wendi said...

Oh Mari!!! Congratulations! I nearly gasped out loud with excitement when I read this post. :) God is truly blessing you.
I so appreciate your persepctives on things. I love all of the beautiful lessons that God is revealing to you as you grow in Him. I am benefitting from it too.

Morning By Morning said...

CONGRATULATIONS Mari!!!!

Your youngest daughter's name is beautiful ~Kaira~ I LOVE it!!!!

Mari said...

God does good naming my babies...hmmmm - great post topic!

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