Enjoy every stage!

By: Manuela Castellanos


August is a month of celebration and many birthdays for our family.


Noah, my oldest son’s birthday was the eight of this month. My little brother, Matias, also has a birthday in August as well as my brother-in-law, Laudijair. The amazing thing is that it feels like I gave birth to my son only a few days ago. Four years flew by!


When they asked Billy Graham what had been life’s greatest surprise, after being involved in the ministry for so many years, he replied: how short life is. I agree with him. Life passes by very quickly, the Psalmist said, “my days are like an evening shadow that goes away”. Our time on earth goes by very quickly, and the time we have our children with us at home is also very short.


I know what it takes to be a mom. Actually, I think it has been one of the greatest responsibilities in my life and the one that requires the most time from me. But not just time, motherhood demands A LOT of patience. However, it is important that in the midst of all our responsibilities, and the day to day running around, we STOP just to cherish our children, to laugh with them, and enjoy every stage.


A long time ago, I found a Scripture that really caught my eye. I think many are familiar with this portion of Scripture, we find it in Genesis 18:10-13. It says: “The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’”.


Sarah’s greatest delight was being able to conceive and bear fruit. I think this is a great teaching about how significant every child God gives us is. They need to be the greatest joy of our hearts. Even on days when they wake up with a fever, cry and don’t want anything (actually today, my son Nathan has not been feeling too well), we need to rejoice and enjoy every moment, and thank God because it pleased Him to entrust us with these little people for us to guide them.


Along with my husband, we can say that being the parents of Noah, Nathan and Chloe has been our greatest delight. We love and enjoy every moment we get to spend with our children; they truly are the joy of our hearts.

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