Mother of a Multitude


In one of those odd conversations in middle school, I stated that I would like to have 13 children. And, as if that wasn’t a shocking enough statement, all 13 would be boys.

I’m certain that we all make brash statements in our preteen years that we forget about or quickly take back, but that one traveled with me through high school, dating, and until my marriage. Unfortunately, or fortunately, my husband did not share my optimism that we adequately provide for and train up 13 children. 

His dream number was two, and that is where we stopped having children.

One afternoon many years later I was listening in on a conversation amongst colleagues about how many children they had versus what they wanted. I normally wouldn’t have joined the conversation, but someone was a little down and I thought maybe my story could help.

So, I told them about my dream number of 13 boys and a husband that only wanted 2. Then I told them about how I started off going to college to be a teacher, stopped because of what I saw happening in public schools, and then several years later felt like God was opening doors and pushing me through to go back to that path.

“And now, this year alone, I have about 82 children plus however many go out for our softball team. God’s plan was way greater than anything I ever imagined. I asked for 13, and He said, “13? I have multitudes in store for you! You will be the mother to many.”

In a room full of educators, teachers and administrators alike, one looked up at me and said, “In all my years I’ve never looked at it like that. You are so right. What an amazing way to think about our kids.”

Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. Mark 9:37




Sometimes God gives us way more than what we ask for, but we are so busy dreaming about the way we wanted it that we miss what’s been right in front of our face all along. 

How has God answered the prayers of your heart in ways you would have never expected? What have been hoping for that you might need to take a step back and see if it’s already been given to you in a way different than you had envisioned?

How can I pray for you? Can I lift you up this weekend? God wants to meet your needs. Will you ask Him?

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3 comments

  • Tingles came to me when I read your message. The truth really is freeing. If all educators felt this way about their class, the world would be a wonderful place to live in. Perhaps just by your drop in the ocean, you’ll affect many more than you’ll ever know.

  • This is what I needed to hear tonight — God sent you to me. Would love to connect with you

  • What a wonderful post Carrie as it is such a great perspective! It’s amazing how God hears and answers our prayers in ways we can’t even imagine. 😉 <3