This Week’s #DevotingMothers Devotional: Anticipation

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ANTICIPATION

I don’t think there’s a better word to sum up pregnancy than “anticipation”. It’s the hope of what’s to be; the expectation of what’s to come and the realization of a change in advance of it’s actual arrival. The entire nine months of waiting is full of an anticipation bigger and better than counting down to the New Year. Are we pregnant, or aren’t we? How will our loved ones respond to the news? Will baby be healthy? How will my labor unfold? Will we be good parents?  What will my little one grow up to be?

Dear momma (and daddy too) please savor the anticipation. Allow yourself to dream a little of what is to come, while putting your trust in our Loving Father for the right now, as well as the tomorrows.

What are you most anticipating right now?

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Savor

“Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life… You’re cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what’s coming.”                                                                            Nicholas Sparks

Is waiting in anticipation a joy for you?

 

Pray

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Thank you God for providing me with the gift of time to prepare my heart and mind for our baby’s arrival. I get restless; want to be further along than I am, and long for the future when my baby is in my arms. Help me to remember that You know the perfect timing for everything. Please don’t let me waste today wishing it away for tomorrow. Instead, let me delight in today’s gifts from You. Thank you for creating me with an imagination that can allow me to anticipate things to come. For You are a Good Father and I cherish all that you have given, as well as what is to come.       Amen.

 

Reflection

Anticipation isn’t always positive. I volunteer at a Pregnancy Resource Center and am with many clients who are waiting for the results of their pregnancy test with baited breath. For those brief moments, the anticipation of a positive or negative test result is palpable.

Maybe your past experience has given you every reason to anticipate a miscarriage, or the doctors have told you to anticipate a child with special needs, or severe morning sickness has caused you to anticipate another day of feeling depleted and worn. Maybe your anticipation is waning as you wait one more day past your due date and still labor doesn’t begin. It might be that you are waiting on your child to sit up, walk, talk or make eye contact and it’s just not happening.  It’s in these times when we must give it over to our Father in Heaven and pray. That’s not all we can do. That’s the best we can do.

I don’t know the plans you have for me, Lord. I don’t understand and don’t know if I ever will, but I know that You are good. Help me to let go of all of my human expectations and only anticipate that You are here with me. You do show up. You will not let me fall further than your grasp.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Is the anticipation of something you are struggling with challenging you? You are not alone. How can we pray for you?

 

Remember

Whether you feel the “excited, can’t wait” type of anticipation, or the “oh, no – this can’t be” feeling of dread as you anticipate today, know that God can be trusted. He can take both the celebrations, as well as the most difficult moments in life, and redeem them all for His glory and your benefit.

image“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” Jeremiah 17:7

“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

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