Devotional Readings

A Time to Be Born

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1.

My husband and I started our family early in our marriage. Like many new families, we faced many of life’s difficult challenges and decisions. Money wasn’t always abundant, living space was limited, and time was lacking. When our son was about 3 years old and our daughter was only 1, we faced more questions: How many children were we intended to have? What did God have in store for our family? Were two children all God had planned for us? We carefully pondered the pros and cons of having more children. We discussed advice given to us by our peers and mentors. We discussed the financial burdens that sometimes come along with an additional family member. We even discussed how it would affect our car and house arrangements. In the end, however, we could come up with no definite answer.

One fall day I decided to take it as a petition to my heavenly Father in my daily devotions. I prayed, “Lord, You know what the future holds. You know what tomorrow brings. You know from the beginning to the end, so please impress upon my husband and me what Your will is for us. We want to be happy, and we know that the best way to accomplish this is to abide in Your plan for us. Please, help us to know Your will and to follow Your leading.” We agreed that if we felt impressed to do so, we would start trying to have another baby in the spring.

Two weeks later our answer came. It was neither what nor how we had imagined it, but it was an answer: I was pregnant with our third child. We were thrilled! God had definitely answered our prayers. Many times we have an idea of how our life should go. We think that we know the right road and the right time to take it. We expect God to follow along behind us to catch us if we fall, but we seldom let Him take the lead. I am thankful that we serve a God who cares so much for us. He is always willing to show us His plan if we only allow Him to do so. He too wants us to be happy.

Thank You, Father, for allowing us the freedom of choice. Please help us each day to choose You and Your guidance for our lives. May we remember to do this every moment of each day. Amen.

–Mandy LaFave-Vogler


from A Word from Home
Ardis Stenbakken (editor) | Review & Herald (2005)
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