I’m Pregnant!!!

Can you believe a new life is forming inside of you? New life is amazing and always captivates us. Just think about the new things each season brings like winter’s fresh snow, spring’s blooming flowers, or falls changing leaves. What about the a sunrise or little puppies and kittens that make you ohh and ahh? New life in any form is always exciting.

With a new life forming inside of you it probably makes you wonder where it all started. Some people call the author of life Mother Nature. The idea of Mother Nature is very general and hard to pin down since there is little written proof of her. Many believe in the Creator, God, who authors all new life. God even goes so far as to take credit for every thing in a book called Genesis that states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This gives us written proof that God fashions and continues to produce life.

So, what do you think? Who do you think creates life?

New Life is a Miracle

When we think of babies we can agree this is a miraculous expression of new creation. Whether this is your first or fifth baby it is always a thrill to watch life arrive. What can compare to the cry of a newborn taking his or her first breath. God actually described the newborn while still in the womb: “You covered me in my mothers womb. My frame was not hidden from you. Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed.”

Does it surprise you that God sees your baby being formed?

How wonderful to think that you have been chosen by God to hold this precious life inside of you. You have even had a personal and divine encounter with God at the conception of your baby. This passage talks about that encounter. “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13

God knew before time that you would be pregnant with this baby and He loves you both more than we as humans can understand.

Growth and Development

All living things do not grow on their own accord, they need help. Babies need milk, animals, regardless of size, seek food daily, and vegetation requires water and sunlight. The principle of growth is essential to survival. Webster defines growth as “a gradual development toward maturity.”

Your baby’s growth is closely monitored by the nurse-midwife at the center. The foods you eat and the lifestyle choices that you are making now will affect your baby’s growth and development. Be careful to follow the counsel of your nurse-midwife to assure a healthy newborn. Think about these questions and try to find areas you can improve.

How healthy am I? Am I skipping a lot of meals? Are the foods I am drawn to healthy? How many green foods do I get each week? Am I taking prenatal pills daily?

When you were growing up you may have been introduced to some form of religious education. Your family may have taken you to a weekly event because they though that it was important. Each time you attended you were expected to grow in knowledge about your religion. Did you know there is a big difference between religious education where you learn facts about God and a personal relationship with God?

It is not enough just to know the facts about God. It is His desire to have a one-on-one relationship with you. God has taken every step necessary for that relationship to begin. These steps required a major sacrifice. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Begotten Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Can you imagine giving your child to a world of people who don’t all believe or care about you? That is God’s love for us. He sent Jesus to give himself willingly for our wrongdoings so that we could have a relationship with Him.

Becoming a parent helps you to get a glimpse of that kind of love. Your child means so much to you that you would even die to protect him/her. Jesus did that very thing to have a relationship with all who believe in Him.

What do you believe?

If you are a Christian, are you striving towards maturity in the spiritual sense? Some Christians fail to thrive because they come to a crossroads that would require change in order to continue. Some are angry with God about someone or something and others just don’t want to grow. All areas of our life need to grow to continue to be healthy.

Relationships

The relationship that you will establish with your baby will be similar to, or the opposite of, relationships you have now. You will actually bring what you know and have experienced about relationships into the relationship with your baby. You will do this consciously and unconsciously. You may have already told a friend, “I will never do that with my baby” or “When I have a baby ….. ” Needless to say, you already have done a lot of thinking about your relationship with your baby.

Fathers play an important role in the emotional development of healthy girls, teens, and mothers-to-be. An absent father or unhealthy relationship can leave a permanent emotional scar. A long-term unhealthy father/daughter relationship can eventually lead to poor choices about men along the way. It can also reduce her desire to have a relationship with God, the heavenly Father. Her thinking about her earthly father may be something like this, ” Well he was never was around when I was growing up” or “he never once said he loved me” or, “where was he when I needed him?” Such thinking (which may be accurate about an earthly father) may lead you to think the same about the heavenly Father; that would be inaccurate. Your earthly father is not a clone of your heavenly Father.

Have you ever connected your earthly father with God. the heavenly Father?

God, the heavenly Father, wants to love you unconditionally. comfort you in difficult times. call you His daughter, and offer you hope. Here are some passages that describe this relationship.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” ~ 2 Corinthians 6:18

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ~ James 1:17

Consider this list of things to help promote growth in your spiritual diet:

• Read a devotional book written especially for expecting moms

• Listen to worship music in the car or at home like 90.5 FM or 88.1FM

• Write in a spiritual journal

• Sit and quietly reflect on God’s goodness and His many blessings in your life

• Purchase a Christian CD, video or DVD

• Go to a Christian concert

• Visit a Christian bookstore

• Read the Bible starting in psalms or proverbs or chose a daily Bible reading plan

• Check out a Christian biography from a church library

• Pray with a friend

• Visit a new church

Gifts and Promises

Do you get excited about buying gifts for your new baby? Whether clothes or a crib we find it a joy to give gifts to those we love so much. especially a newborn. Baby showers are one of the best times for an expecting mommy. The gifts others give are their way of showing love. Gifts are not only shown by material things. We can also give gifts of love.

What gifts of love are you planning on giving your baby?

Taking special care of the baby by researching the best ways to feed. clothe. and bathe the baby are all gifts. Giving them your time and patience are other gifts of love. God gives us gifts too. His gifts are promises. He has written promises to you as a reminder of His love and faithfulness. Here are several promises – pick out some you need right now:

To My Dearest Daughter. …..

“Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” ~ I Peter 5:7

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ~ John 14:27

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Tim 1:7

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their cry. The righteous cry out and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their trouble.” ~ Psalm 34: 15, 17

“The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want.” ~ Psalm 23:1

“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble: and He knows those who trust in Him.” ~ Psalm 107:19

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and minds through Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7

Consider cutting out some of these scriptures and posting them as regular reminders of His promises to you.

Which passages have meaning for you today and why? Which is your favorite?

God created and loves each and everyone of us. but not all of us are His children. He gave each of us the right to decided for ourselves. If we want to be a part of His family He will welcome us. God the Father has an open-door adoption plan.

You may be asking yourself how God arranged for such an adoption to take place. and what did it cost? The truth is the adoption does not cost you anything – but it cost Him the death of His only Begotten Son. Remember John 3:16? For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. This verse is central to the truth that God the Father loved you so much that He allowed His only Son to make the complete payment for your adoption, signing His own name in blood on the adoption papers.

Here is how the adoption works from Gods prospective. God invites you to become a daughter of His. He wants you to acknowledge your sin (Romans 3:23), accept what Jesus did on the cross for you (Romans 5:10-12), and ask for His leadership in your life (Romans 10: (3)

Have you made this decision? Is there any reason you could not do this today?

Once you are a child of God, the adoption papers are sealed and you are forever His. Our success here on earth is directly related to our willingness to live our lives as dependent, not independent children of God. God wants a relationship with you. He wants you to seek His counsel, to ask Him the hard questions and stay in a relationship with him daily.

As you become a parent, you will need someone to turn to for help and support. Jesus is that person who gives perfect help and guidance.

Making An Impact

Having babies is a big responsibility. You will be their major role model and they will look to you to develop their foundation in life. As a parent you have a great influence on them from the very beginning. It is overwhelming to think that one person will have such a great influence on another human being. Your words, tone of voice, the people with whom you associate, the places you go, the books you read to your child, and the
opinions offered for little ears to hear, will all matter.

How call I impact my baby’s future for good?

Here are a few suggestions

• Believe the best about your child and be their biggest fan.

• Love them unconditionally and pray for them often.

• Mean what you say and say what you mean.

• Introduce them to real heroes.

• Model morality and tell them the truth.

• Establish a strong work ethic.

• Read the Bible to them.

• Help them learn from their failures.

• Encourage them without expecting anything in return.

• Introduce them to the best books, music, and education available.

• Listen to them.

• Give them problem solving skills that work.

So, if you are the one person that will have the greatest impact on your child, who or what will you impact you?

God wants to be included in your life. influence who you associate with. and sway how you make your choices. Bobbie-Jean Merck once said, “We can influence others as much as God influenced us.” Think about these ways to allow God to have the biggest influence over your life.

• Come to trust God as someone who has vested interest in your life and the life of your child.

• Seek God’s counsel over the counsel of friends of family.

• Stay plugged into the things of God.

• Ask God to help you in the little things as well as the big decisions in life.

Expectations

Life is about perspective. It has a lot to do with trying to balance human expectations with spiritual insight. Like your pregnancy, you had certain expectations at the beginning. Some of your expectations were right on, while others were off base.

The thing about expectations is that by definition you expect a certain outcome. In your head you may have already thought about and concluded how things are supposed to be.

Some people have expectations about what they think God should be like. It is easy to create a ‘to do’ list for God. When God does not do things their way they are left feeling disappointed or angry with God and some decide to eliminate God from their lives altogether.

A very hard thing to understand is that God is under no obligation to do things our way. God may have another agenda then ours and since He is all knowing, all powerful, and all present. He will have a more accurate view of things.

So, what can a person expect from God? You can expect Him to act in your best interest, and for His glory. Your heavenly Father has a blueprint for your life and your baby’s life. Your baby will soon learn to trust you and God wants you to trust Him, too. Overtime, God will prove Himself to be a trustworthy heavenly Father.

Soon, you will saying to your child, “Just trust me, I am your mommy. I know what is best for you.” You can expect God to say the same thing to you – “Trust me. I am your heavenly Father.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make your paths straight.”

What does this verse have to do with expectations?

When some of your expectations did not line up with reality, how did you respond?

What expectations do you have about your labor and delivery?