Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Children should be seen AND heard!

I write this post today with excitement and a fire under my belt!  The past few weeks have been a journey for me in walking closer to my loving savior.  So many things have been happening "behind" the scenes that I never knew were happening and now as I have been watching things unfold before my eyes, I am thrilled to begin sharing them with you!  The next few posts will in greater detail describe some of the things God is doing in my heart and life!  The first one I will share with you today.

As I visited my "home" church that I wrote about the other day, a dear lady that I knew quite well came up to me and I innocently gave her my blog address so she could catch up with our family because there is just not enough time to cover what 13 people have been up to in the past 10 years!  Well, God had a greater plan and began to plant a seed in her heart for something else to do with my blog address. 

For years, since I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I have had a PASSION to minister to young girls and young mothers about the value of life and that children are a blessing NOT a burden!  The world today sees that as just the opposite and it disgusts me!  That is a harsh way to say it but that is truth!!  Why does the world see children as a burden, well simply because of selfishness!  It is WORK to raise children, it is expensive to raise children, and it is time consuming to raise children!  So therefore, it is considered a negative thing to have more than one or MAYBE 2 children.  The "cost" is to great!  (For those of you who cannot have children or have only one or two, please don't write me how unsypathetic I am! I am talking about the idea of  children being a burden not attacking personal reasons for having 1 or 2 children.)  It's all about attitudes and trust!  There are vacations to take, jobs to do outside of the home, new cars to drive, big huge houses to acquire, and the list goes on and on!  Not that those things in itself are ALWAYS bad, just when they become priority over God's plan to have more children. 

If God's word says, "be fruitful and multiply", "the fruit of the womb is your reward", "children are a blessing and a heritage from the Lord",  and other verses that explain children are GOOD and a blessing, then WHY should we consider them any different!  Jesus even said, "Let the little children come to me!"  He knew how important they were!  As a mother of 11 children, with 7 of them 8 and under (and boys at that!), I understand how trying children can be BUT I also thoroughly understand the blessings they bring and they far outweigh the trying part!  The extra laughter, hugs, kisses, and the lessons we ALL have to learn in being selfless!

With that being said, I will continue on with the rest of the story.  I recieved a phone call yesterday from a well known representative from Iowa Right To Life.  She had heard of me through the lady I had seen at church and wanted to know if I would have any interest in helping get a new campaign off and running about populating Iowa!  I said I have done a great job of that already!:)  I would be thrilled to take part!  The new journey in releasing the passion God has placed in my heart to share with others has begun!  HE found a way for me to share my heart!  I did not search IT out, He brought it to me!  I hope to be used in a way that can be a blessing to others and His glory can be seen.  I will update you more on things to come as I begin to write and publicize this campaign that children are to be seen AND heard!  They are gifts and blessings that only God can give! 

Pray for me as I seek His desire and plan for me while on this new journey!


Rhonda said...

Heather! I was so please to see you at church last Sunday and glad that we did not have plans that day that kept us from attending. It's wonderful to stand back and see God at work in our lives. I know He will bless Iowa Right to Life through your efforts and experiences. Populate Iowa (feel free to reproduce) will be a fun way to tell people what you already know. Children are a blessing not a curse! Bless you as you step forward in this new path of your life. I'm so pleased that we will be 'working' together in this effort to promote LIFE! Rhonda

11arrows said...

Love you, mom! You're doing a great job, and I'm proud of you :)

Robin said...

Heather--that is so exciting! You are a blessing to me and always so encouraging! Children are a wonderful blessing..Amen!


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