The Gift of Children

I will never forget the overwhelming wonder and amazing joy I felt when my first child was born. I said to God in gratitude, “I’m not worthy! What did I do to deserve this?” Shortly thereafter, our first child became a teenager. During my weaker moments, the challenges, confrontations, and difficulties that come with parenting sometimes left me asking God, “What have I done to deserve this?” Then I was reminded of Solomon’s wise and truthful words in Psalm one hundred twenty seven: “Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? The fruit of his womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children!” Parents, whether God graces you with easy parenting times or strengthens you during difficult parenting times, those children God gave you as gifts on the day they were born are still God’s gifts. Treasure the gift of your teenage children!