Posted by: raisingmustardseeds | February 23, 2007

Go Forth and Multiply! Part 1

I’ve always dreamt of having 4 kids.  2 seemed too little, with 3 there would be that “middle-child syndrome”, so 4 seemed like a good idea.

My better half initially thought 2 would be sufficient.  But after we had our first baby, he joked that parenthood suited us well, and we could probably handle more.  As more children appeared, we joked that we could have however many the minivan would fit. (That’s 5 kids, in case you’re wondering)

With each pregnancy, my bouts of morning sickness got more severe.  They finally diagnosed me with hyperemesis gravidarum.  A fancy name for excessive face-in-the-bowl-puking-your-guts-out-24-hours-a-day. 

After my tour of duty during my 4th pregnancy, (it’s usually a 5-6 month stint), I remember commenting to my ladies’ bible study group that this would absolutely be my last baby.  That was September 2005.

Well, in the course of 3 1/2 months, I experienced what can only be called a God-thing.  The Lord, in His gentle way, showed me that neither I nor my husband were to make that declaration.

My head was spinning.  I couldn’t fathom letting God decide the size of our family.  Unsure of what to make out of it, I finally broached the subject with my husband, 3 weeks before the birth of our 4th.  His initial reaction was shock at the mere thought of possibly having more than 4!  After several discussions, I agreed to drop the idea, at least until the baby was born.  He was probably hoping that after the baby came, and along with it, the sleep deprivation, I would come to my senses and see the ridiculousness of my suggestion.

One month into motherhood with 4, it was back to the books with the older kids, I was sleep deprived, nursing was torturous (the worst of all my babies, ironically), I was forever doing laundry, or so it seemed.  But I was having FUN!  It was an inexplicable JOY to just soak in the knowledge that these 4 precious children were ours.  I was humbled that God in His infinite mercy and grace, chose ME to be the mother to these blessings. 

I’ll write more on my journey in another post.  But in the meantime, here’s a passage that God used to speak to my heart concerning my need to give this area of my life up to Him.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.    ~ Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)


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