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.
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Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Congress permanently established the fourth Thursday of each November as a national holiday in 1941, but our country’s founding fathers have been setting aside a time for thanks to God from the beginning.
This national value comes from the recognition that all we have is derived from God. In times of peace and plenty, as well as times of war and strife, we should pause and express our gratitude to God. It is true for a nation as well as each of us individually. For even when hardship is all we seem to face, we can give thanks for the breath of life.
“The things you take for granted someone else is praying for.”
The nausea from a growing baby is a gift for the woman who can’t conceive.
The seemingly endless hours of labor and pushing is a gift for the mother giving birth in a cold and sterile surgical suite.
The sleepless nights rocking a crying baby is a gift for the couple who labored to birth a still newborn taken from their arms much too soon.
The chaos of back to work is a gift for the couple who can’t find employment and wonders how diapers and groceries will be purchased this week.
The isolation and long days of staying at home with littles is a gift for the momma who cries in her cubicle as she pumps yet again instead of nuzzles her baby.
We all do it. Take blessings for granted. Compare. Envy the gifts others have been given.
Today, chose to be thankful.
I call on you to help me be thankful in the times of celebration, as well as the times of discomfort and uncertainty. On my own, I’m quicker to complain than rejoice. I ask “why me?” at the slightest inconvenience, instead of asking “why me?” when I’m showered with many blessings.
I believe the false message of the world that I deserve only favor; I credit myself for the good things in my life instead of seeing all that you provide. I blame others, as well as You, when hardships come. On my own – with my limited human perspective – an attitude of thanks doesn’t come naturally.
Jesus – You were fully human too. Help me to see the true reality within which we live and be thankful. Thankful that although I don’t have all I want; I have just what I need. Thankful that discomfort and pain can be redeemed by You and draws me closer. Thankful that You died for us so that we can have relationship. Thankful that once I say “yes” to You, I will have a forever home in eternity where perfection will reign.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Being thankful doesn’t mean that we don’t have concerns, worries or hardships. A thankful spirit doesn’t mean that our prayers to God are all sugary sweet. Be real with God – sharing with Him your struggles, doubts and disappointments. Our Creator is all knowing so you aren’t hiding anything from Him. When you feel nauseous from the morning sickness, or depleted from a baby who seems to constantly be breastfeeding, God can be your confidante and lifeline. He sees you and knows your pain. He understands your struggle. He knows your heart that feels simultaneous overwhelming love and frustration for this little new life. Your husband, your mom, your bestie can all help to be a sounding board and support system, but it’s your Lord that can fill you up like no other.
When you are truly thankful, the world you live in changes. Not in reality, but in your perspective.