Speak the Truth:
“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord. Isaiah 54:1
Talk the Talk:
I’ve never quite understood women who say they don’t want children. I think that is because I have always wanted them so badly. It is one thing if having children is simply not a desire of your heart; however, what about those of us that have that unquenched maternal instinct seemingly oozing out of our pores? At least, that’s what others would have us believe when they say, you would have made such a good mom, or other words such as those. What happened to us? Were we all just destined to be childless? Did God have a plan for us that we just didn’t/haven’t yet recognized? As for me, I was pretty bitter for a long time after I found out I wasn’t able to have children. My husband wasn’t willing to adopt, and that, along with a number of other problems found us soon divorced. I had always been really close with my nieces and nephews and spent lots of time with them, thinking they would make up for the lack of my own children, but even though I desperately loved them, that desire was still there. It wasn’t until after I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior that I began to see that He might have a plan for me after all! I earned a doctorate in special education and began to teach college. Well, most of you know about my meeting up with Amanda Williams (a former student), the daughter I always wanted, and her husband, Jeromy (another former student), but you don’t know about the multitude of students that became like my “temporary” children throughout my career.
Walk the Walk:
I taught approximately 2,000-3,000 students over my career. Many of those students are still my friends on facebook or come to visit me, etc. It has truly been a blessing to me to have the opportunity to spend time with so many young people, to present myself as a substitute “Mom” while they were away from home. My prayer has been that I presented a godly role model to them. So, for those of you that, like me, wanted or still want children, Isaiah 54:1 tells you that you can have them! My advice is to step out into some area in which children of whatever age you feel called to are involved and begin to work/play with them. The affection they will share with you along with the all-encompassing love of Jesus will fill you to overflowing!