Thankful Thursday: The Heart of a Father

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“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:21 NKJV

In the early years of our marriage, we received the devastating news from our Infertility Specialist that I would never be able to have children. It was one of those seasons in life that either makes or breaks your faith. Why had God put such a desire for children on both my husband and I without any way to make it happen?

When we got married I loved my husband, but during our infertility struggles, I finally understood his heart. It was the heart of a man who loved his children and was willing to go through anything, no matter what, even before they ever existed. This is what makes a Father out of a man.

If I could see that, why didn’t God?

Eventually, we came to a place of surrender and trust. In surrendering, we acknowledged our helplessness to make the facts of my physical condition any different. In trusting, we left it (walked away from it, didn’t turn back, and gave it all) completely in God’s hands. If it was truly from Him, He would make a way. Somehow.

Today, we have 2 beautiful healthy children that were conceived without any infertility treatments. God is indeed good.

Thank You Moment:

The difficult and heartbreaking journey to have children, filled with its delays and detours, did more to prepare our hearts to become parents then anything we could have done ourselves. As difficult as it was to go through, I’m filled with gratitude for who it made me and for the God who brought me through it.

As we approach Father’s Day, reflect on some of the challenges your own father overcame to become your dad. Can you find a way to be grateful for who it made you?