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There were 2 scriptures that stuck out to me this morning during my devotional time:

Luke 6:45

45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Philippians 2:14

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing..

This weekend has been a huge challenge for me! I have been very uncomfortable with this pregnancy from the daily aches and pains to the thoughts running through my mind as I sit on bedrest. At times, it is hard to believe that I am here again. When I had my son, I was placed on bedrest for preterm labor at 24 weeks, however I never expected that during a second pregnancy I would be told to “take it easy” starting at 12 weeks. I have been trying to take it a day at a time, but it is NOT EASY. These scriptures help to remind me I need to take some time out and reflect on how I can do some deep spiritual housekeeping….cleaning out my heart. Within my heart is worry, concern, and fear about what the future holds. Will our baby be healthy? Will I be able to carry to full term? Will I have to go through the rest of the pregnancy in pain? Will we be able to handle everything financially?

I notice that when there is fear in my heart, it tends to pour out of my mouth; I am not as confident in the way that I speak, I am not a energetic about my normal responsibilities, my thoughts are negative and discouraged. However, I know that if I think about good thoughts, good things will come out of my mouth as a result.

I must do my best to not complain, remember that this situation is only temporary, and continue to believe that all the pain that I am going through will be all worth it when I get to see the beautiful little baby that God is growing!

Do you have any words of encouragement?

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