I have finally reached 37 weeks (technically full term, eeek!), which means our third daughter should come sometime within the next few weeks. Words can’t explain how excited I am for this new chapter of our lives and how thankful I am that the Lord has blessed us with another child.
I haven’t always been thankful for children, in fact a few years ago I was very resentful about having them. I would tell my friends that I didn’t want any more and that I was “done!” The problem was not with my children though, I mean sure…. it was difficult having them 17 months a part and trudging through terrible twos with my oldest and sleepless nights with an infant simultaneously, but that truly wasn’t the problem, my heart was the problem. I had bought in to the lies of the world and begun to believe that I was wasting my time at home with kids while other women were out doing more important things like climbing career ladders or chasing their dreams. Boy am I glad the Lord has opened my eyes and changed my heart in such a big way! I am so thankful I never acted on that lie I had believed, that I never put my children in daycare to run off to do these perceived ”more important” things. There were many times I thought about it, and talked it over with my husband, but the Lord led us by His Word and we listened. I repented of my pathetic attitude towards my God-given role as wife and mom and care-taker of my home. My life has changed so much since then, my heart is in such a different place, and I have so much joy serving my family in my home.
I’m so thankful! I know that many women don’t have this option, and that others have bought in to the lies that I was believing and have acted on them and are missing out on this joy that only comes for a short time in our lives. These years that we can bear children and take care of them do go by quickly. Some times the days seem long, but the years truly do go by fast. I pray I will not take this time for granted, and that I will find joy in it, and that I will be faithful in caring for my family and teaching my children the truths in God’s Word all throughout our days together.
I want to ask you sweet readers to pray for me over the next few weeks. Here are a few things you can pray about for me, and I would greatly appreciate it!
1. My mother is going to Cleveland Heart Clinic March 4th and will be having a very serious open heart surgery. She will be there for a few weeks recovering. Because of how my due date falls (March 13) I may not be able to go up and be with her, which I am very sad about. I wish I could be there with her and with my dad and siblings as they all go through this. I know the Lord is with them though, and He is with me. He is sovereign over all of this, and I trust Him and His timing. Please be praying for my mom’s surgery to go well, that the Lord would heal her, that she would have a safe recovery, and most of all that she would be brought close to Him through this. That my family would look to Christ and not to our own wisdom and understanding.
2. Please pray for me in my labor and delivery. I have decided to have a natural un-medicated childbirth (I may talk about this decision in a future blog, but not right now.) With my first two daughters I had an epidural and was induced, I really didn’t even feel much of the labor. Because of this I do not even know what to expect. What I do know is that the Lord made the woman’s body to do this, and that He is more than enough to get me through it. Please just pray for peace and trust in Him throughout that process, and for safety for me and our little daughter on the way.
3. And please pray for our family as we grow from a family of 4 to a family of 5. It is a joyous time, but can also have stresses involved as many of you know. Please just pray for our hearts to remain focused on the Lord and to continue to rejoice in Him and live our lives for Him.
Thank you for your prayers! They are greatly appreciated!