I can remember the day I found out that I was expecting as if it were yesterday. Instantly I was feeling a lot of different emotions all at the same time–anxiety, happiness, fear and excitement.
Soon after, I began to have horrible heartburn and morning sickness, my feet began to swell and my appetite was no longer something I could control. I began to wonder if having a baby was for me. Each day I would grow more and more tired, and I can imagine less fun to be around. There seemed to be so much that I couldn’t do, which meant there were some friends and family that didn’t want to spend time with me the way we usually would. I wasn’t sure that I could endure nine months of the pain and suffering that I was experiencing, along with becoming bigger and bigger by the day. And to top it off, my son was overdue!
Forty-one weeks and eighty-two pounds later, I gave birth to a 9 lb 4 oz baby boy who I loved on the spot! I couldn’t believe that I was able to produce someone so precious, and the heartburn, weight gain and swollen feet were vague memories as I looked into his eyes…before I dozed off to sleep.
Recently, my feelings have been reminiscent of my pregnancy. On many days I find that I am a ball of mixed emotions, similar to when I learned that I was expecting. Naturally, my expectation was that things would only get better and easier. Then life started to happen. As I become more intent on living a life that is honorable and glories Christ in all ways, friends and family who aren’t ready or choose not to walk alongside me aren’t as interested in spending time as they have been in the past. As my appetite grows for the Word, and my spiritual hunger pains increase, I find a select few interested in being fed the things I want to eat.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19 KJV)
Do not be hesitant to receive anything new that God sees fit for you! Stand on His word and embrace His plan for your life.
Just like when I doubted the blessing of my pregnancy, I often doubt if I can live in way that is pleasing to Him every single day. Through His word, I am constantly reassured that it is ALL good!
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)
Maybe your emotions or thoughts of doubt are not reminiscent of a pregnancy. It could be the years of dedication that you have put into your job and never getting the promotion you deserve. Maybe it is the relationship that you were sure years ago would lead to marriage that has grown stagnant. It could even be the financial blessing you feel that you so deserve of because of how good a steward you are over your finances. Whatever it is that is causing your emotions, thoughts, or even surroundings to take you out of the will of God, take the power back! Speak the word into the situation, and have faith that it is ALL GOOD!
Yes, sometimes being pregnant sucks, but the reward that you receive at the end is well worth the pain and discomfort. When this journey is over and I get to look into the eyes of the One I have been waiting for all of my life, I will forget all the my mixed emotions once again.
Thank You for the peace that You have continued to bless me with as I continue to look to You for all things, and live a life that glorifies You before all else. I pray that I will continue to be strengthened by You to control my emotions and have faith that You are guiding me along this path according to Your plan. I thank You for Your word and the constant reminder that it is ALL GOOD! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you embrace that the fact that whatever God is taking you to and through is ALL GOOD! I EMPOWER you to live everyday full of the passion and purpose of coming face to face with the great I AM. Let nothing or no one convince you to compromise the priceless encounter that awaits you at the end of this journey.
Ms. Tiffany Huff is the devoted mother of two boys, a blogger, lover of food and travel, and aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for helping others live out their purposes. She is looking forward to growing in her walk and honoring God through sharing her EmpowerMoments. One of her meditation scriptures is Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”