Oh, there are so many ways I could go with this blog post.
Has life surprised me? Oh yes, yes indeed. I just went upstairs and kissed goodnight one of the most a-ma-zing surprises in my life: my caboose kiddo. The child who astounded me by showing up when my husband and I were parenting three teenagers. True story: My husband-the-doctor had listened to my litany of odd physical symptoms and said, “Well, we know you’re not pregnant.”
And a few weeks later we were both surprised by the sound and sight of a tiny beating heart on an ultrasound monitor.
To be honest, I didn’t consider my unexpected pregnancy a gift — not right away at least. Nope. Finding myself taken down by morning sickness and confronted by the idea of maternity clothes was an interruption of my plans and my goals.
Now, years later, I can tell you that God’s fingerprints were all over that life changing late-in-life pregnancy. I was flabbergasted — but God knew all along the gifts he’d hidden in the surprise:
- the chance to experience motherhood in a way I never had
- the joy of seeing my three older children love their much-younger sister
- the freedom found in releasing my plans so that I could embrace God’s plans
In Your Words: When has a surprise turned out to be an unexpected gift or blessing in your life?
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Congratulations to Wilani Wahl, who won a copy of one of my novels through the “Something for Every Reader” blog tour hosted by author Joanne Bischof, as well as a copy of Joanne’s novel, Be Still My Soul.