All Things Were Created Through Him and For Him
I have been wanting to share with you for some time now a glimpse into the first trimester of this second pregnancy. And now that we are into the second trimester, I suppose I’d better share now before I forget all of anything I can remember.
I prayed and prayed and prayed long before I was pregnant a second time that I would not be sick like I was with Leland. That time sick with Leland was a good time for me, and for me before the Lord. But I just so wanted to be able to spend time with and enjoy Leland if the Lord ever blessed us again with another pregnancy, with another baby. And, I must say, the Lord has answered our prayers! I have been tired, but not sick! I have felt little funny waves of whatever, but nothing like before. Yep, I love simple carbs right now. And yep, I cannot ever think about what to eat until I need to eat RIGHT NOW. But friend, I’ll take it! And I’m so grateful to the Lord.
Another prayer request that I had went something like this – Oh Lord if it at all possible, if you don’t mind either way, could I experience the first trimester of a second baby when Leland still takes two naps each day?
It’s a little prayer, but a significant one, I know you moms know.
And bless the Lord, oh my soul, if I have not been able to somedays enjoy two naps and plenty of restful time while Leland sleeps twice a day. Truly, praise God from whom all blessings flow.
That’s not to say that it’s been a blissful cakewalk, but at the same time, it has. This pregnancy, this baby, is completely appointed by the sovereign Lord. And sure, I have had emotional day. And yes ma’am, I’ve had to die to myself and to my expectations of wonderful-ness again and again. Crumbs remain on the floor; tasks, undone.
The Lord is teaching me…
1. Rachel, I AM most important. Goodness, yes, Lord.
2. Tyler is to come next.
3. Leland is next.
Again and again the Lord reminds me, relationships are the most important. Not to do lists. Not cleaning up messes and feeling accomplished in things that will truly never be finished (like laundry and really, all housework).
Welcoming Tyler into a home where his wife is rested (but the house is a bit mussed) is better.
Loving Leland and holding onto him, caring for him (rather than running around crazy) is better.
The people that live in your home are your mission field, your precious gifts from Me, your life.
And again and again, the Lord so sweetly, slowly whispers to me His love. So I hear it and I give myself time to respond.
Thank you, Lord, for being slow to anger and quick to show me your everlasting, un-ending, un-faltering love.
Thank you for growing life in me. Thank you that YOU are LIFE.
Colossians 1 reads (remember Colossians is one of my all-time favorite favorites),
“…all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (v. 16-17)
Thank you that it’s YOU. That you create. sustain. hold together. hem in. supply. provide. love. nourish. guide. give.
And here’s to the second trimester, that You have perfectly ordained.