People continue to surprise me. Let me tell you why...
I took my 5 girls with me to run errands. We were in the grocery store. Tess was sitting quietly in the seat of the cart. Dani Rae was sitting in the big basket of the cart. Elizabeth was standing on the end. Abbi and Maggie were walking along with me. No ruckus. No fuss. All happy and helpful. It was a sweet moment UNTIL...
a lady (about mid 30's) standing there said, "YOU are being tormented." I looked at her with a very puzzled look. Was she talking to me and why on earth would she say that? So I said, "What did you say?" She said it again, "You are being tormented!" With a smile and still confused, I asked, "Why do you say that?"
Her reply was, "You have FIVE daughters! I had two and that was way enough. You are a brave woman."
I told her that I also had 3 boys and all of them are a blessing to us. I left it at that.
I was still confused by her question but then I became very sad for her. What has happened to her so bad that would cause her to make such a comment? Why was her view of children so negative? Had the desire for her own pleasure gotten in the way of "being mom"? Were her children a nuisance? Had she become vain and prideful with no time for her daughters? I don't know.
I prayed for her and her daughters.
I also prayed for myself. I prayed that my heart would not become hardened towards God or my children. I prayed that I would joyfully seek God's will and not my own pleasure and that my children would see Jesus in me.
I am so thankful God loves me -with all of my impurities and imperfections.
God's Love and Forgiveness gives me hope!!