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Your Heritage From The Lord

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What is your heritage? As a child growing up in Jamaica, we learned about our national heroes and heroine. We learned about the colors of our flag and what it represents. We learned our nation’s folk dance, food and clothes. These and much more have been etched into our memories as kids. It helps us remember who we are as Jamaicans and we proudly declare it wherever we go.

So when I came to first learned I was infertile, I started learning all the reasons to be infertile. I pondered and rehearsed my short comings for years before the tides turned. Psalm 127 was only one part of the Bible that helped to turn my thought process. Instead of rehearsing the doctors diagnosis, I started proclaiming what God has said in His word.

“Children are a heritage from the Lord!” Psalm 127:3

WOWZERS! This is a wake up call for me. Heritage stood out and it though I was childless, I started declaring what is mine. I started praying, crying and asking God for a heritage.

Today on the other side of infertility, this Bible verse still speaks loud and clear to me.

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.” Psalm 127: 4-5a

Now that I’m a mom, I’ve realized that the hard work has just merely began in training my arrow. There is so much I wish I had experienced and groomed for as a child. But truth be told, my parents and various guardians did the best they could with what they had.

As I sat down to really chew on this verse a it more, I was invited to help out as a “Chief” of Archers at my church’s local Vacation Bible School.

We had over 360 students show up and I was overseeing little about 100 of those tiny souls. As I watched the adults assigned to help me keep track of these 4-5 years olds, reality sunk in even more on my responsibility as a Mom.

Apart of it was to train up our child in the way she should go, but in addition to that, it meant intense focus on my part. This is why, she is my heritage from the Lord. God has been faithful in giving us purpose.

A little over 10 years earlier, I didn’t have a heritage to carry on a legacy of our name. I didn’t have a little mind to train, nurture and teach the beautiful things that were instilled in me by amazing coaches and mentors.

Now here I was with a priceless “weapon” in hand and not sure what to do. I got stuck and content to just be happy with having a child, that I almost forgot I needed to nurture her and if I didn’t know how, I needed to learn.

I have a good friend who has 15 kids. Yep 15, all natural births and from the same husband. She inspires me and calls her kids “nations”. You can read more about that in the story of Jacob and Esau.

She has 15 chances to get it right and to carry on her name and legacy in this world. I currently have one. The good and encouraging thing about this is that in the parable of the talents, Jesus spoke about the man who received 1, 2 and 5 talents. Which one are you?

It is mind and your responsibility as parents to nurture, train and equip our kids for the future. For their life’s journey and what God has called them to.

So if you have 1, 2, 5 or even 10kids, let’s not get lazy, but let’s secure our heritage and train up these beautiful minds in Christ so that when they become of age, they will know the path and not stray from it.

Hope you find this encouraging as your transition to being Mom.

Karena

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