Marcie loved rocky road ice cream.

But when she stepped on the scale, the young woman was alarmed to see she had gained weight. With a lifetime of being able to eat anything from a 22-ounce steak with baked potatoes and a loaded chocolate shake topped as high as Everest with cream and sprinkles, the slender young woman called her best friend for sympathy and advice.

“I’ve gained weight again! This is so unfair! Being over 28 and I can’t just eat like a teenager anymore!”

“What have you been eating?”

“The usual, plus a double scoop of rocky road at the ice cream store every day.”

“Hmm. Sad. It catches up with all of us sometime. Guess you’ll have to give up the ice cream.”

But even without Rocky Road, Marcie gained weight and inches.  She called her friend again. “Inches, too! This really is unfair! I think along with going an honest-to-goodness diet for the first time in my life, I’m going to have to join a gym!”

“Have you been feeling okay? Any nausea or throwing up?”

“Just a funny feeling in my belly. Something’s not right, not normal for me. What could that be? Bowel problems? Appendicitis? Cancer?”

“Go see the doctor right away. Then you’ll know.” Marcie’s husband came with her to the doctor’s office. “I’ve given up going out for two scoops of ice cream every day. I’ve been dieting. What’s wrong with me?”

The doctor smiled as he looked into the eyes of Marcie and her husband.

He can’t be smiling if its cancer!  Marcie decided.

“Nothing that can’t be solved five months from now. You’re going to have a baby! Congratulations!”

Five months from then, Marcie’s baby bump came to life. She could eat again two scoops of ice cream a day, but all other parts of her body, life and future were entirely different. She became a mother, with not just one baby, but two. God smiled. Surprise! She was a mother of twins.

The twin boys grew to be strong, confident, men full of integrity, with much contribution to their families and others’ lives.

Solomon writes, “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. 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].

Today is the Sanctity of Life Sunday in churches across the nation. Celebrate and choose life! For the value of life to God and those blessed by children, sons and daughters, is clearly greater than rocky road ice cream.

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. She is author of several other books, including award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website,]