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Pregnancy Devotional: Introductory Post

This is {hopefully} the inaugural post of an upcoming series of reflections that follows each week of pregnancy.

One semi-peaceful naptime while weathering the first trimester with my third child, I plopped down on the couch with the intention of spending a few moments of quiet devotional time with the Lord. I was queasy, exhausted, and still coming down from the frustrated hustle that was the daily lunchtime-into-naptime process with two kids under the age of 3. My soul was thirsty for encouragement and truth, yet I was too overwhelmed, distracted, and braindead to know where to start.

Albeit excited about this precious unknown living inside of me, the reality of growing, birthing, and caring for another small human weighed on my heart like a boulder. So, like a true millennial, I began scouring the internet in search of a pregnancy devotional. I wanted something short, gospel-focused, and mindful of the unique struggles and experiences that women face during those seemingly eternal nine months of growing a baby.

After wasting precious minutes of my quickly dissipating naptime solace, my search came up short. Everything I found felt too…well, shiny. Silhouettes of mothers lovingly cradling their perfectly round bellies, flowery titles printed in pastel pinks and blues, all speaking of the joy and gift and wonder of motherhood.

Don’t get me wrong, motherhood is indeed a wondrous gift full of indescribable joys. Solomon had it right when he said, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (Psalm 127:3). However, at 1pm on that particular weekday in May, I was not in the frame of mind to bask in that truth, nor any other embroidery-worthy Proverb. In fact, I frequently found myself in that place: possessing neither the energy nor the softness of heart to conjure up the posture of faith and the gratitude that felt necessary in order to engage with a devotional about the blessing of motherhood.

So, two years after my third daughter entered the world, along came the brainchild that is this project: a devotional geared toward that miraculous, yet often anxiety-ridden journey of pregnancy. One that doesn’t pull punches on the messy and scary side of pregnancy which seemed to encompass the majority of my day to day experience.

You see, if we have a God whose love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things,” (1 Corinthians 13:7), then we are free to come before Him honestly and openly with our fear, our pain, our hurt, and our disappointment. In fact, we must bring those things to Him if we ever expect to find healing and rest.

God did not need me to conjure up an instagram-worthy devotional during that weary weekday naptime. I did not need to procure the gusto to acknowledge the miracle that He was accomplishing inside my womb. The Spirit could do that. Instead, He just wanted me, in my nauseated heap on that couch, to turn to Him in my need and allow Him to lift my heart and my mind to the heights of hope and gratitude that felt so far off that day.

That is my hope in this series: that it will serve as a daily prompt in allowing the Spirit to carry you from those places of weariness and worry into the rest and security that can only be found in Christ.

My biggest fear in putting this devotional together is that its readers would not be met in the place that they are for their pregnancy. Every person enters into expectant motherhood from a totally different place — some are pining for a child, others are blindsided by an unwanted pregnancy; some are miserable while pregnant, others love every second of it.

While my pregnancy journey may be different from yours, the one thing that unites us on this journey is Christ and His Word. Our need for the Savior is a desperate one, and motherhood seems to have a special way of highlighting that reality. So, whether my feeble writing is relatable to your situation or rubs you the wrong way, I am confident in the fact that we have a God whose Spirit and whose Word meets you exactly where you are. Whether you are entering pregnancy from a place of joy, dread, fear, or ambiguity, press into Him and know that He sees you and is providing for your daily needs.

Published by juliedavis1013

Wife of 1. Mom of 3. Daughter of the King.

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