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A Birthday With Jesus

November 4, 2011

     Eleven years ago I hung two little dresses on my chest of drawers so that I could constantly look at them.  They were there to remind me to stay put.  They were there as the promise of things to come.  They were there to bring me hope.

     My pregnancy started as an answer to prayer.  My three little boys every night would pray for me to get pregnant.  Then just for good measure they would pray for two.  A short time into my pregnancy I was having some difficulty so I went to the doctor.  Everything was fine but they asked if I wanted a sonogram just for good measure.  In my heart, God had whispered the thought of twins.  I wanted to know so I said yes.

     As the technician scanned across my growing belly she said, “I have something to tell you.”  I already knew.  Her words, “There are two babies.” only confirmed what my heart had told me.  I was filled with complete joy, and I have been filled with complete joy every day since.

     My pregnancy was difficult and I spent a long 10 weeks in bed while 3 little boys ran freely around the house.  I would try to home school as my sons crawled into bed with me.  At the time I thought it was a difficult time.  Now I look back with tears at a precious time with my sons.

     A friend who had birthed triplets told me to hang the dresses where I could see them.  She knew how hard it was to lie for so long and that I would need a reminder of why I was there.

     Then, seven weeks before their scheduled appearance, they decided to appear.  Even at 7 weeks premature they had grown well.  Both of them were right around 5 pounds.  My three sons were all between 9 and 10 pounds, so I guess the girls were making progress toward their brothers’ weights.

     After two weeks they came home with me to take their rightful places as the princesses of our home, and that is what they have been for the past 11 years.

     I don’t think a day passes when I don’t thank the Lord for the precious gifts he has given me.  I know I am not alone, but only one voice in a beautiful chorus of mothers whose prayers of thanksgiving reach the Father’s ears each day.  Our children are gifts directly from heaven.

     So today I will celebrate the birth of precious daughters but I will also celebrate the faithfulness of God.  I will revel in the blessings that He bestows and I will commemorate the answer to a promise.

     Our children’s birthdays, although wonderful days, can also be one more hectic day in an already hectic life.  Birthday parties, gift buying and special meals all add many more items to our already overloaded ‘To Do’ list. 

     Dear Mama, We need to not only celebrate the birth of our precious gift, but we should also remember our Lord on this day.  Start the day with thanksgiving.  As your child wakes have them also spend a moment in prayer to their creator.  It is easy for birthdays to only focus on the created and not the creator.

     For me, each child in my family arrived only through trials and great prayer.  Even though I have five children, none of them came easily.  They all came only through the faithfulness of God.  The birthday’s of our children are wonderful times to revisit the tales of their creation.  Remind them how God moved to bring them to this planet then commission them and recommission them each year to live the life God has created for them to live.

     Today my sweet daughters are 11.  Today I will tell them the story of their birth and the plan Jesus has for them.  We’re having a party too but I will make sure Jesus is invited.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Cathy McDermott permalink
    November 4, 2011 8:09 am

    Please tell the girls Happy Birthday. Have a great day celebrating with them .

  2. Edie permalink
    November 5, 2011 7:48 am

    What a beautiful story about your real-live baby dolls. They are gorgeous girls. I have the pleasure of seeing them every Monday in class. I love them like I love their mama. “Her children rise up and call her blessed.”

  3. November 5, 2011 3:15 pm

    Debbie this was so wonderfully written. I think it should be printed off so the girls will always have this; as they grow older they will be so very blessed by it.

    I have been so blessed to read and think about all the ways God has blessed and lead over these past 11 years. I have been given so much love from each of you and the love the girls bring is more than I know how to tell. Let us keep the prayers going for them now more than ever as the go into new ways. Jody

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