I stumbled upon Leslie Cate's cooking blog one day. I saw what a tremendously great cook and foodie she was, but as I continued to read, I found she was a sister in Christ as well and I knew she was my friend. I began to learn that she was also on a journey for God to bless her with children. Last summer, through adoption, Leslie and her husband became parents to a little boy and a little girl! I felt like I had been following a family member, and when I saw she finally had her babies, I cried! I was so happy for them and grateful to see God working his plan. They are a precious family! You can read more about Leslie here at: http://bringinghomebabycates.blogspot.com/or her cooking blog:
http://thecozylittlekitchen.blogspot.com ,The Cozy Little Kitchen. I have used her recipes, they are delicious, go see her! and Leslie, Thank You for sharing your beautiful story!
God Uses the Barren for His Glory
I stumbled on this today. This is something I believe God was stirring up in my spirit last Spring. During my prayer time one morning (I've never done this before), but I felt the urge to just begin writing down words. I grabbed my phone and actually penned this in my "notes" on my phone. Ha
Looking back, it was written out of a place of deep faith that I firmly had after a long stretch of not having much at all. Little did I know our life was about to drastically change with God's answer (HIS answer) to our prayers! I just began typing what I felt come out of my heart that day. God was doing a HUGE work in me personally that changed my whole outlook of my circumstances.
Although our children are not biological, they are certainly no less a miracle to us!!!
There is a portion in here that I wrote talking about preparing for motherhood and raising children up to serve Him. I'm in the midst of that right now. I want to be the very best mommy to our sweet peas, but I'm not "perfect" by any stretch! I'm learning everyday, but I do know how important it is to raise our family in the love of Jesus so they'll come to know Him!
Anyways, here is what I jotted down several months ago.
John the Baptist
What they have in common is all of their mothers were "barren".
Mothers who cried out for God to open their wombs, they pled, they wept, they even laughed, but they stayed faithful.
He answered all of their prayers and opened their wombs. He delivered them from infertility!
These babies, men, were miracles from the time of conception.
I believe they were born for such a time as this! Their time on earth was kairos- time. Sometimes we have to just trust the sovereign nature and all - knowing power of The Lord, when we don't see answers. At all. When we pray for His glory to be manifested in our life, we need to realize His timing is Kairos not chronos.
He sees "time" from a perspective that would blow our minds.
Perhaps our barrenness is only for the moment until He is ready for our child to be on earth ...
His reason is greater than our
... Our children will be on purpose. We as future parents need to be ready! Ready to raise up our children in the Lord's strength. To prepare them for the mission God has called on their lives. Because He does have a calling on their lives!
These babies born from a former barren womb all became great men of God who were used to pave the way for Jesus Christ to come to earth!!
Coincidence--you think-- that all of their mothers had to wait? Waiting with some days in agony and some days in firm faith but waiting in prayer for their time. I don't think so!
Their children grew up:
Impacting generations for all time.
Following God's lead in their life.
Sacrificing to bring glory to Him.
Allowing themselves to be humble vessels of light in the boldness of truth.
I appreciate these women for not growing so weary their hope fades, and they accept their barrenness as a curse. Even Sarah laughed when she heard she was having a baby, for it was that impossible... So she thought! The Lord is full of sweet surprises, and when we delight in Him he gives us the desires of our heart, and when we seek His face He will deliver and heal our land. I also believe when we trust Him, He will not only do things for our good but greater yet... He will use us(!) and our children in a higher calling for His glory!!!
His ways are higher than our ways,
His thoughts are deeper that our thoughts,
His Love is stronger than our love ...
So what is there not to trust?
"To every thing there is a season; and a time to every purpose under Heaven."