Monday, May 16, 2011

A Mother's Day Gift From God

I have always been stumped as to how to answer this question, "How many children do you have?"

Should I say, "Um, I have three, but one died?" No, no, who wants to hear that? "Well, I have two children," and in my mind, I think, no I gave birth to three. How about, "I have three, altogether." Then they look at you like what are you not saying?

After a seven-year-long sigh, I can now breathe normal. Here's why.

As my husband and I drove to worship on Mother's Day, the answer came to me as if I had opened a box and there lay the perfect gift from God. He let me know I have three children, but the youngest went on to Paradise.

Now that really surprised me, because I believe no one can know this for sure. We can hope it. We can be pretty certain, when our loved one who has become a Christian, that he will be in heaven one day. But we're not God, and we can't know for a fact.

Only God knows the heart of men. 1 Kings 8:39

So, in faith, that's what I plan to say. "I have three children, but the youngest went on to Paradise."

I continue on the path of loss where the Lord carries me, and when I look down, there is one set of footprints in the sand.

On my next post, I will delve deeper into why Joshua died, which I've not wrote about before. Please check back soon.

Until next time . . . hold tight to Jesus.


  1. Jean, I'm so glad God gave you a peace about what to say when people ask about your children. A friend just lost her teenage son this week, so perhaps sometime down the line I can share your wisdom with her. (((hugs)))

  2. Jean, this is beautiful. A couple in our church had a message from the Lord that their son, who left them in the manner yours did, was in heaven with Him. Gave them such peace and joy.

  3. Has it been seven years, Jean? That just doesn't seem possible. God bless you again and again. You are such an inspiration.


  4. What a great gift, Jean, and the perfect answer.

  5. Happy Mother's Day to an amazing Mom.That is such a beautiful gift form the Father's heart. Hugs to all.

  6. Thank you ladies, for the encouraging thoughts. So glad you could stop by and post a comment.

    Hugs, Jean