May 23rd is drawing nearer and nearer every passing day. I have a sense of joy and stress all at the same time. haha. I am doing my best to get everything i can in order at our house for baby Adam's arrival. Luckily, my mom is on spring break next week, so she is going to help me clean, organize, and set up all the baby stuff. I know i have time, but i am a huge planner and organizer...this will soothe me. haha.
During all of the hustle and bustle that comes along with preparing to have a baby, we tend to over look what is really important. More important than being stocked up on diapers, more important than having the laundry caught up, even more important than a full night's sleep....praying for your unborn child.
I have to admit, when i have time (which usually isn't much) to myself, lately i have been either doing housework or relaxing/napping. Which is fine...i need to take advantage of that while i can! But i also need to take advantage of already "being" there for my baby....by praying for him.
I had found the book "Praying For Your Unborn Child" on our bookshelf the other day. I can't remember who i had gotten from when i was pregnant with James. Anyway, i decided to open it up and check it out.
From reading this book, i have found that i really need to entrust my kids to the Lord...daily. I think i have, and then i realize i take it back. haha. God showed me that He loves me MORE than i love my own kids. Crazy. I think to myself there is no possible way...i love my sons so much that i would do anything for them. Then i realized, God already has done everything for me. It was a mind blowing realization for me.
I know that the Lord hears my prayers - my life is living proof of that. SO why wouldn't i pray about the things that are most important to me? And not only that, to have a little baby growing inside of me...still growing...still waiting to be born....isn't that the perfect time to start praying for our kids? Before they are overwhelmed by what life actually is?
I know there is controversy to how much babies in the womb actually feel - emotion, pain, etc. I believe they feel and experience a lot more in the womb then we think.
"John the Baptist, only in his sixth month in Elizabeth's womb, responded with a leap to the presence of Jesus (Luke 1:41-44)...Not only did John the Baptist sense Jesus' presence, but even at that age, he responded emotionally, with joy! Psychologists now corroborate what Luke describes: your unborn child can respond to you emotionally. He can feel love, fear, rejection and joy. Already, floating in your womb, he is beginning to love life, or, on the other hand, is starting to fear life."
In the book they shared a true story about a 17 year old girl who had a baby...who seemed healthy at the time. A while after the baby was born, he began to throw up blood...and continued to do so until he died. The doctors found out that the baby had ulcers (which adults would normally have). The only explanation was that the baby was stressed. Outside of the womb, his 17 year old mom was abandoned by her parents and lived with an abusive boyfriend...so her life was very stressful and resulted in her baby being stressed.
That just made me not only want to make my home more peaceful but myself more peaceful. Lets face it, as mothers or mom's to be, we are constantly worrying about our little ones safety and state of being. The best thing that we can do for our little ones and ourselves is to go to the Lord.
This does not mean that our kids won't face hard times or sickness..."His peace transcends all understanding..."
Worrying and being stressed out is draining physically and emotionally.
"And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the [a]span of his life?" Matthew 6:27 (amp)
This is a learning process that i have yet to be consistent with...but i am trying. I love my boys so much and would do anything for them! Take time to pray for your kids, your kids that are in your womb, or even your future kids.