Well, I can't take all of the credit for these pictures. I set the settings on the camera and picked the locations and poses, but Adam actually took the pictures. I think he did a great job.
God has blessed our family so much and here is just one of the evidences. Having children is nothing short of a blessing from God. Tomorrow our little girl, Norah Lynn, will be here. Carter will be a big brother and Adam and I will be parents of not one but two children. Praise God!!
My thought for the day is, of course, about birth. God has used each pregnancy to teach and remind me about His control. He is in control of the process from the beginning..the "trying" stage. We can count days and take temperatures if we want to but God is the only one that can create life. He just allows us the privileged to carry and care for the life He creates.
I have said it before and will say it again now...I don't see how anyone can have children and not believe in God.
Pregnancy in itself is a miracle. I mean there are only a limited number of days each month that a woman can get pregnant and even then everything has to work our perfectly. That only shows that God has to orchestrate each new life.
Pregnancy itself is also a reminder that God is completely in control. I have been pregnant 3 times. I have done nothing different each time and each pregnancy has been completely different. We lost the baby with the first pregnancy. This was hard, but I know God was in control of event that. The second pregnancy, God gave us Carter. Our third pregnancy will give us Norah Lynn tomorrow. Throughout the 2nd pregnancy I worried and read all I could. I finally realized that I was just the oven. God was knitting together this little boy inside me. He was doing all the work. He was just allowing me to be a part of it.
Delivery is another miracle and another way that God has demonstrated to me His control. With Carter we had to induce and after 16 hours of labor ended up in a c-section. This was not my plan at all. As a matter of fact I was very upset. I did not want to induce and I did not want to have a c-section. Our last ultrasound showed some possible complications, therefore we induced a week early. Carter was not even thinking about coming into this world, therefore we ended up in a c-section.
So this time around I had a plan (you think I would learn). I was going to go into labor all on my own and NOT have a c-section. I was going to try natural methods of induction and make sure that things worked out the way I wanted. Just so you know how my plan worked out... We are scheduled for a c-section at 2pm tomorrow. I will be 4 days past my due date and regardless of all my efforts and at-home methods, I am no closer to giving birth on my own than I was with Carter. I am NOT in control!
So my words of wisdom. Don't be as hard headed as I am. God is in control of all things and there is no better place to be than in the middle of His control.
A friend gave me this verse today. Isaiah 26:3 "...You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You."
There is peace in God alone!!