It’s May 1. When I found out I was pregnant, Aaron and sat down and looked at all we would have going on near our due date. It was a lot. Our church’s 10-yr celebration weekend, including an open house, birthdays, our 7th anniversary, Mother’s Day, and our denomination’s annual conference, on top of all the daily work and tasks. Not only were all these things on the horizon, there was a lot of preparation we had to do in order for these things to happen. We decided that we needed to set a goal to have as much as possible prepared for Kasen’s arrival by the beginning of May, so that when the busyness really hit, we wouldn’t be in anxiety overdrive.
Didn’t happen. Guess who is in anxiety overdrive? This girl, and I know Aaron is just as overwhelmed by the church and also wanting to give his best at home. I know neither of us was planning on me being sick for much of the pregnancy, and it just has not helped.
I was up late last night for multiple reasons, like heartburn, uncomfortableness, and also I could not shut my mind down with all the things we still need to do to prepare for Kasen, get the house ready, and again, just stay on top on everyday tasks.
I’m still dealing with this sinus infection which has sidelined me for the past few days, and this morning was not looking bright. The anxiety had not diminished overnight, so as I sat down to do my devotion, I simply prayed that God would give me a few moment’s peace. He did that and more. Ask and you shall receive, right?
Here are a few of the things God led me to either during my devotion or right after that have helped carry me through the day so far. I turned on the satellite Christian station to let God sing over me, calm my soul, as I surfed the web of His grace. It is truly enough for today.
From my devotion at Girlfriends in God by Sharon Jayne: “Her lamp does not go out at night…” (Proverbs 31:18 NIV).
“As mothers in the twenty-first century, we are tempted to meet every need that comes our way. But our primary job is to love the Lord, love our husbands, and nurture our children. All the other needs that scream for our attention, though they are noble, must wait until we take care of our families first.
Dear Lord, Thank You for this family that You have given me. I pray that I will be careful to take care of their needs before the needs of others who scream for my attention. Help me to be a woman with a balanced life: God first, husband second, children third. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
I’m working on that balanced life!
From a creative and busy mom at Busy Bliss blog and her post on 50 Ways to Show Your Husband You Love Him:
“I think it is so easy for us women to have such busy and stretching days as full-time moms (and/or full-time work/school) that we sometimes have little energy or patience when we see our husbands. I created this post to offer some helpful ideas to SHOW MORE LOVE, since this is our MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP! Plus, children crave knowing that their parents love each other.”
She has compiled a fabulous list of fun and creative ideas from simple to spontaneous to shower some extra love on the hubs. I know Aaron could use it, and as Words of Affirmation are one of his love languages,
I gave the idea of sending an unexpected text a shot.
And some Scripture to think on through the day:
“In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” (Psalm 18:6)
“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11)
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” (Psalm 55:22)
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” (Psalm 94:19)
“Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands are my delight.” (Psalm 119:143)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” (Proverbs 12:25)
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:25-27)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
The words fill my soul with peace. The music seeps into my senses and swirl in harmonious sound. I feel the anxiety slowly fade as His grace overcomes me. It is enough.
What is seeing you through today?