The Voiles Family will increase by one in February 08' and we couldn't be more thrilled! We are looking forward to the blessing of another child and our children are so excited to have a baby brother or sister to hold....to feed....to play the role of the orphaned toddler in their elaborate make-believe world in our woods. They have been in desperate need of a more gullible participant since Samuel has claimed the role of villain/pirate/bridge keeper.
There has been considerable deliberation in both my heart & mind on the matter of having more children. At the end of every laborious discussion (which sometimes included a second party.... and sometimes not) the negatives always boiled down to a selfish motive, my own desires, and worldly standards. I found it difficult to actually lay this decision before the Lord and sincerely ask the question if increasing our family would bring honor and glory to Him. The hearts desire was always there but coexisted with fears about money, space, time, etc...
Fleshly desires and worldly fears often gather momentum and grow over time if allowed to fester and with my flesh desire to be "free" from the burdens of babyhood and "free" from the financial strain of another child, I began to bury my hearts desire (His hearts desire) deeper and deeper until I no longer pursued it.... and it tried to fester.
But He does not turn loose. I am grateful for that.
He continued to pursue this desire, sought obedience in my heart, and has richly blessed this family!