Promises

My due date is technically April 2nd. I’ve had a baby early, one late and one right “on time”. All were within a few days of my “due date”. So that means that this baby will probably be born soon! I go to bed each night wondering, “Will tomorrow be the day?”

I have to admit to no small amount of nervousness this time. I’m not entirely sure why, since I wasn’t terribly nervous before my other children were born. In any case, I wound up finding three Scripture passages in particular that have helped me. I wrote each of them down on an index card and read them throughout the day.

First is II Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given to us the Spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” By nature, I am a worrier. My spirit tends to be fearful if left unchecked. But this spirit of fear is not from God! Constantly being reminded of that is necessary for me!

Second is Joshua 1:9, “Have not I commanded the, saying, Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be discouraged? For I the Lord thy God will be with thee whithersoever thou goest.” God was speaking to the Hebrews in this passage, but I believe that it’s still applicable to me. I’m commanded to “fear not”! I’m told to be strong and courageous, but not because of my own strength. My own human strength is useless, but I have the promise that God will be with me through EVERYTHING. That’s where my real courage is found.

The third verse is my favorite. Isaiah 46:4 says, “I have made you: I will also bear you, and I will carry you, and I will deliver you.” I was made by God; the only One with the wondrous power to create life! Yet He has promised to carry me. What an awesome promise!

This is not to say that I don’t still have moments when fear begins to creep in. Believe me, I do! But over the past week I’ve found that going back to the Scripture and spending time praying is the most effective way to quiet my fears. So, I’ll continue to wait and work to rest in the knowledge that my baby and I are in God’s hands.

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