Since Janice is away for the weekend, I’m joining Heather in today’s Faith Builders Meme.
What thorns in your life are you thankful for today? How does Christ use those thorns to remind you of his Grace and Love? How do you personally use those thorns to minister to others?
When I think of my thorns, my infertility jumps out at me.
It took three and a half painful years of waiting as my body seemed to have no concept of how to conceive. Then one day the Lord blessed me with my ultimate dream — I became pregant and gave birth to my beautiful baby girl Julia.
Now again, my body seems to ignore my attempts to conceive.
But, it almost doesn’t even matter if I never become pregnant again. The Lord answered my prayers and brought us our blessed Julia. Most days I’m convinced I am the most thankful mother in the entire world. I know every mother loves her children, but I cannot begin to image how anyone could love a child as much as I love Julia.
After waiting so long for her, I think I will never take her for granted. Even when she keeps me up all night or fusses during the day, I am constantly praising the Lord for this miracle.
Although I’d like Julia to have a sibling, I am at peace and have handed the issue to the Lord. We continue to try, and I pray that His will be done, and I am at peace.
I can see clearly the blessing brought about by the wait. The Lord drew me closer to Him as I struggled to endure those barren years and now I cannot look at my daughter without part of me thanking and praising the Lord.
Also, before my struggle with infertility, I was competely unaware of the torture of an empty womb. The issue barely crossed my mind, but now I realize how common and painful it is. Although each woman’s suffering is different, I am thankful that I can relate in some way.
I’m also thankful that Julia and Jackson have an uncommonly strong bond as cousins. Since neither yet have siblings, they are brother and sister to each other. It is so sweet to watch Julia jump up and down with excitement as Jackson comes to the door in the morning. And Jackson loves his precious little cousin and in his prayers he continually thanks the Lord for her.