Children, Expectations, God's Grace, God's Promises, Pregnancy

God Will Have The Last Laugh

Mother’s Day just passed and once again I was blessed with the opportunity to bless my beautiful mom. She means the world to me and I always make the effort to show her how grateful I am that she is my mom.  I hope that every mother out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day and realizes how special she is in the eyes of God!

However, there are many women, like myself, who are not yet mothers.  They may be waiting for the husband, the dog, and the two kids, or perhaps they have the dog already.  They may be unable to have children or may have put off children due to career and now they hope to one day be able to have a family.  Maybe they are mothers who have lost children.  Whatever the reason, we are without children but are also special in God’s eyes.  I repeat what God has told me, “you are not forgotten.”

Maybe someone has laughed at you or approached you with bewilderment or maybe you have laughed at yourself or even God at the notion of one day finally becoming a mother because the world tells you your biological clock is ticking.  Maybe you and your husband have tried numerous times to get pregnant but the end result has ended in frustration, heartbreak, confusion, grief and hopelessness.  God has not forgotten you!

Sarah can testify to this!

He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord,[a] do not pass your servant by.   Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree.  Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”  “Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”  So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs[b] of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.”  Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it.   He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.   “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.  “There, in the tent,” he said.  Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”  Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.  Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.  So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”  Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’  Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”  Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”  But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.” (Gen 18:3-15 NIV)

Sarah was old y’all.  Her biological clock wasn’t even ticking, but God likes to show us He can do the impossible!  She even laughed at God when He told her that she would have a child.  Mine you, this wasn’t the first time God told Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child, and he laughed too.  Abraham fell facedown; he laughed…., the Bible actually says.  And before that incident, Sarah took matters into her own hands to try to solve her barrenness issues (read Genesis 16).  Let’s just say it was a mess. We all have tried to solve our own problems at one point or another, causing shipwreck.

But God!  His word does not return to Him void! Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.  Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.  Abraham gave the name Isaac[a] to the son Sarah bore him. (Genesis 21:1-3 NIV)

I said all of this only to say be patient, trust God, rehearse His Word to yourself, and remember His promises.  He doesn’t lie!  Everything you have lost, God will restore and give you twice as much as before if you do not faint.  Believe!  It may sound crazy and impossible to your flesh but nothing is impossible for God.  Believe!  Whatever you are trusting God for and if it is to be a mother, then God will make it happen according to His time, His perfect will and His way!  Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait till 90, but wait with joy and expectation!  Neither sit on the sidelines position-less and hopelessly nor disobey and get in God’s way.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being Mr. Impossible for nothing is impossible for You!  Thank You that You are mindful of us all and thank You for every mother, godmother, grandmother, stepmother, mother-in-law!  In Jesus name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to remember that God will have the last laugh!  I EMPOWER you to trust God and remember His promises to you!  I also EMPOWER you to acknowledge and honor your mother and your Heavenly Father who gives every mom that nurturing ability!  I also EMPOWER you to be a spiritual mother to someone out there; encourage, disciple and nurture someone in the Lord!

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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing or editing, she currently works for a Trio program helping high school students prepare for college. She loves to build people up through God’s Word, encouragement, mentoring, and her writing. In 2014, Tannika published her first book, a book of her poetry, titled Setting The Captive Free. She  also launched her Christian clothing and apparel brand called Fruitful & Fabulous, inspired by John 15:8. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

 

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Direction/Guidance, God's Protection, Prayer, Pregnancy

Lord, Teach Me What To Pray

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV)

The Lord’s Prayer is one of those things many of us learned at an early age. It ranks right up there with the 23rd Psalm and John 3:16. While it’s great to know, it’s even greater to understand why we know the Lord’s Prayer. As Jesus taught from a mountain side, He shared a model prayer with His disciples. Why did He share this model prayer? Because He knew just what we would need to survive in this world. He understood the recipe of a successful prayer life: Praise Prayers + Thanksgiving Prayers + Supplication Prayers + Repentance Prayers = Effective Prayers. Jesus gave us insight to how our Father in heaven would have us to pray. So if we are equipped with this information, why does it seem like so many of our prayers are ineffective and going unnoticed? After all, James 5:16 reminds us that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (NIV) Maybe, just maybe, we are not seeking God on what we should be praying. We may need to be petitioning the throne with the following request: ‘Lord, teach me what to pray’. I just recently learned this extremely valuable lesson…

As I spent family time with my mother, aunt and daughter last Tuesday afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised when I felt my body release a small gush of liquid. Being that I was 9 months pregnant I knew what that small gush of fluid meant—labor and delivery were on the horizon. I was beyond elated because I had been in serious prayer about that particular moment. I can’t even tell you how many times I had asked God to let my water break so that my body would go into labor on its own. I even had other people standing in agreement with me because I really needed it to happen that way. I was convinced that I needed it so badly because I hadn’t experienced my water breaking in my previous pregnancies and was ‘cheated’ in my birthing experience. However, it would later be revealed that I was consistently praying that as a result of another answered prayer that said, ‘Lord, teach me what to pray.’

After making it to the hospital and being admitted into the labor and delivery unit, the waiting game began as my body started the dilation process. By 4:00 am the next morning, my cervix had only dilated to 5 cm. The doctor wasn’t concerned at that point and neither was I. She exited the room, hopeful that when she checked the next time I would be nearly complete and ready to push my blessing into the world. Much to my dismay at 6:00 am all of our wonderful plans went awry. My nurse rushed in the room to adjust the monitoring system to get a more accurate heart rate for the baby. She was concerned because the baby’s heart rate had a huge deceleration. Unfortunately, after trying for nearly two minutes, the monitor showed no changes, indicating that the reading was in fact correct. At that precise moment, she pushed an emergency button and my room flooded with about 20 other health care professionals including my doctor. She proceeded to tell me that my baby’s heart rate had significantly dropped, signaling that the baby was in serious distress. The best option for both baby and myself would be an emergency cesarean section. I will spare you all of the emotional details, but understand that I was horrified beyond explanation. Everything was happening so fast. I couldn’t even gather my thoughts quick enough to process what was going on. Before I knew it, the anesthesiologist had put me to sleep. It wasn’t until I was awake and headed to recovery that I understood just how important my prayer of, ‘Lord, teach me what to pray’ really was.

The doctor explained that after opening me up it was discovered that my placenta had completely detached from my uterus. This rare complication, known as placental abruption, is extremely dangerous to the unborn baby because the placenta is the baby’s lifeline. When it detaches from the uterus, the baby’s oxygen supply is cut off. My baby girl’s life was in jeopardy and it was only by the grace of God and His answer to my prayer to teach me what to pray that she is here with us today.

As stated before, I prayed and prayed for my water to break so that I wouldn’t have to go past my due date and be artificially induced. However, God had me praying that prayer for a completely different reason. He knew that on morning of Wednesday, August 1, 2012 my placenta would separate from my uterus. He knew that if my water didn’t break, I would be at home in the bed at 6:00 am instead of in the hospital. He knew that I would have no way of knowing that my baby was in distress because I didn’t have the medical equipment necessary to monitor such changes. He knew just what I needed to ensure that little Miss Kai Harris could make her world debut. He knew what He had to do, but He also knew what I needed to do. Thank God that He answered my prayer and taught me what to pray!

Dear Daddy,

My prayer today is quite simple. Please teach me what (and how) to pray. I know that if You tell me what to pray, it will align with Your will for my life and come to pass. Then all of my prayers will be effective just as You intended. When I don’t know what to pray, please keep Your word and allow the Holy Spirit to intercede on my behalf. (Romans 8:26) Thank You for the avenue of prayer and for two-way communication. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to ask Him to teach you what to pray. He already knows what lies ahead on your path so why not allow Him to jumpstart your prayers of protection, repentance, supplication, etc. That prayer just may be the difference between life and death! After all, He can see if the oxygen supply is going to be compromised on something that you are trying to birth.

Do you have an example of God teaching you what to pray? Share your story with us in the comments.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Two Way Street

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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.

Jesus, Pregnancy

Being Pregnant Sucks!

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.

Dear Daddy,

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.”