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Dear Expectant Mom

A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.”

--John 16:21 NIV

Congratulations! As life grows within you, you are becoming a creator in the truest sense of the word. How exciting! When I first found out that I was with child, I felt every emotion all at the same time. From that moment on, not a single day passed that I did not feel worried or concern about my baby. If you are having those same feelings, know that they are perfectly normal. Just remember to allow for time to enjoy the experience as well. Rather you have tons of help and support, or you are going at it alone, you are more than capable of doing this.

My own path to motherhood may be unique to some, and typical to others. I had known that I wanted to be a mother since I was a little girl, and often envisioned having a house full of kids with a loving husband, because as we know, ‘first comes love, then comes marriage…’. However, when it happened for me, I was an unmarried, recent college graduate who was in love with the potential of the man I was dating at the time. Unfortunately (yet not surprisingly), the relationship ended shortly after announcing my pregnancy, and I was on my own. So, for those of you who may be in a similar situation, I want to be real and tell you that it will not be easy. There will be days that you want to give up, but you must remember that you are the most important person in your baby’s life. Do whatever it takes to give them the best that you’ve got. Don’t worry about what you don’t have. If help is offered, take it. If you need help, ask. If help is not an option, pray. God will send you what you need when you need it.

At the end of the day, know that you have been chosen for such a time is this. Pour into your baby starting now to prepare them for the purpose God has assigned to them. Sing, laugh, dance, be happy! The darkness of this world is set at the ready, so give them a head start on what joy and love is like, so they know where it is and where it isn’t in their own life. Remember to take care of yourself. Children are a priority but not the only priority. One day you will have to let them go, and you need to be just as prepared as them when that day comes. Don’t forget about you in the process.



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