Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from him.
God has been bringing this verse to mind the last few days. I'll catch my heart thrilling at the sight of Avril running and squealing as Norah chases her down our hallway or I will find myself locking eyes and laughing hysterically with Dwayne at something the girls say or do. A moment after this happens, the Holy Spirit will whisper something like this to my heart, "These girls are your reward. They were made to bless you. In following me, you are saved from many things, Veronica, one of which is the inability to enjoy your children." Then my heart will fill with quiet praise to God for letting me see my kids as the particular blessing they were made to be to no one else but me (cause I'm their Mommy.)