All-Sufficient God

The memories of this past holiday season are sealed in my heart.  I was blessed to have my son’s and daughter’s families at home for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year which of course included both my grandsons!  My children are not often home at the same time, and I cherished the special days together.

Grandsons . . . I have two, and if it’s God’s plan, they’ll be more grandchildren.  God’s intentions for us are always good.  I remind myself of this when I can, because I remember a time I was certain I’d never be a mother, let alone a grandmother.

Everyday God’s goodness amazes me. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us God has good plans for us, plans to give us hope and a future, and even though these words were spoken by God in the old testament to the children of Israel, when you become a christian, you become heirs to God’s promises to Abraham as well.  God has good intentions for all our lives, but He has requirements as well.

Jeremiah also tells us God wants to prosper us.  Prosperity in the scriptures means sufficiency in all things, God’s grace abounding toward us.  In order for us to receive His bounty in every area of our lives, He wants us to first seek Him and His kingdom, and when we do, He promises to care and provide for us.

In my post, Adoption An Answer For The Pain, I shared my heart with you about my infertility, miscarriages and eventual adoptions.  After ten years of infertility and my first miscarriage, I gave up on everything, including God.  My pain swallowed me; and I was sick to death of listening to women complain about their kids and motherhood, or not wanting to be pregnant at all.  God, in His loving mercy allowed me to grieve and heal, and eventually I returned to His arms of forgiveness and hope, even though He’d never let me go to start with.

God had blessings planned for me.  His path was different than I’d thought of for my life, but oh, how good His ideas were for me.

If you still wait for a child, or you’re pregnant and don’t want to be, don’t give up on God. He’s not given up on you.  He wants you to have a child; perhaps through natural birth or adoption, or maybe foster care.  He is the God of life.  If you’re considering abortion, wait and seek Him first.  Allow God’s Holy Spirit to speak to you and share His good intentions for both you and your baby.

He is the “all-sufficient one” who never slumbers or sleeps.  God cares about every detail of your life and He will sustain you.

Over time, I healed  after my miscarriage.  I prayed.  I cried out to God.  I wanted peace.  I wanted what He wanted for me because I’d come to the realization He wanted only good for me.  I stepped back and let go of my baby quest, and in His great compassion, love and timing, God brought my baby daughter into my life.  He’d wanted this for me all along.  God never let go of me and He used one woman’s choice for life to be the answer to my prayers.

He’ll do the same for you, no matter what side of the motherhood equation you’re on.

Seek Him first.  You and your child will never regret it.

Donna

 

Children-A Gift from God

 Children, too are a gift from God . . .Psalms 127

Children come into our lives in many ways.  Most are born into our families, many adopted, some fostered, mentored or rescued by the kindness and good deeds in our daily life.  No matter which way they arrive, children are a gift from God and therefore, our responsibility to love, nurture and protect.

A few days ago my daughter, who is so good at staying in touch with me when I let life sap my energy and want to hibernate, sent me a text inviting my husband and me to her house for chicken and noodles after work. My son-in-law made the delicious meal and we enjoyed the evening with them and chased our non-stop two-year old grandson around the house while he said quite pointedly, “Grandma Donna, gitta me.”  The evening at their home was the warm, comfortable time I’d dreamed of when thinking about raising my children and watching them grow into moms and dads with little ones of their own.  While at my daughter’s home, I’d left my phone in the car, so I missed a phone call from my son.  He’d left me a voicemail that touched my heart.  He told me he’d been thinking about me, praying for me, and reminded me that God cared about an issue I’ve struggled with in my life.  That was it.  Nothing about himself and his life, it was all concern for me. I was his mom, and he wanted me to know he loved me.

If you read my post Adoption-An Answer To The Pain, you know both my children are adopted and that I’ve had two miscarriages.  I went home after the evening with my daughter’s family, listened to my son’s voicemail, and wept.  God, in His merciful goodness, reminded me of the precious gift He’s given me in both of my children and grandchildren.  Because I was able to adopt, not only did I become a mom, but a grandmother, too.  The lives of children are generational, and the blessing they bring to our lives passed on through those generations.

Before my children arrived, I often cried out to God that I’d have to endure this pain all over again when the time in my life came that I should be a grandmother and would not be.  God loved me so much.  Just like He loves you.  He heard my cry and answered my prayer.

If you cannot keep and raise your child yourself, I sincerely understand this.  You can still give them your love and their life.  Prayerfully, consider adoption.  The life you carry is generational, and so many families are waiting and praying for the chance to love and care for the child you can place in their lives and hearts while caring for, and loving yourself and your child.

God will honor and bless your decision for life.

I know. . . and everyday I’m reminded.

Donna