Friday, July 9, 2010

I cannot comprehend this

I know I said I was going to be MIA, but something happened today, and I just had to blog about it!
Today was the day we had waited for...Emily got her cast off. Hip Hip Hooray! We came home and she promptly took a bubble bath and laid all the way down in the tub!
But that's not what I want to blog about.
When we arrived at the doctor's office we sat down in the waiting room. Where Headline News was playing.
The story that was playing was about how having kids makes parents miserable.
Let me give you a minute to pick your jaw up off the ground.
It's true. They say that studies have shown that parents aren't happy. Wanna know some of the reasons why?
One I heard was that the kids had so many activities that parents don't have time for themselves.
Also, that kids cost so much there isn't enough money left over for the parents' wants.
Do you see the common thread??

I'm sorry. I don't get it. Why in the world would you even have kids if you want to carry on with your own life just the way it is??!! Why would you think that they aren't going to take time???

What is this world coming to? I'm just flabbergasted by this. And what's worse, when I went to try to find the story to link here, I googled things like, "more kids less happy parents" and "parents not happy" and I got article after article after article, you understand, about parents not being happy..BECAUSE THEY HAVE KIDS.

I have to imagine that these people being interviewed are not Christians. Although, I know some are. In the churches, no one thinks twice about things like birth control. No one thinks about the fact that the Bible consistently calls women with open wombs "blessed". Or about the fact that we are called to raise children for God. Now, don't get me wrong, I absolutely understand that there are infertile people out there, who are living Godly lives. I don't think they are not blessed. I truly believe they are called to adopt. It takes very special people to adopt, and I believe God calls them.

Selfish. That's what these people are. And I just don't understand. We have become so wrapped up in our own wants and needs that we don't ever look to others needs. How often do we do something for someone else, if it means sacrificing something we want to do? I'll tell you...not often. And I'm not just talking about you, or your neighbor, I am talking about me too. We are all guilty of this little demon called selfishness.

Oh boy, this entry has taken a turn. I didn't mean for it to be a rant. And honestly, I'm trying to add to my readers, not lose them. I'm sure I probably lost a lot with this one entry!

I just really cannot understand how people with kids can not be happy. Who else loves you unconditionally? Who else smiles at you, even when you are not always so happy with them? Who laughs at your jokes? Who gives you a hug, just because? Who? Your children, that's who. How can that not make you happy?

Please, accept my apologies if this post offended you, that wasn't my intent.

Psalm 127:2-4 (King James Version)

2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.


Brenda Walburn said...

I just want to say, WAY TO GO, and that I'm with you all the way. My children are my life and I wouldn't give them up for anything and my grandchildren are such a blessing when they say, I love you Nana. Keep up the good work.

Jessica said...

I agree with you 100%. And I feel sorry for people that chose not to have children at all because it will inconvenience them.

No it's not easy being a parent, but the blessings far outweigh the work.

Being a mom has brought me so much closer to Jesus. I believe there are things in my own character that I would never have even known to give over to Him, much less become a nicer person if I wasn't a mother first.

Tamara (AK) said...

If lost readers with this post, you probably gave them a lot to think about before they left. May God use that for His glory! :-)

Crystal Roberts said...

I certainly agree with your post here, and I truly believe we need to set an example to others with our large families, not many people are willing to have a large family and allow God to bless them with children, so the few who are really have a big job! But we have a big God too and whatever amount of children he chooses to give is up to Him and it is also up to him to provide for them. Way to go!!

Mrs B said...

Good on you for posting this.
Love when I read a few different unlinked blogs pointing in the same direction at the same time!

I read this blog entry a couple of days ago; think you might like it

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