Pregnant? I didn’t think so highly of my capabilities to think that I could “handle it”. Yet, I felt peace that I would learn and delight in the process. I also prayed and asked God to tell me what this little one would be like. In every previous pregnancy, I had always gotten a clear indication about each baby early on, and each had proven to be true.
When one of our sons was about 4 years old, we went through an incredibly challenging season.
His angelic behavior as a baby had melted into mayhem, and we were doing everything we could think to do. The advice paraded in my mind, “You have to be consistent. You can’t let children win in a power struggle. You have to be the one in charge.”
I’ll never forget the nurse in the maternity ward who called me “brave” when she found out that the gap between my twins and this next baby was only 18 months.
“Thanks for not calling me crazy.” I said with a tremble in my voice as I walked slowly down the hallway in between contractions. My water broke a few moments later. I’ll never forget her, because she didn’t hint at the often unspoken question, “Why would you do this to yourself?”
Humanity once believed in the power of motherhood. We once treasured and honored the years that a child could rest in the arms of its mother. We once saw the loveliness in the unsculpted body of a woman that sacrificed to sustain the life of her young.
We all get one life to live. We can either sit and wonder why we were given what we have, or we can take what's in front of us, welcome the Lord God into it, and see what He can do with it. There is a generation coming after you that is waiting to inherit the choices you make.
Mindsets regarding what is normal and healthy have shifted, and we, the adults in the situation, are surrounded and inundated with so much sexuality that the desensitization has led to a darker and darker subsection within pornography. North America has lost her ability to blush. Statistics show that we are also losing the ability to be intimate and vulnerable with real people, in real life because of it.