Matt 18 NIV
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
(I'd like to note here that while I was skimming through the gospels trying to find this specific scripture I am overwhelmed with Jesus. He is so good. His love is so big.)
I realized that this new baby was that "something great" I was longing for and that the responsibility of raising him was greater then anything I could have ever imagined. It was a very humbling yet beautiful experience. Jesus took a child in His arms and told His disciples that to be great you have to serve that child. Can you imagine? This is my high calling.
After that experience everything changed. My heart, my attitude. I could talk about my baby with excitement and not fear. Our lives moved forward. My pregnancy was incredibly easy. I had very little morning sickness. I was absolutely HUGE, haha, but I had a lot of help. Bret was induced 2 weeks early, born on August 9th of last year, weighing 10 lbs 6 oz. My induction was really difficult but once I finally got around to the laboring part it was a breeze. He was out after three contractions. I had no tearing and in fact was told by my doctor that I should give birthing classes HAH! Unfortunately Bret did not transition well and was taken to the NICU in Tulsa (I delivered in Owasso at a hospital that did not have a NICU). Thankfully my mom was able to stay with him every minute until I was able to get there. He had a short stay of only 4 days and has been the easiest baby since. He's an absolute delight. Smiles easily, cries little, sleeps and eats well and is content to sit and watch his two Type A siblings run a muck. I can't believe it's been a year already. He is a treasure and a beautiful gift that I will be eternally grateful for. Would you join my family in blessing him today?