I've heard it said so many times... err, actually I think it was it was me that said it... "I gave up so much for my children and they don't appreciate it"In retrospect, I gave up nothing. It is all I ever wanted to do. I remember praying one day, very specifically, age 12 that God would bless me with lots of babies. I'm not sure if it was the influence of the Brady Bunch or some other childhood fantasy. I wanted to be a mom. Not a popular dream in this world of ours.
I would joke about how I was going to raise my children differently. All in fun. "Mom, when I have children, they will get to eat their dessert first. This way they will beg for green beans, and I will tell them, eat your dessert first!" I love that my mother had a great sense of humor and laughed at my crazy parenting ideas. I had many more, some I even wrote in journals. When I look back at my ideas, I see why children should not be parents.
Not sure where this post is going, my kids keep interrupting me.
Oh yes,Gifts from God, they come in all sorts of packages, sometimes you have to unwrap many layers before your gift can be revealed... and I'm not speaking about children per-say, but about all the gifts from God.
Jesus, thank you for my gifts,
Especially my precious six,
And my hard working one
Thank you for my sufferings
Thank you for seeing me through
Thank you for giving me Your Mother
Blessed Mother, Thank you for your son
I hope to make you proud
I pray to never take any of my gifts for granted.
Jesus Jesus Jesus
Suffering to an outsider, may not look like a gift, but peel back the layers and a gift more valuable than gold is revealed. Most of us know people who have suffered health complications but come out of it with a new perspective. I know of a lady who suffered through Breast Cancer, and returned to the Church. Along with her she brought her older children, who then brought their children. When I ate lunch with her she said, "If I had to go through it again, I would."
"Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
No one has given up more, than My God, My Savior, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.
This Lent I vow to offer more, and complain less.