This Week’s #Devotingmothers Devotional: Rhythm

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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.

Rhythm

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot…
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

We are creatures of habit aren’t we? We live best when life has a steady, dependable rhythm. When we get off beat, it rattles our soul. Both good and bad can mess with our rhythm. I think that’s why having a baby is so disrupting. Having a baby is a beautiful blessing wrapped in feelings of chaos and inadequacy.

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Reflection

…a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance…
Ecclesiastes 3:3-4

A baby can bring weeks or months of sleepless nights, painful recovery, and precious little free time to even catch your breath. But then, there are the moments mixed in that bring you to your knees in gratitude. You now love so strong that it scares you.

Give yourself grace and time to heal and build this new little family. For there will be plenty of laughter and dancing as your family grows. For now, in these early days with your new baby, enjoy learning a new rhythm without any other expectations.

 

Question

…a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away…
Ecclesiastes 3: 5-6

Pregnancy and early parenting is just a natural time to reevaluate. Am I living as I should? Am I becoming who I want to be? Where are my priorities? What plans does God have for me?

Take this time – this break in your normal rhythm – to ask the questions, search your heart, and pray for direction.

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Reflection II

…a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3: 7-8

Labor contractions have a wave-like rhythm. There are strong ups and downs. Peaks and valleys bringing forth surges of pain, followed by momentary relief. The reality is that you can’t complete labor without strong contractions. Your body needs to do some extremely hard work and your mind must accept it, or labor won’t continue, and your baby won’t safely be born. Sure, we can mask the pain, but it’s still there, doing it’s necessary work.

Life has similar rhythm. And we are best served when we accept that reality and don’t try to always mask the pain. Ride the waves as they come and ask God to join you in the midst of life’s joys and sorrows. It’s in our work beside Our Holy Father where we will truly find our rest and relief.

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Remember

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, gives us each the invitation to live by a rhythm of grace; free and light. Read His words. Really take them in and meditate on His offering to you, my friend.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-29 (The Message)

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