Both my sister-in-law (mother of two) and I have been separately blessed by this verse recently, so I wanted to share it with you:
“He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.”—Psalms 113:9
My sister-in-law opened her Bible to the verse just when it was needed – at a time when the children were tired, irritable, and misbehaving. She says the verse reminded her that her children are a blessing from God.
For me, the verse was a reminder that I have so much — I am not barren, I have a house to “keep,” and I have the CHOICE to be joyful.
Yes, I can choose to be joyful and thankful, even when the children are tired, irritable, and misbehaving (As my 4-year-old is RIGHT THIS MINUTE when he should be in bed, but is instead making noises and jumping around next to me. Excuse me while I put that Blessing to bed!)
(Originally published on my 2004-05 Keeping the Home blog)