1. Narrative of A Mother


"That the generation to come might know,
even the children yet to be born,
that they may arise and tell them to their children,
that they should put their confidence in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep His commandments"
Psalm 78:6,7

This is the story of my life with our children. It is one mom's perspective on a responsibility that, once begun, does not end at any certain age. It is sometimes glorious and golden, sometimes tiring and tempestuous. I am privileged to be given this important work to do. In it I find fulfillment.

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Many years ago, a young man met a young woman. After some months had passed, he asked her to be his wife. They were married and spent a few happy years together. Just the two of them. They talked of someday having children. The husband was cautious but the wife was impatient for the day when she could stay home and care for her very own babies. She did not particularly care to go to work day after day. Home and children and all the domestication in that life were calling her name.

In time, a baby boy made his appearance. He was followed by a baby girl two years later. The mother and father were delighted with their tiny new children. They had become a family and their lives were forever changed. This is My Little Family.

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I wanted to have six children. I came from a family of six siblings and it seemed, from my perspective, that number was not too large and not too small. Perhaps four children would do, at the very least. As it turns out, this is one desire I have had to surrender. By all appearances, it will remain unfulfilled. We cannot always have what we want. It's as simple as that!

Can we accept the arrangements our Heavenly Father makes for us and be fulfilled, joyful, and content with what we have? Yes, I have found it is possible, if I am willing to surrender my will for the Father's will. There is a daily cross to be taken up, but from that death to self springs real joy and true peace. No one has ever yet found complete satisfaction in having everything they want. In living to God and for others is genuine contentment.

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Every family is unique, each child a distinct individual. Some have situations that are much more difficult than ours, some sail through child training years as if carried on a gentle breeze. One mother takes it extremely seriously, the next approaches it casually. This story is not being written because we are in any way extra special or highly original. I share our experiences as encouragement to young mothers. Someday, it may even be of interest to my own children.

...to be continued