Confessions of a Peace Lover...

April 3, 2012….today we celebrate birthday #14 of our sweet girl Megan. Fourteen years ago her arrival was eagerly anticipated by three excited sisters ages 12, 10 and 4. They were thrilled to have a real life doll baby to play with and they were equally thrilled to have been given the privilege of naming their baby sister. Leah and Krista had no problem agreeing on the name Megan, but four year old Emily thought Magenta would be a much more beautiful name. Back then Miss Em was a big fan of the children’s program “Blue’s Clue’s”, Blue’s best friend was named….you guessed it…Magenta. Megan is very thankful we didn’t let Emily have the deciding vote even though having a “popular” name like Megan means she gets to share her first name with many other girls in her school.

Sharing is not a bad thing. In fact one of the things I love about having a larger family is all the great things you get to share. Yes, there are some things I wish the kids wouldn’t share with each other, things like germs or bad attitudes (come to think of it, a bad attitude is a lot like a germ….hmmm, that might be a blog for another day!) but there are so many great things you do get to share – especially with sisters. Back in 1998 I’m sure the idea of sharing clothes with this brand new living doll baby never entered the big sisters minds but the shared closet is a very big perk in our house today. Vacations are easier to pack for when you realize that your wardrobe includes the clothing in several other suitcases too. Of course sharing your plans to borrow those clothes is a necessity…communication is a much needed tool in the sharing process!

Ahhh, communication – talk about a great opportunity to learn to share. As ideas and thoughts are shared in the midst of a family setting the chance to learn, debate, agree and disagree about a myriad of subjects presents itself frequently! Sometimes we have to agree to disagree (at times we even have to remind everyone that kindness and respect must rule the conversation) but ultimately the privilege of learning to communicate opinions and ideas in a setting where you know you’re loved is priceless. As I watch our four daughters grow I delight in seeing what I have come to call “the strength of sisterhood”. Their constant communication with each other is a sweet joy to behold.

Shared experiences are another perk Miss Meg and her big sisters enjoy. From well loved books, television shows and midnight movie premieres, to vacations and other family events; a boatload of experiences to remember and laugh – or cry – about are all part of the beauty of sharing. And of course the sisters also get to share the joy and pain of the boy/girl relationships that seem to come along in a house full of girls.

Baby Megan had no clue to the life she was entering when God placed her in a family of girls. (And none of these sisters had a clue to the lessons God had for them when three years later He chose to give them a baby brother to share life with too!) 2 Corinthians chapter 8 talks about the “privilege” of sharing; the believers in Corinth were excited to share with other believers. Even though they didn’t have much, they wanted to share what they had. What a great example of how to live life well in a family; sharing what you have to give, even if it’s not a lot. It reminds me of our call to stewardship, it’s not about what we don’t have it’s simply about what we do with what we have. Sometimes you have material stuff you can share, other times it’s simply a sharing of yourself by giving others a place to belong and to be loved.

Hebrews 13:15-17 says, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Whether sharing a name, clothing, communication, experiences, or a shoulder to cry on, sharing is a good thing and God counts it as a sacrifice that is pleasing to Him when we do it with a good attitude.

Yes, fourteen years ago our family grew and three big sisters began sharing their love with a little sister. The sharing continues today, the goal is to live it out in a way that brings honor and glory to God. We may not always do it perfectly but the One we do it for has a plan for this family to share that is perfect in every way.

Happy Birthday Megan! (only a year and a half ‘til we get to share the car with you…)

Until next time…

Beth Beechy

Beth Beechy lives in Amish Country, Ohio. Marrying her high school sweetheart in 1983 has resulted in a home filled with five great kids, a wonderful son-in-law, AND an adorable grandson! Still a “mostly” stay-at-home mom, Beth enjoys being available for her family, friends, and ministry.

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