I am alive to see my children’s children.
“Blessed is every one that fears the Lord; that walks in his ways.
For you shalt eat the labour of your hands: happy you will be, and it shall be well with you.
Your wife shall be as a fruitful vvine within your house: your children like olive plants round about your table.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed that fears the Lord.
The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
Yes you will see your children’s children, and peace upon Israel.”
Psalms 128:1-6 KJV
People often ask me why Brendan and I had fourteen children. We believe that children are a blessing from The Lord the fruit of the womb a reward. Blessed is the man who has his quiver full of them. You can find this promise in Psalm 127. Friends and family celebrated with us when we had our first children. As our family increased our friends became fewer. No cards arrived to congratulate or celebrate with us as the last children were born. My husband and children gathered around the hospital bed to see their new brother or sister and celebrate the new blessing God had sent us. Ten little tiny fingers and ten little tiny toes were caressed.
Each baby boy has grown into a man. Each baby girl has grown into a young woman. Some have children of their own now.
“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children born in one’s youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, when we meet with our enemies in the gate. Psalm 127
We were eager to receive blessings from God. This is the perfect gift. What could be better? To receive gifts from God Almighty, who created the heaven and the earth and reigns in heaven over all the earth. A child is a gift from our Father in heaven. I trusted God who gave us our children to help Brendan and I to look after them.
God gave me the strength to carry and give birth naturally and safely to each one. The size of each baby varied from seven pounds to twelve pounds. I did not have any assisted intervention of doctors. God took away any fear or worry about having a child. I thought if Mary, Jesus’s mother rode on a donkey from Nazereth to Jerusalem, seventy miles, it would be okay for me to travel if I needed to and live normally while I was pregnant.
Being pregnant is not a sickness. I had my last child when I was forty five. The doctors tried to put fear on me. One said, Mrs Mc Cauley you are older now. “There is a risk your child will have abnormalities.” Another said “Your body Is like a car Mrs Mc Cauley. It will break down and wear out.” Yet another said “This poor, unfortunate woman is pregnant again.” Their prophesies did not come about. But God’s promise came about. My children are blessed. God has healed me and restored me after each child. The word of God tells me in Exodus 20 that my children are blessed to the thousandth generation.
“but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
Exodus 20:6 NIV
As I believe in Jesus he takes away the fear. Yes there is pain, not only in having children, but also in rearing them. I have found my help has come from God. He is there in time of trouble. Psalm 91 promises me he will deliver me out of every trouble. I have experienced the truth of this word.
“He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.”
Psalms 91:15 KJV
In 2010 I suffered from fourth stage bowel cancer. When one has fourth stage cancer there is not much hope of living long afterwards. But God again has proved faithful. He was with me in my trouble. He completely healed me from cancer. My children helped me through this time of difficulty. As Psalm 127 says they will stand against my enemies in the gate. When death came knocking on my door, my children stood with me. All fourteen of my children and their grandchildren prayed for me.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.”
Psalm 127:3, 5 NIV
Recently Brendan and I celebrated our forty fifth anniversary. Our children and grandchildren visited with us. We had a weekend of gratitude, joy and love. The grandchildren enjoyed some water sports.
I believe I will live to see all my children’s children.