After more than a week of feeling nauseous and dizzy, and needing extra sleep, this month, I was pretty positive I was expecting a baby, again. Things eventually proved otherwise, however, and my excitement of being able to announce to family at Christmas that we were having another baby, came to an abrupt end. Do you know what happened in my heart, through all of that, though? The temporary tears of disappointment only made me want to love on our Baby Brooklyn all the more! It made me want to treasure being her mother, and thank God for blessing us with her, all over again. We did not know if I would be able to have any children, but God gave her to us! Psalm 113:9 “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children . . .” Becoming a mother is a joyful, happy thing! Brooklyn’s smiles, her giggles, her little chirps and gurgles brighten our days with such joy! What sunshine, those ladies who desire no children, deny themselves! Psalm 127:3 “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
The best present of all, that very first Christmas in Bethlehem, was Jesus Christ, God’s Son – the promised Messiah! Have you ever stopped to think what would have happened if Mary had said she and Joseph were too poor to raise children? What if she had said she was just too scared to become a mother? What if she had told God she didn’t want to have any babies? ALL babies are blessings from heaven, but this One most of all! Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Mary had a willing spirit to carry a very special Baby within her womb. She rejoiced to be given such a task! Luke 1:46-49 “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.”
Jesus could have come to earth as a full-grown man, but that wasn’t God’s plan. He allowed Mary to conceive the Messiah without ever having been intimate with any man. He allowed her to feel His Holy Son kicking and moving within her womb. He let her watch Jesus eat His first solid food and take His first baby steps. This was something very special! Mary was allowed to be Jesus’ mother! She was not holy or perfect. She, herself, needed a Savior! But she “found favour with God.” (Luke 1:30)
Will any other woman on earth have that same blessing? No. None of us will ever give birth to the perfect Son of God. Jesus came to this earth just once as a little baby. When He returns, He will be coming in power and glory, as He Who died and rose again. Only Mary will ever be known as the “mother of Jesus”. He was truly her little “Christmas Blessing”. If we are mothers, we each have “little blessings” of our own, however! I, and no one else, have the blessing of being Brooklyn Elizabeth’s mommy. You are blessed to be the mother of YOUR children.
How precious it is, if we are able to have our children and grandchildren gathered around us, this Christmas! As December 25th quickly approaches, I want to encourage you Mommies to hold dear the child blessings in your life! Family should mean more to us than any present we could ever receive. And, above all, cherish the birth of the Father’s Only Son, - the Emmanuel of all mankind!
GOD BLESS & MERRY CHRISTMAS!