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Each weekday on our FaceBook page you’ll find a prayer, reflection, or Bible verse centered around a weekly word. Each Friday we will share the recap of our FB posts here on our blog. Our hope is that we band together to devote our pregnancies, birth experiences and parenting to God our creator.
We want this to be a place for all of us to share our hearts, thoughts, blessings and challenges. Please comment and share so that we can together benefit from becoming #devotingmothers.
“Making the decision to have a child—it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.” -Elizabeth Stone
A baby changes everything. A cliche for sure, but so true. There’s no other experience in life that stretches you in every way – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. So this week we will focus on that stretch – the good, the bad, the ugly, and the down right amazing!
A woman’s body does some incredible things during pregnancy! It is stretched to capacity – the growing baby physically taxing a momma’s body – actually causing a woman’s heart to shift in location, generate a 30-50% increase in blood volume, and grow an entirely new organ (the placenta). The physical marks of this tremendous growth often mar a woman’s body, leaving her with stretch marks.
We don’t usually love our stretch marks, but today, think about them in a new way and be thankful. You, momma, played a significant part in helping God bring new life to your precious child. There’s beauty in those marks. Proof that God has taken you on a journey. That He gave you the honor of being your child’s mom.
A mark for every breath you took,
one for every blink, every sleepy yawn.
One for every time you sucked your thumb
waved hello, closed your eyes,
and slept in the most perfect darkness.
One for every dream you dreamed with me.
…It isn’t very pretty anymore
Some may even think it’s ugly
It was your home.
It held you until my arms could
and for that
I will always find something beautiful in it.
– Cassie Fox
No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4: 12
Our babies grow from microscopic to almost ten pounds while living within our bellies. As they make amazing strides in growth, so do we. We gain the weight and put on pounds like never before. We watch in amazement as our skin stretches so much in those last few weeks that we can literally see a foot kick or fingers reach.
We stretch our hearts too. We can’t see it as visibly as our growing belly and widening hips, but our heart swells for this new little person we haven’t even met. And that heart stretch, well it continues long after our belly’s return to their former size (maybe a bit softer and rounder than before). Let this new love stretch you, as God does His work in you.
Thank you for making me a mom. Allow me to love how you’ve stretched me. To be unashamed in my imperfection. For my stretch marks show the sacrifice I make for love. Continue to shape me not in the image of this world, but in Your image.
In Jesus’ name,
Society may see me as flawed and imperfect, but to my child, I’m all that I need to be.