Have you ever heard the phrase, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”? In the past I probably would have believed this statement. It sounds good and right. But after having 4 children in 4 years (and soon-to-be 5 children in 5 years) I now know that God sometimes does give more than we can handle–and for good reason. Otherwise, I would not lean on Him and trust Him as He wants me to.
When people see me with my four little ones I often hear them say things like, “Well, you are so patient, you can handle having a big family.” Or “You have the nature for it.” They don’t know me!! I grew up very independent and strong-willed, also with quite a bit of feminist and liberal leanings when it comes to children, family, career, relationship with husband, etc. God has changed my heart immensely in the last ten years. I am so grateful He has been patient with me as I learn how to let Him decide the size of our family and to be content and competent as a keeper at home (as it says in Titus 2:4-5). No, I am not patient by nature but daily the Lord is growing me. Thank you, Lord!