Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.




Saturday, December 8, 2012

Singing Through December




We are so blessed to have a little one in our home on a daily basis.  Now have I said that before?  When God looked down and say two graying parents He knew what our future held.  He knew  we would walk through some very deep valleys.  He knew that income would be lacking more times than not. He knew that lives challenges at time would be more than I would think I could handle, yet, He produced a seed in my womb at age 44...dad-to-be was 51.

Seven years ago I celebrated Christmas with a very large belly!  I felt the kicking of a little one who we didn't know the sex of.  I wasn't sure if this little one would be healthy on his arrival or if I would be able to deliver at home as I had with my past two.  We all waited in expectation of a what a Mighty God was going to do for us.

Mid-wives walked this mid-age woman through a long pregnancy.  My husband was called away for a full month on work as I stayed back to home school three children and taxi teenagers to all their activities. I was alone.  My mind battled the words of the world against this pregnancy...the stats of what my pregnancy held and the unsurety of the future, while still parenting three other children, rejoicing with our newly-weds and watching our college son spread his wings.

That Christmas this song just meant so much to me, as it does this season while my miracle of a healthy 10 pound 4 oz boy arrived just after the New Year, to a 45-year-old mother.  He changed everything, as all children do.  His arrival has brought joy in the midst of so many struggles since his birth.  His voice singing "Glory to God in the Highest" this season has kept his smiling mother humble, as I continue to walk through our family challenges.

Did Mary know what was before her?  Could she have even grasp what her child would deliver the world from?  Could she have even imagined the cross or the empty grave?  NO!  I don't believe she could have...we still can't, at times, believe the gift. So many choose not to receive the gift.  My Benjamin reminds me that God gives gifts that don't go with the world's culture of what you should do.  God knew that my husband and I would need the smiles...and the ears of listening to a six-year-old sing "Glory to God in the Highest", while he is in bed.  God knew we would need the smiles he and his sixteen year old brother bring in our home. God gives perfect gifts!  May we all receive His gift this season.

So I leave you with a song that has become a classic for me.




25 Joining in with more words:

Sally said...

Amen.

Lorraine said...

He is such a sweet blessing to you and your family. I love that song too :)

Debbie said...

LOVE that song, and Faith Hill! And your soo right of course. The blessings that Benjamin brings to your whole family could never be measured. God's best gift for sure! Enjoy your week-end!

Sonja said...

Pure joy Janette, that's what God has given you with the bonus gift of your Benjamin. This blog SANG to my own heart!! And Faith Hill singing that song... I heard it on the radio yesterday, and it is magnificent!

You have it figured out my friend... God has gifted you with HIS wisdom and HIS joy!!

Love you!

Sharon said...

What a precious post, Janette. I am so touched by your story about dear Benjamin. What a miracle, what a blessing. God in His wisdom, going against the culture of this broken world.

Love that song. And I so appreciated how you made the mind of Mary so alive. No, she didn't know, but her heart was yielded to her God.

Just like you.

GOD BLESS!

Sandy said...

Benjamin is a special treasure to you and your husband. I was born to my parents when my mom was 42 and my dad 47. They always told everyone that I was a gift to them, given to keep them young and alive. I tried to help and serve them all my life. I know you realize Benjamin is that same kind of gift to you and your husband. I believe he will also be a help and blessing throughout his life to his parents.
This song is new to me. So beautiful!
Hugs~

Farm Girl said...

How wonderful. One of my favorite all time songs too. God has indeed blessed you.

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Oh, what an absolutely precious post! I love, love that song and I can only imagine all the joy your son has brought into your lives. My parents had a baby when I was 13, my Mom was 39 and he has been the joy of all of our lives for almost 47 years.

Special, special blessings as you cling to His promises this Christmas season. May He shower you with His blessings in 2013! Hugs to you!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Only one word, Janette. Beautiful.

As I watched the video, this thought came to mind. God has taken a symbol of hate and horrible death, and changed it into a symbol of unlimited love and eternal life.

Marla and Steve said...

You always have perfect words. I love this post and you are so blessed to have all your wonderful children.

travelintoadventure@gmail.com said...

Can words get any sweeter -- my dear friend I am moved once again by your words from the heart.. God bless you.. I have a friend who have 4 boys and one girl and it's a lot of work at 53 to help them out daily..
so I feel for you..
Hugs.. Happy Holiday

Vee said...

(I was happily visiting here when we had unexpected guests from California. I'm so sorry that I didn't close out before rushing to greet them.)

This is a song I had not heard before...I liked it very much. I also enjoyed reading more of your story...a great one it is, too.

podso said...

Love your post; you write Benjamin's story so beautifully. Having recently retired from being a baby nurse, I will say there are quite a few women in their forties having babies these days. But what a special gift of joy you have!

Theresa said...

You are a sweet blessing and such an encouragement to me!

camp and cottage living said...

Janette
I know what a blessing your Benjamin has been to you and your family. He was no 'surprise' to God

Beloved's Bride said...

Extremely Precious!

Brenda Lazzaro Yoder, said...

Thank you for this gift.

Debbie Petras said...

That is a beautiful song! The Lord will get you through each day with His grace. Just think of the fun you have with Benjamin in your lives. He is a gift from God.

Love you,
Debbie

Angela said...

What cheeks he had!! You are so right, God is the true giver of gifts, and we don't always realize what treasures He has given to us.

Debbie said...

And since I happen to know that the little baby in question in your house turned out to be Mr. Full-of-Life, it makes this post even better to me!

I've never heard that song you linked so I'm going to click it.

And yes, a baby changes everything.

Rebecca said...

God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform :) And I love that song, too, Janette....

Maryann said...
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Maryann said...

God always knows just what we need, when we need it doesn't he. Your little Benjamin has brought your so many blessings and smiles....I find that God's ways are seldom mine but they are always the best




TexWisGirl said...

this is so sweet. :) very timely, too.

thank you for stopping in today!

Canadagirl said...

What a beautiful testimony my SSiC. May he continue to amaze you in the years to come.

Happy Hanukkah
Blessings and ((HUGS))
In Him<><
-Mary

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