I’m currently hosting a series on Letting the Lord Direct Family Size. Click here to start the series from the beginning.
Today we hear from my dear friend, Amy. She shares her sweet story on how the Lord has led her and her husband on their family journey. Be sure to follow her links at the end of this post to read the rest of her story on her site, Raising Arrows.
When I was young, I thought a large family sounded nice. I was raised an only child with half siblings old enough to be my parents. I remember feeling sort of lonely as a child, so I thought having several children of my own would be a great idea so none of my children ever felt lonely.
At 21, I had my first child and suddenly realized this motherhood thing was hard! I quickly decided one child was enough for me. My husband convinced me to have another and throughout the entire pregnancy (in which I had hyperemesis gravidarum) I staunchly stated two children were enough for me.
But God had other plans. Plans that have brought blessings beyond measure and children I would have missed had I followed with my own plans rather than His.
I have no doubt in my mind God brought my husband and I to the place of giving over control of our family size to Him for a purpose. While I may never know this side of Heaven the full extent of that purpose, I have already seen so many amazing blessings come from letting the Lord have control I have no need to see the entire story.
I went from seeing my children as burdens to seeing them as blessings. God gave us a child who would grace our lives for 7 short months so that her life could glorify Him for years and years to come. I learned humility and selflessness and what it means to truly enjoy your family. And I learned how to stand up for Christ in a world that does not get our peculiarity.
So, while I was certain in the beginning that God had the wrong lady for something of this magnitude, I realize now it really has very little to do with me and everything to do with Him.
I am blessed beyond measure.
Amy Roberts is the homeschooling mother of 6 (soon to be 7) living children and one precious little girl who sits at the feet at Jesus. If you would like to read more of her story, you can start with Our Journey to Trusting God with Our Family Size and continue reading through the Large Family Living page on her blog, Raising Arrows. You can also read about Emily and the blessing that was her life.