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A Delivery of Peace

    My daughter is having her first baby soon.  It dawned on me today that she has been preparing for her role as Mommy since she was barely able to walk herself.  She toted her doll baby wherever she went, fed her, burped her, changed her and sang to her. When her baby was sleeping, she shushed her brothers and when her baby was hurting she gently comforted. The desire to nurture was there then, and now, twenty- five years later, she is preparing for the real deal!

     Of course she is excited about meeting her baby—a boy--but she is also wondering about the delivery.  After all, she’s heard lots of stories. Women inevitably want to tell their birthing experiences to pregnant ones—forgetting the anxieties of first-time Moms--and blurting out the good, the bad and the ugly!

     So Heather’s been wondering…how bad is the pain? Were your labors long, Mom? Do you think I’ll be a big baby myself and want to scream and be mean? Do you think I can handle a natural birth?  These are questions that will keep you up at night, along with the kicks and the discomfort of a five-pound baby doing gymnastics in your tummy while you’re trying to sleep!

     Much of our lives are spent wondering about what is to come.  Certain experiences seem inevitable, but how will we handle them? The unknown details can often paralyze us and hinder our enjoyment of the present moment.  God knew we would wonder and often become anxious about our questions.  I so appreciate His foreknowledge and desire to help us.  He gave us instructions that literally provide a solution for our times of worrying. 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6).

     Our God, our Creator, our Father knows us so well!  He expects us to wonder about the future and to ask questions.  He is not upset or angered with us, but rather is waiting for us to come to Him and ask to our heart’s content.  He even encourages us to give Him a list of all our worries and to blanket them with our thanks.  He knows we need peace and He desires to walk with us into our future, reminding us that He is already there!

     Heather recently had a tour of the birthing facility at the hospital and the opportunity to meet all the doctors, nurse practitioners and midwives that could be assisting her during her baby’s delivery.  She had many questions that were answered and went on her way with confidence and assurance that this is a great facility and these professionals know what they’re doing! 

     Each day we are invited to visit with our Father and to bring our worries to Him. He is waiting to assure us that He is literally with us and will deliver His peace to our hearts.

 Lord, I give you my worries today. Thank You for loving me and giving me true peace.

Copyright © 2008-2015 Dawn Sheridan Kollar

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