For the past month, I have been studying the book Greater, by Steven Furtick with Melissa Taylor’s Online Bible Studies. One of Melissa’s blog topics this week was Trust Fund Baby – My Most Memorable Gift from God.
My most memorable gift (after salvation) is also my most memorable blessing and that is God’s gift of the births of my two children. The Bible says in Psalm 127:3 (KJV) “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
When we married we talked about having 5 or 6 children – we both love kids. For years we were unable to have a child. I kept miscarrying and kept wondering why and praying. It was difficult because we were so involved in church, and I was always helping with baby showers. It is also difficult on a sister who has younger sisters and sister-in-laws who are having babies. I didn’t realize at the time I was a “trust fund baby” but God knew. His plan is perfect.
So one day in April 1979, after 10 years of marriage, a little baby boy was given to my husband and I. We loved him long before he was born. I have never felt as much joy as I did that day. The joy and thrill of a nurse laying that wrinkled little boy in my arms to feed never goes away, that joy never changes. Here is a picture of our baby boy his first Christmas. He was saying, “Ho Ho Ho” (6 months old).
He is still and always will be my little boy who is now grown and as loved as the day we brought him home. He loves the Lord and has not been one who climbed a ladder of status, but one that loves and serves the Lord and works as if unto the Lord.
A few years later (Oct 1981), we were blessed with a baby girl who was over two months early and weighed in at 2 lbs, 6 oz. and spent several months in the hospital. At times she was not expected to live, and if she did we were told she would have problems mentally and physically. Here is a picture when she was almost two months old at Christmas with her Dad.
Little did the doctors know that our God is the Great Physician and she would grow up to be a valedictorian and also Sigma Cum Laude. She added a special joy to our lives and completed our having children because the doctors told us I could not survive another pregnancy because of the toxemia. Today she continues to have a servant spirit and loves her God with a heart of gold.
For many years I still thought of those miscarriages – those babies that are in Heaven. I just could not thank God for losing them. One evening I was at a prayer meeting and sitting with a couple who had just miscarried and God said share with them – share with them that you would go through all that pain again to have the joy and the best gifts from me that you could have ever imagined.
Today I can honestly say that I give thanks to God for that pain. I would go through it over and over again to experience the JOY of the last 33 years with my son Mix and my daughter Amanda. What treasures they are, what gifts they are – the most valuable gifts I have ever received!
Moments of a lifetime – those moments when God blessed us with children and all the precious memories day-to-day that we have cherished and continue to cherish as we spend moments together in person, on the phone, on Facebook, and through email.
Today I realize I was and am “a TRUST FUND BABY” as Pastor Furtick calls it. “God is my trustee. He puts our prayers in a trust fund. You have your own trust fund set up too. When you pray for something and that particular thing doesn’t happen, who’s to say God isn’t taking your faith and the prayers you prayed about that situation and posting them to another account in your life that you’re going to see at a future time”. Oh thank God that He took my prayers and put them in that trust fund and saved those babies for a future time. WOW! Look at the JOY I would have missed had I not endured that pain.
Is this not a precious sight? My “trust fund” babies. They were probably about 3 and 5 here in this picture.
What a wonderful Christmas season I am anticipating as my children and their precious spouses join us. Those are the only gifts I want this Christmas – my family. And now God has blessed us with 4 children – a son, a daughter-in-law and a daughter and son-in-law that we adore. Guess what they all rocked my world when they said they would study “Greater” with me. And how could my husband not say yes after his kids did?
In my blog last week I talked about one of my favorite words which is JOY. This week as I ponder on 3 John 4 (KJV), it says “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
I thank God for the most precious gift I have ever received, my children (all 4 of them) Thomas Mix and Whitney, and Stephen and Amanda, and I praise God that I am able to say that I have no greater JOY than to hear that they are walking in His truth.
JOY to you this Christmas! May you know the Joy of having children that love the Lord!