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Weekly Devotions

Week 1- The Life Giver

Scripture:

Isaiah 42:5

…He who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it.

Reflection:

Most likely you do not even know that the Lord is beginning to breath life into your womb.  Women usually don’t know at all until at least a few weeks in.  Unlike Mary, we do not get divine angel appearances declaring the glorious blessing of being with child.  Yet nonetheless, there God is, knitting together a wonderfully made baby boy or girl.

I have a dear friend who, at the time of writing this reflection, is not walking with the Lord.  She is six weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy and in the past supported those she knows who opted to abort their unwanted pregnancies.  Recently she shared with me, “I love my friends and cannot judge, but now that I have experienced life forming inside of me, I could never agree with abortion again.  I just know that her (the baby’s) life began at once.”  Experiencing God creating a living human being inside your body, His workmanship, is the closest to creation we will ever be.

The scripture teaches us of this creation not only in Genesis Chapter 1-2, but John 1:3 says that everything that has come into being has come though Christ.  Psalm 139 declares that His eyes have seen our unformed substance and in His book were written all the days planned for us before one day was even lived.

These truths are also for the babies yet to be! How glorious it is to understand that the Lord of creation already knows our children before they are even formed and the length of their days are in His hand.

Response:

Take some time to reflect on the wonder of creation.  Praise the Lord for what He is doing in your life.  Share with Him any hopes or fears you may have about this new season and embrace His love for you.

Wisdom for the journey: Breath and life come from God.

Week 2- The Provider

Scripture:

Psalm 37:25-26

I was young and now I am old,

yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken

or their children begging bread.

They are always generous and lend freely;

their children will be blessed.

Reflection:

Stepping into the season of pregnancy can bring a flood of questions about the unknown.  The question that weighs heaviest on my heart is “how are we going to be able to provide for this child?”  Baby items alone are so expensive.  Can we give this child the life it needs?

As I explore this insecurity with other parents, many of them encourage me with the voice of understanding.  They felt the same way.  Yet none of their children are ever without their needs being met.  They may not wear Gucci or Prada, but they do have clothes and food.

A while back I visited with a missionary friend who lives in my town.  She confided in me her desire for a crib for her daughter.  When I located an opportunity for her to receive one she said, “wow.  God loves Kiera.” (her daughter).  Yes.  God certainly loves all those He creates!  God loves us and He loves the children He gives us to raise in Him.

Psalm 37:25-26 brings me much comfort in this area of provision.  He never saw the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.  So, we too, can have confidence that as we live righteously before the Lord, He will meet our needs and the needs of the little ones He entrusts us to love.

Response:

Praise the Lord for His faithfulness in providing us with our every need.  Share with Him any fears you may have of providing for the child in your womb.  Ask Him to teach you to trust Him in this area.

Wisdom for the Journey:

God will provide for our needs as we live for Him.

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