During the first trimester of my pregnancy with my oldest, I realized (along with the help of my husband) that all I was doing was complaining.
I complained about being so tired all the time.
I complained that I couldn’t get enough food to eat.
I complained that the laundry was never done.
The list of complaints went on and on.
During my first pregnancy, I read a pregnancy devotional, 40 Weeks: A Devotional Guide to Pregnancy by Jennifer Vanderlaan. It’s a great devotional book for first time moms.
Since my heart was convicted of my lack of contentment, gratitude, and just overall grumbling of heart, I was ready for change, and change came after reading these words:
What about the comments you make? When you speak to other women about your experience this far and your thoughts about the future, what do you say? Are you passing on courage or are you passing on fear?
Pregnancy is a gift from God.
As women, our bodies are fashioned perfectly for the job at hand. Is it hard work? Well, of course! Are we always going to have a great attitude about it? Nope!
When my heart turns to grumbling and complaining, it’s because I desire comfort and ease more than I desire to selflessly serve another, in this case my child. I desire for others to feel sorry for me. I want them to swoon over my discomforts. I want my husband to take over the dishes for the evening or for my son to stop asking for me to play with him. Of course, in the midst of doing it, I would never tell you that’s the case, but it’s true when I get down to the nitty gritty.
Pregnancy is hard work, and sometimes, it doesn’t feel like such a gift. But the Word tells us to “do all things without grumbling or questioning” (Philippians 2:14). All things does not exclude pregnancy.
So let me ask you:
Are you treating pregnancy as the blessing it is, or is pregnancy just another thing to complain about? <–Tweet That!
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
As Christian women, we want to encourage other women in their pregnancy walk, not provoke fear with our complaints and horror stories. We want people to see pregnancy as the beauty and miracle that it is – God’s marvelous work and creation taking place within us.
Yes we can share our stories, even the bad ones, but we must do so with grace. In ourselves we are completely incapable of bearing the burden of pregnancy. But we have a God whose grace is all sufficient, even when we’re hung over the toilet and watching the laundry pile create it’s own area code.
So pregnant mommies, let’s consider our hearts today and take pregnancy as an opportunity to grease the wheels of one of the hardest lessons of this life – gratitude and joy.
Check out the rest of the posts in Grace for the Pregnant Mom Series here!
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