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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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23a
So we come to faithfulness. The ability to believe in the reality of God and trust in Him for everything. The Bible talks about God’s faithfulness to us, but we are talking about our faithfulness towards Him.
I can be faithful when life is going smoothly, when my carefully orchestrated plans are fulfilled, when I feel safe, secure, and heard. It’s when life goes lopsided that my true faith is revealed. It’s in these dark, confusing, restless, unknown times in my life that I chose to say, “In God I trust.” My faith will most likely not bring a quick fix, a genie-in-a-bottle result, or a happily ever after ending. I may be just as confused, hurt, or disappointed, but I will not be alone. I have My Creator and Father feeling my pain beside me as His fruit of faithfulness blossoms within me.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Matthew 6:10
There is an absolutely beautiful new song out that captures faithfulness far better than mere words. The song was written by Hillary Scott, of the band Lady Antebellum, after she experienced a miscarriage. She and her family have a new album which includes “Thy Will,” based on her experience. She says after she lost her baby, heartbroken and upset, these words kept coming to her, “Thy will be done.”
The lyrics, “I know You see me, I know You hear me Lord,” perfectly describe faithfulness that comes from abiding in God’s Spirit.
I’ve experienced miscarriage too. It’s devastating. In those hours, days, weeks, and even months after, I found that there was no comfort beyond knowing that God was with me. It still hurts, there’s still questions, there’s still disappointment and even physical pain, but you are not alone and God knows you.
If you haven’t already, take a listen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp4WC_YZAuw
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurence about what we do not see.
How I want to live by faith! Help me to have confidence in You far beyond anything or anyone else. Let me depend on You before my own abilities or self will. Remind me to turn to your book of wisdom before any other book on what to expect while expecting. Help me to seek comfort in You before friends, family and even my spouse. Make Your assurance a stronger comfort to me than any ultrasound, test, or physician’s opinion.
For I have the hope that You provide. You love me, You want relationship with me, and You work within me even when I don’t fully understand Your plans.
For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
Having a child is one big faith building exercise. You lose control on so many levels. There’s only so much you can do to get pregnant, and once you are carrying a child, your body is no longer your own. You can’t predict if, and when, you’ll be nauseous and tired. The start of your labor is a mystery, as is if the event will take place in a matter of hours or days. Maybe you will get a baby who loves to sleep, or a fussy little guy. Will breastfeeding be easy right from the start or have a steep learning curve?
Coming from a control freak, I’m not saying it’s easy to live by faith- I want to know and see with my own eyes-but what’s the alternative? You can approach it all in a spirit of faith or fear. An attitude of having to know it all and striving for perfection; or a peace that comes from admitting your inadequacy and giving it up to a God who provides according to His ways.