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Twins-in-Progress: Week 31

 

31 week31 Weeks: May 25-31

How far along? 7 months, 3 weeks

Babies size: Pineapples! (cue the craving!) 

What’s new with babies? According to some books, babies are now able to form memories. I certainly can’t recall any memories in utero; regardless I hope to make these first few potential memories quite delightful by vocalizing lots of songs, stories, and scripture.

What’s new with Mama? Rings are off 🙁 Starting to feel the swelling, but it’s not bad yet. I am definitely feeling “uncomfortable” at this week in pregnancy. The planet is growing, my belly is stretching, babies are moving, skin is itching. I’ll take the good with the uncomfortable though.

Weight Gain: Not sure this week. Haven’t had time to track down a scale!

Sleep: I got in a few naps this week!

Exercise: I am enjoying walks outside, in addition to sorting/purging/moving work (don’t worry, I’m taking it easy).

Best moment this week: Shane and I were singing on our back porch, enjoying the view of the river for the last few days before we move. Every time I hit a high note on “How Great Thou Art” the babies would kick and roll around. I’m not sure they liked the song, or if they were telling me to pipe down. But it was fun.

What do you miss/NOT miss? I miss camping.

Babies’ Movement: Sunday night, I could have sold tickets for the cirque de sole show happening inside my belly. Shane and I enjoyed the kicks and rolls (till I got nauseous).

Food cravings: Pineapple, frappuccinos

Genders:  a Boy and a Girl.

Kids room prep: Started moving some stuff over… just need to organize it and set up some cribs!

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Labor Signs/prep: My belly seems to have sunk a little. I’m not so sure it’s “dropped” per say, but I can breathe a little easier now (and have to use the restroom a lot more often). I can feel both babies’ little bums on either side of my belly button. Hopefully they stay head-down and turned toward my back.

Symptoms: Holy hives batman! Ok I don’t think they are hives, but these marks have appeared, like chiggers or bug bites, all over my ankles, wrists, knees and elbows and belly. It started on Monday with raised bumps on my already inflamed stretch marks, then spread from there. Could be Puppps? Could be a combination of previous eczema/bug bites, etc.? Hopefully I’ll get some clarity at my next OB appointment.

I also have INSANE acne all over my face, chest, and back. Please excuse my “glowing” appearance in public.
I have a few other new symptoms this week, but I will spare you all the details.

Mood: Stable this week. Praising the Lord.

Lullaby of the week: All that I can Say by David Crowder Band

Truth I’m dwelling on: 

Wait patiently for the Lord.
    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Psalm 27:14

Looking forward to: Visiting with family, a church BBQ/Baby shower, and organizing the new house a little at a time.

Questions for the Mamas: If you’ve had a baby, chances are you experienced diastasis recti, or the separation of your tummy muscles. This leads to the all-too-frustrating “When is your baby due” a year after you’ve already had her. C-sections actually create this problem by cutting the abdominals. My doctor assured me I would definitely have the separation since the twins have already stretched my stomach so much (regardless of a c-section or not). My goal is to have a healthy body, not “get my body back” per-say. The issues that accompany diastasis recti include back pain, pelvis instability, deteriorating strength of the abdominals, and the tummy “pooch.”

So my question for the mamas (and any kinesiologist/physical therapists who keep up with this blog) is this:

What body wraps, exercises, or posture habits worked for you to have healthy connection in your abdominals after giving birth? (Or what things did you avoid?)

Feel free to answer via commenting below!

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Twins-in-Progress: Week 30

30 weeks

30 Weeks: May 18-24

How far along? 7 months, 2 weeks

Babies size: Probably around 3 lbs. or more. 

What’s new with babies? At T-10 weeks to go (if we make it to July 26), babies are on the home-stretch for growing. Their brains are folding to add more square-footage for thinking, creativity, learning, relating, and pondering the love of God someday.

What’s new with Mama? Week 30! It feels like a significant milestone. I am trying desperately to maintain stamina for all the tasks ahead, but I am increasingly more exhausted each day. Nice to meet you 3rd trimester.

Weight Gain: Someone asked me this week how much I have gained so far. I was surprisingly not offended, even though the question was presented in the middle of a large crowd who all hushed to hear my answer. I didn’t realize this but I have only gained 30 lbs. at this point in my pregnancy. It seems low for twins, but I am still healthy which rocks!

Sleep: I am starting to find a routine in my sleep-pee-sleep pattern. But I’m still pretty tired most days.

Exercise: More yoga with my buddy, lots of walking and spending time outside.

Best moment this week: Waking up feeling rested.

What do you miss/NOT miss? I miss working out and getting to an adrenaline-filled sweat. I do not miss the days of early pregnancy when everything felt surreal and I couldn’t feel the babies.

Babies’ Movement: That lil’ ninja likes to put his toes up in my ribs, while lil’ lefty keeps pushing her feet into the space above my belly button. It tickles but I wouldn’t trade it for anything except to see these kids in person.

Food cravings: Salad. And water.

Genders:  a Boy and a Girl.

Kids room prep: While we brainstorm names, I am also brainstorming creative ways to display their names in the nursery. I have 2 big canvases and I am itching to paint them.

Labor Signs/prep: I built a few lists to get organized for D-day (delivery day). I titled them with something adventurous and familiar, to remind me that we are not heading into some medical procedure or big-bad labor… rather, we are embarking on a winsome journey of discovering God, selves, and family.

Confession: I have no idea what a contraction feels like. Sometimes when I’m walking or eating, I’ll feel my tummy get hard, but I can consciously relax my muscles. Is this a braxton hicks? Or am I just reverting to old habits of holding a tone in my tummy muscles while walking/sitting?

Symptoms: Tried a homemade coconut butter/mama belly rub this week and broke out in another rash. My many stretch marks broke out with bumps that itch like crazy! It’s back to the “one lotion to rule them all” for me (Body wrap by Nuetrogena is the only lotion I haven’t responded with a rash to).

Other symptoms include tired, tired, tired mama. I also think I pulled a muscle in the lower right side of my abdomen (right where the Ninja man likes to poke his butt out), so I’ve been dealing with that too.

Mood: I had a bit of a breakdown this week. I woke up one morning with an overwhelming feeling of panic. My first thought was “we’ve bitten off more than we can chew, and we are going to choke on it!” Thankfully, God’s Word and my dear husband was standing by and within the hour, I was restored to the truth I cling to: that God knew, WAY before we did, all that this season would hold for us (moving, twins, adoption, etc.) and He still called us to it. Whom God calls, he also equips. To Him, it’s a small thing to provide each day.

Lullaby of the week: Sanctuary by Mark R. Harris, Dallas Austin. Our church worship leader explained that a sanctuary is traditionally considered a place of safety for those in danger (think Huntchback of Notre Dame). However, a sanctuary is also a place of worship, purity, and devotion to God. As I sing these lyrics, I pray my body can be both a safe place for our babies to grow, and also a vessel of devoted worship to God:

“Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true…”

Truth I’m dwelling on: At the end of a long, exhausting day, when I am feeling discouraged and humongous… I pursue the Phil 4:8 initiative. I read the verse and find something from the day that matches each characteristic:

“Fix your thoughts on what is…”

  • true (God gave me breath and legs and grace to do all I accomplished today, including growing two humans)
  • honorable (motherhood [no matter what the critics say])
  • right/just (the pursuit of release from prison/death for the pregnant Christian doctor Meriam Yahia Ibrahim)
  • pure (my friend’s lovely baby girl, Piper, who just smiles and coo’s like a perfect baby girl should)
  • lovely (music)
  • admirable (a friend’s commitment to sexual purity [more on this soon])
  • excellent (my husband said my perseverance through discomfort and emotional turmoil makes me a woman of excellence… his words 😉 )
  • worthy of praise (my husband’s pursuit of God’s will in his job, his weekends, and his decisions)

Looking forward to: All the kicks and rolls, nausea and discomfort, of the coming weeks. It means I’m doing my job 🙂

Questions for the Mamas: Hey ladies with babies, I’m adding another point to my weekly updates: I’d like to hear your thoughts on this topic, and the one’s to come. Today’s questions is:

What do you wish you would have packed (or left at home) in your hospital Go-Bag?

Feel free to answer via commenting below!

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Twins-in-Progress: Week 29

 

29 weeks

29 Weeks: May 11-17

 

How far along? 7 months, 1 week

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Babies size: about 3 lbs. each!

What’s new with babies? Practicing breathing (we got to see the little boy work on this during the ultrasound 2 weeks ago).

What’s new with Mama? Belly button has popped out!

Exercise: In addition to my “birth prep” list, my dear friend Kristen has started coming over 2 times a week to practice prenatal-friendly yoga routines with me. I need to build up a little bit of endurance, but it is great!

Best moment this week:  Maternity Photoshoot!!!! My incredibly talented friend Andy Gann took a couple of quirky individuals…

booya ninja wheelbarrow

added a touch of magical cheer (and maybe some coffee)…

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and made this happen!

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What do you miss/NOT miss?  I miss the brain power to get stuff done/remember important things. I do NOT miss not knowing how much grace and patience my loved one’s have for me. My baby-brain gives me the chance to see just how kind and gracious my family is for me.

Babies’ Movement: Both keep moving consistently. Our little boy likes to tickle me in the ribs (don’t judge if I start giggling in the middle of a conversation).

Food cravings: Nothing too exciting this week.

Genders:  a Boy and a Girl.

 

IMG_5427baby shower loot!Kids room prep: The loot has come in! Between baby showers, donations from great friends and ministries, and a shopping trip with my mama…. our kids are sitting pretty. We were going to wait until we moved in to the new house before stocking up, but it gives me peace of mind to have some of these supplies ready and waiting now.

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For the record, we are fully stocked on baby clothes! If you are interested in celebrating our babies with us, here are our registry links with items we still need/would like to have:

Amazon: (twin bassinet, woombies, feeding pillow, snap n’ go stroller)

Target: (high chairs!!)

Walmart: (Jogging stroller, classic toys)

Labor Signs/prep:  Patience…

Symptoms: exhaustion

Mood: Steady

Shane with our friends' sweet baby girl… I think he is sold :)
Shane with our friends’ sweet baby girl… I think he is sold 🙂

Lullaby of the week:  Wait and Rest by Brian Campbell.

I have held several brand new babies this week, and I feel like I am the last of the pregnant people I know (both personally and on Facebook) to give birth in this season. In those moments that I am anxious to meet our kids, this song reminds me:

Disarm my thoughts, I’m carried up to the cross…

I will wait and rest, I will wait and rest until you move, and lead me to your heart,

to feel your heart beat, and fill the greatest need in all the earth, that Your will be done in me.

Truth I’m dwelling on: My pelvis and back are receiving the hormone “relaxin” these days, which causes a bit of pain in my ligaments and a whole lot of discomfort. My body is getting ready for babies’ growth spurts (1/2 lb a week from here on out hopefully), and for the marathon of labor and delivery.

happyInstead of getting frustrated by the discomfort, I am striving to view it as a reminder to add some spiritual “relaxin” to my heart. I want to make room for greater spiritual growth in my life. I know this can be uncomfortable, even scary when God calls me to greater faith, deeper trust, consistent surrender, and uninhibited obedience. But like labor in pregnancy, it’s going to happen one way or another. God has a purpose, and as was said to Solomon:

“Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leaveyou or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of theLord is finished.” 1 Chronicles 28:20

Looking forward to: Meeting these kids!!! (but I’ll just hold them like this for now).

 

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Twins-in-Progress: Week 28

 

28 weeks

My incredible older sister helped us celebrate our “sweet peas” with an ultra-creative baby shower! I loved the whimsical nature of the whole day (thanks for being amazing Rachel!!!). Enjoy the pictures throughout this update!

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28 Weeks: May 4-10

_DSC0147How far along? 7 Months

Babies size: about 2 1/2 lbs. each!

What’s new with babies? Ultrasound confirmed both babies are head down. Lil’ Lefty still likes to play with her toes above her head, so in a way she is also “feet down”. My man-cub is still quite the show-off with all of his activity.

What’s new with Mama? My belly measured 30 weeks at my OB appointment this week. I also have “nesting” spurts (which is difficult since we haven’t moved into our “nest” yet. I spend a lot of time on crafts for the babies’ room.)

measuring the planet, ahem, belly.
measuring the planet, ahem, belly.

Exercise: Started a prenatal yoga class and love it! I am also continuing my daily stretches and relaxation exercises.

_DSC0151Best moment this week: It was my first Mother’s Day! Both babies gave me plenty of kicks to show their love.

 

What do you miss? energy

Babies’ Movement: Consistent kicks and rolls. I learned this week that Lil’ Lefty’s placenta is located on the left side of my belly, which is why it is harder to feel her movements than on the right (the ninja’s placenta is on my back).

Food cravings: Sweet and cinnamony croissants… don’t know where to find them though… these adorable cupcakes definitely sufficed 🙂

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Genders:  a Boy (sucking on his fingers)IMG_5408

and a Girl. (playing with her toes above her head)IMG_5407

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Labor Signs/prep:  Pushing myself to more diligence in my posture and Optimal Fetal Positioning exercises. No complications or labor signs yet.

Symptoms: Bruising on my stretch marks. A little bit of acne on my chest.

Mood: Pretty positive this week. I have been increasingly proactive to spend time in prayer, preach truth to myself (instead of listen to my emotions), and memorize Scripture.

Lullaby of the week:  Oh my God/I am a Seed by The Digital Age (formerly David Crowder Band)

This fast paced, blue-grass worship always gets me motivated, whether to work out or to start “nesting.” I appreciate the line, “I’m born all over again, death will lose and we will win.” My children will experience their first birth in a short couple months, but for me, this season is another time of rebirth: putting my flesh to death like a seed trampled down, and coming alive in my new identity as a mother in Christ.

Of course, Shane and I daily pray for our little boy and sweet lady to experience the most important rebirth of salvation someday.

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Truth I’m dwelling on: I have permission to focus on the few. I want to be everywhere, with everyone, accomplishing everything… but I need to be faithful in the little things and let that be enough. Focus on the “Sweet Peas” right?

_DSC0152Looking forward to: a trip to Baby’s R Us with my sweet mama (and hopefully to see my sister try on her wedding dress!!)

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Twins-in-Progress: Week 27

 

27 weeks27 Weeks: April 27- May 3

How far along? 6 months, 3 weeks

Babies size: about 2 lbs. each!

What’s new with babies? Babies currently have more taste buds now than at birth.

What’s new with Mama? Feeling more active these days… working hard to get stuff done. It’s just slightly difficult to work around such a huge sphere of human-making.

Rockin' the tiger stripes!
Rockin’ the tiger stripes!

 

Exercise: I organized a list of helpful stretches and exercises, both for the mind and the body, to prepare for natural birth. Pinterest was a huge help, as were several friends.

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Best moment this week:  Camping-themed baby shower with amazing friends!

notes on the diapers
notes on the diapers
Hopes and wishes for babies
Hopes and wishes for babies
S'mores pops!
S’mores pops!
Lovely hosts
Lovely hosts

What do you miss/NOT miss?  I do not miss cleaning the bathroom (thanks husband!!!)

Babies’ Movement: Our little boy keeps tickling me. It is so much fun to feel these babies and remember the great purpose God has given me.

Food cravings: Lots of ice cream.

Genders:  a Boy and a Girl.

Kids room prep: We painted!!!

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After
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actually, this lovely lady (and the 3rd host for our baby shower) mastered the painting for this room (with her great husband).
actually, this lovely lady (and the 3rd host for our baby shower) mastered the painting for this room (with her helpful husband).
We are so thankful for helping hands!
We are so thankful for friends and family!

Labor Signs/prep:  Still no noticeable contractions.

Symptoms: Starting to lose my appetite again 🙁

Mood: Still up and down. As per this textbook pregnancy has gone thus far, I am now at the stage where feelings of hopelessness settle in. I catch myself spiraling down a negative path of no return. Shane is helpful to bring me out of it. As is the “truth I’m dwelling on” below.

Lullaby of the week:  more dreaming’…. All I do Is Dream of You.

IMG_5378Truth I’m dwelling on: I continue to work toward memorizing Psalm 46… remembering that God is a very present help in trouble. He is not coming later, or when He gets done with His other God-sized things. My God is omnipresent and He is VERY present in each moment. I find such comfort in that.

Posting all these pictures reminds me that my friends and family are also a very present help. I am beyond blessed!

 

Looking forward to: Maternity pics! (but for now, this one will have to do … look at that belly!)

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Twins-in-Progress: Week 26

26 weeks

26 Weeks: April 20-26

How far along? 26 weeks (6 months, 2 week)

Babies size: about 2 lbs. each!

What’s new with babies? Making melanin (skin pigment) as I am trying not to burn mine in all this sunshine!

Exercise: Doing well with the healthy habits. My doula and dear friend and sister-in-law keeps me accountable 🙂

Best moment this week:  Meeting my friend Kelsey’s brand new baby Whitney! Visiting her at the hospital made me so giddy to meet our babies. Been having lots of dreams about D-day. Unfortunately I wake up disappointed that they aren’t here yet. I am too excited!

What do you miss/NOT miss?  I miss cold-cut sandwiches, stamina, and laying on my back.

Babies’ Movement: Lil’ Lefty is much more active now, finally keeping up with her brother. This means I can sit down and watch my tummy do contortionist style movements all day.

Food cravings: I feel I disappoint everyone who asks about my food cravings. No “pickles and ice cream” for me. Just normal stuff.

Genders:  a Boy and a Girl.

Kids room prep: I picked out a pallet this week:IMG_4446

Walls: Sea Foam Green and Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I hope to paint the dresser in this Warm Gold and use the Peach-apricot for accents. I think it will complement the nature-adventure thing we have going so far. I don’t know about the babies, but I think I am going to enjoy spending lots of time in that room 🙂

Labor Signs/prep:  I am focusing more time on not “hammocking” the babies. By sitting up straight and maintaining good posture, I hope to ensure babies are facing my back (not sunny side up). They will “recline” against the front of my tummy instead, giving them optimal position for chin-tucking on delivery day. It’s definitely not as comfy, especially when I am watching TV or working at my computer, but I want to be as proactive as possible.

Symptoms: I had another rough week of balancing rest and productivity. In doing so, I eat quickly, which leads to indigestion. Sometimes I think I have pre-term labor signs, but God is faithful to keep me from becoming anxious and help me differentiate between digestion issues and actual labor.

Mood: Working towards those good habits again has really helped my moods.

Lullaby of the week:  I Dream of You by JJ Heller… it quite accurately describes my week 🙂

by the way, JJ Heller has written an adorable children’s book about dreams. I look forward to sharing it with our kids someday:

Truth I’m dwelling on: God’s love is endless! As many smiles I may have while dreaming of our son and daughter (and world traveler too), He has so many more for me, and for them as well!

Looking forward to: the camping themed co-ed baby shower our friends are hosting for us this Sunday (I’ll post about it next time!)

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A Prayer for our Littles Ones

I posted this prayer a few weeks ago for our “Twins in Progress” report. I think it is worth sharing again, for any mama-to-be out there to pray over her baby (or babies). I am so blessed that Paul prayed this over the people of Colossae as our example.

Here is my personalized version of his prayer (from Colossians 1:9-12):

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Twins-in-Progress: Week 25

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25 Weeks: April 13-19

How far along? 25 weeks (6 months, 1 week)

Babies size: . Cauliflower heads

What’s new with babies? blinking. swallowing, grasping (hopefully not at each other’s throats)

Sleep:  I am starting to get used to late night hunger, tossing and turning.

Exercise: I started following my 10 habits for a Fantastic Morning Routine this week. Between the Bible study/journal time and the daily walking and stretching, I am starting to feel a little bit more like myself again!

Best moment this week:  Working on the house with my man.

What do you miss/NOT miss?  I miss coffee…. so much.

Babies’ Movement:  I got to hear their heartbeats this week. As usual, our Right Ninja was kicking at the doppler. Lil’ lefty, who is usually much quieter, has started reminding me that she is, indeed, in there. I enjoy most of their kicks, except the ones on my bladder!

Food cravings: Craving oatmeal cookies again. So I made a batch, but they all turned out hard. I don’t have the patience for baking. 🙁

Genders:  a Boy and a Girl.

Kids room prep: Got the trim all painted! Waiting on carpet.

Labor Signs/prep:  No contractions yet. For now, I am trying to balance moderate exercise and putting my feet up. For an all-or-nothing kind of girl, this is really difficult.

Symptoms: Extreme moodiness. I’m pretty sure one of my college students will never ask a pregnant lady for boyfriend advice again. I accidentally broke a vase during our conversation (clumsy prego that I am) and completely lost it. Just when I able to laugh off my weepiness, I sneezed and experienced another first for pregnancy and peed myself a little bit. It was all quite comical in the end and I sat down with a bowl of ice cream and a 90’s chick flick and called it a day.

Mood: In addition to the above hysteria, I have this irrational feeling like I’ve done something wrong. Thankfully, it was the week before Easter! The daily reminder that Jesus’s death and resurrection gives me victory over my mistakes (imagined ones too) is so freeing.

 

Lullaby of the week:  My Dear by Bethel Music.

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Truth I’m dwelling on: This season is quite a process of patience! God reminds me that “Unless The Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain,” Psalm 127:1. This applies to everything: growing babies, filling out adoption papers, purging our current home, and sweating over our new one… So much “work” and yet nothing matters if not done in Christ.

Looking forward to:  Getting the house finished so I can work on little projects for the kids room

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Twins-in-Progress: Week 24

24 Weeks: April 6-12

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How far along? 24 weeks (6 months)

Babies size: 1 1/2 lb each! If you are doing the math, you’ll notice they are now gaining a 1/2 pound a week. (No wonder I am exhausted and starving all the time).

What’s new with babies? They have eyebrows! And eye lashes, and a bit of hair on their heads, although for now it doesn’t have any pigment. Judging from our personal history as babies, our kids are going to be blondes anyway 🙂

Sleep: I don’t want to talk about it.

Exercise: Spent some time at the pool this week. Still low on stamina, but I have to start somewhere.

Best moment this week: I love the little things that made every day special this week: Shane praying for me and the twins at night, our moments of singing to them, studying God’s word with our college students, becoming more and more aware of His daily grace.

What do you miss/NOT miss? I miss playing ultimate frisbee and ambitious early spring-time hikes. The sun is starting to shine, and I am finding ways to enjoy it (we have lots of relaxing backyard campfires), but I miss some of the spring-time activity.

I do NOT miss my “monthly cycle”… that business is pretty great to NOT have.

Babies’ Movement: Tap dancing all night long.

Food cravings: cold stuff: ice cream, smoothies, fruit, etc.

Genders:  a Boy and a Girl.

Kids room prep: I’d really like to upcycle a dresser we have. It is excellent height for a changing table, and the drawers are perfect-size for baby clothes. I’d be happy with any suggestions on how to update it! Send me links or pins!

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Labor Signs/prep: Early in the pregnancy, I would get very anxious thinking about this stage, especially whether or not I would experience preterm labor or have to go on bed rest.  God has given me great favor in this process though, and I still have energy, feel healthy, enjoy the babies kicking, and have no signs of complications to date.

Symptoms: Still congested, but I’m getting used to it. My arms regularly fall asleep, and my right hip is not being friendly. I also have regular cramps in my right leg/foot.

Mood: Oh dear. I dropped my ice cream in the parking lot. I haven’t experienced such heightened emotions in a long time. What a battle between rational thinking and raw instinctual frustrations.

Lullaby of the week: .Quando Quando Quando, by Michael Buble.

“Every moment’s a day; every day seems like a lifetime… Tell me when will you be mine?”

This question consumes my thoughts more often than not. As my mom put so eloquently, “this summer is just one big blank page.” We can’t pencil in our expectations, or even a preferred timeline per say. It’s all in God’s hands. That is a good place to be though.

Truth I’m dwelling on: No matter how rough the night was, I can still rise and shine and give God the glory! Isaiah 40:

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you (vs. 1)

Lift up your eyes all around, and see;
    they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from afar,
    and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
    your heart shall thrill and exult, (vs. 4-5)

and you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior
    and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. (vs. 16)

Looking forward to: our OB appointment next week. Packing up the house and getting ready to move in early May!

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Short of Breath in my Walk with God

I once read that being pregnant requires the same amount of energy as scaling a mountain. The calorie output is about the same as a vigorous hike… all-day-long. I must be reaching “higher elevation” because it is getting harder to breathe. A hiker experiences the thinning of the air… at six months pregnant with twins, this pregnant mama experiences less room in my body for a proper breath.

It is a constant discomfort.

breath of Jesus

Similarly, God makes us “uncomfortable” in other areas of our lives:

  • Changing our identity to look more like Christ.
  • Calling us to share our faith
  • Reminding our hearts that its not all about us
  • Convicting us to repent of sin
  • Encouraging our minds to stop vicious cycles of worldly thinking

Any of those sound familiar? If you aren’t experiencing “discomfort” in your walk with God, could it be that your relationship with Him is at a standstill? You might be on the right path, but if you aren’t going anywhere, how is your faith impacting you, encouraging others, or glorifying God? This is the question James asks of all of us:

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? James 2:14

Still, having an active, or a “hiking” faith, can be difficult. We start to reach new heights and find that it’s harder to breathe. Our perseverance wanes, and we become discouraged. I have let fear and anxiety get a foothold more times than I want to admit. But our Savior is faithful, and He stands ready for me to grab his hand.

When our breath is not enough (as it was never meant to be) we can remember that Jesus offers HIS breath to empower us to be like him! In John 20:21-22 quotes Jesus saying:

“As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” And when he had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “receive the Holy Spirit…”

I hope this encourages you when you feel “short of breath” in your walk with God this week. And don’t forget to enjoy the view from the new heights God is helping you reach in your walk with Him!

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