Charley bear turned 7 months a couple weeks ago and I’m still in shock. People always said that time speeds up once you have kids, but I had no idea how true that would turn out to be. It feels like just yesterday that he was born and now he is sitting up on his own, crawling, standing, and trying to walk. (Lord help me!! haha)
I was trying to think of some special nugget of truth to share with you all, but I’m having a hard time finding anything to write about today. There are so many people who are struggling to conceive and it is weighing heavy on my heart this week. Here I am celebrating the milestones my baby is achieving and grieving the way time is a vicious thief while others would love to feel the sadness that comes from babies growing up too fast.
Romans 12:15 reads: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
I have faith that as I am weeping with those who are trying so hard to have a baby, they are also sharing in my joy as I watch Charley grow.
Sometimes I can feel self conscious of sharing the joy I have from my sweet baby boy. Am I sharing too many baby pictures? Is this making it too hard on these friends? Does it seem like I’m rubbing it in their faces?
All lies from Satan meant to steal my joy.
Then I stop and remember this verse. I reach out to them. Ask them how they are doing, and empathize. Their pain becomes my pain and I weep over their loss, over their unfulfilled desire, over their discouragement. And I have faith that they see my pictures of Charley and smile with me, laugh with me at some of his antics, and share in my joy.
(I managed to whittle down the photos to eleven, and let me just tell you, it was hard to do!!)
Behold, children are a heritage* from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. (Psalm 127:3)
*some translations: gift