Thursday, September 30, 2010

five times the grace!

dear emily,

last night i lay in bed praying for you and the eminent birth of your sweet #5.
i even awoke from a dream praying for you.  see how much the Lord loves

i have a special affinity for you now that we both will have five children.  it
is the number of grace and redemption in the bible.  here are a few illustrations
of the number five.

historians maintain that the israelites marched out of egypt in ranks of five.

david picked up five smooth stones.  I samuel 17:40

the Lord told abram to sacrifice five animals (heifer, goat, ram, dove, and
pigeon.)  genesis 15:9

when God changed abram's name to abraham, He added the fifth letter.

"five of you will chase 100 . . ." leviticus 26:8

i know my kids have grown fond of pretending you might name this
precious one "nickel." :)  nickel, obviously, stands for five shiny pennies
and is a silvery-white metal.

"and the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace
of clay, purified seven times."  psalm 12:6

no pressure.  :)



Debbie said...

Lea, you have such a sweet love for Emily. We are to encourage the younger generation and you do that so well. In the meantime, all of your blog readers get to learn wisdom and love from you too. I love that!

Blessings and love,

Southern Lady said...

Don't forget that Jesus fed a multitude with two little fish and FIVE loaves of bread!! Carla

myletterstoemily said...

carla! that's right, thank you!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh so loved this...because I did this when our fifth was also meant that we would be a family of seven and seven is the number of completion...but God wasn't finished with us yet, and ten years later, we added another! I have to admit, I haven't looked up number 6 meanings.

My grandmother and I were the only ones on both sides of our family that had five children....I loved that I had that in common with her. I was her first grandchild!

So enjoyed....

High Heeled Life said...

Lea this was so beautiful!! It brought tears of joy to my eyes, to see the number 5.

We have 5 little embroys waiting for a special place to grow in. Mr. G. and I would love nothing more than to have little ones running around, via surogate or adopted we loved them all... OX HHL

Farm Girl said...

Five is a magic number, my fifth was my first child with brown eyes. My fifth was almost born in the shower. :) Long story. At Home. My fifth is the one who continues to read my heart. He knows me best. I always say it took me five babies to get one for me. They always upon birth loved Dad best. Except my fifth. Yes, number five is special. But you see, I wanted 10 so I didn't stop, God had a different idea and I stopped at six.
It is a lovely post Lea and I do hope dear Emily is greatly comforted.

Rachel said...

I love your encouragement!

And thank you for your sweet words on our blog. Writing is great therapy (especially when books are your friends growing up, no? :)

Loved this post!

Sandy said...

The thought that came to my
mind was the five loaves but
Southern Lady beat me to it.
I really enjoyed this!

Sonja said...

i grew up in a family of 5, and then had 3 kids, so we were 5... 5 kids? I have nothing but respect for you as moms of 5...

{Jodie} said...

You are such a sweetheart!! I love reading you.

Emily said...

Lea, you are so sweet, so good to me. Thanks for your encouragement and your prayers--I can't wait to introduce you to our new little one! I love your thoughts about the number 5, too--how fun.

Together We Save said...

Sweet post!!

Sonja said...

and here I thought I was being so generous and giving my Sooner friends a lot of grace on that posting... :)

i did just hear the traffic report of all of our 'red' friends coming south... you guys are as loyal as we are!!

Crown of Beauty said...

My dearest Lea,
I can definitely relate to you, after reading around your blog a bit. I am a 57 year old mom (my dear husband passed away 22 months ago) of five children, three are my own, and two are my sons' lovely wives. I also have one grandson, and another one coming in just two months.

My heart melted at the story of your hamster. Please tell your youngest that I am sure his beloved pet will be with him in heaven.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Discovering your blog is a gift of grace to me today.

I love the number five too, my youngest now aged 25 is a lovely young woman named Grace. This year 2010 is a year of double grace - 5 + 5 = 10.


koralee said...

Wonderful post today Lea....thank you for these words and all the encouragement that goes with them.

Have a great weekend...xoxoxo

Joan Elizabeth said...

I come from a family of 5 childen and someone told my Mum that a quiver had five arrows hence the following verse was special "Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them." Psalm 127:4-5

Vee said...

God bless Emily and her husband as another little one is added to their family. (I have two aunts with five children each. Those families have some of the best fun! And I can't imagine them without the "fifth wheel." Both men are such a blessing to their families and much loved.)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

I love your F*I*V*E* post!
Sending five hugs your way for a happy Friday, the first of October ;D

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

Lovely to read your post today. I wish her all the best with the delivery.

Anonymous said...


I enjoyed your comment you made on my post on Kat’s blog ☺.

I also have five children ☺. But five is not my favorite number when it comes to children, I would gladly make it six or more! If only…sigh.


Grammy said...

Hi, Lea,
Five is an important number..We give the high five when we congratulate someone else on an accomplishment or when we reach an agreement...we have five fingers on each hand...we have five important senses...we count by many fives there are in each of our lives. I so much enjoy reading your sage advice to readers. Thank you for your support, too.
Love, Ruby

Single and Sane said...

It takes special parents to raise 5 kids. Emily and her husband have some great examples to follow!