I remember so clearly the day my daughter was born. I held her in my arms and absolutely could not believe that this little bundle really belonged to me, but she did. She was my daughter, my responsibility, and with her daddy, we would form a unit. The first few days were spent trying to sleep between feedings and recover from the long labor and delivery process, and it was probably three days before my brain clicked into focus. I remember very clearly when it happened. I was changing her diaper in the middle of the night, hoping she'd go back to sleep after her feeding, and the strongest feeling came over me. The mantle of motherhood had been placed on my shoulders. This child had been sent to me by God as a precious gift, and it was my duty to care for her. I knew with every fiber of my being that I was being told by God to do my best by her. I was not to let up on the fulfilling of my duties, but I was to remain absolutely vigilant in her care, her keeping, and her protection.
Since then, I've had three sons, and with each, I've felt the same bestowal of authority, only not as strongly. I think it was felt most strongly the first time because such a charge had never been given to me before, and with the boys, it was a renewal of something I already had. But I have never doubted that these children belong to me, not just physically but in a spiritual sense, and that if I do not do everything in my power to care for them, I will be accountable to my God for that oversight.
This feeling of responsibility has affected me on many different levels. Some have seen me as being overprotective. Some think my decisions are a little strange. Others have questioned my methods. But in each case, I simply tell them that I know I've done what I needed to do for these particular children. I don't force my choices on other people - I'm a firm believer in free agency and the rights we all have to choose our own paths and to explore our own options. But I have made some decisions that are off the beaten path for most people, and that's okay. Their feelings of responsibility are leading them to do different things because every child is different and needs different things, and every parent knows what their own child needs.
This is why I'm looking at our current administration with a great deal of skepticism. Some of the programs that are being discussed will be of great benefit, but others are too rigid and will not allow parents to have the freedom to decide if that will or will not work for their own children. I'm concerned that the things that are currently being passed in as law will effectually bind us up rather than support the freedom we've always enjoyed in this nation. I want to continue to choose what I feel is right for my family.
There are those who support Obama 100% and there are those who believe he's the Anti-Christ. We've certainly seen a lot of division when it comes to the beliefs of the people regarding him. I've always believed that by their fruits ye shall know them, and I'm watching those fruits. I'm watching them very, very carefully.