Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Moving on Out!
Yep, this baby is moving on outward! A smallish bump has appeared overnight on my tummy and people are beginning to notice.
I used to care that at this point in my pregnancy people who didn't know I was pregnant would just think I was chubby. I really couldn't care less about that anymore.
I am enjoying the movement and kicks I am feeling from this one when I finally slow down enough to feel them. It's usually at night when I am going to bed or when I wake up in the middle of the night. What a sweet, subtle reminder of the precious life within me.
We heard the heartbeat last week at the doctor and it was 150 bpm. Go ahead and guess among yourselves what we are having. We'll find out July 31st (give or take) when he or she pops out. What a blessed surprise that will be!
I could go on about the way the Lord is forming this precious baby in my womb and what a miracle it is (yes, it's amazing even the third time around) and I will be in awe of the Lord's majesty every time a sweet baby is growing within me.
At the same time the Lord is showing me what worth He has placed on my life when at times I feel inadequate or perhaps lacking confidence in myself. Reading this sweet psalm and meditating on truth allow me to see that my confidence is in the Lord, in who He wonderfully knitted me to be in the image of Himself and in the finished work of Christ alone. What more could I desire to put my confidence in! In Christ alone my hope is found and not in the world, in its traditions or way of thinking.
I encourage you: read this psalm, meditate on the meaning of it and allow the Lord to encourage your heart with it. He made you just as He desired, wonderfully. Be confident in Him and allow Him to use the body and soul He gave you for His service and His kingdom. You are uniquely gifted by God and useful just as you are to bring Him glory!
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!