I don’t know that Jesus was actually born on December 25, but let’s suppose He was. That means that many, many years ago on this date, Mary was just about three months away from her due date.
Can you picture her figure? She was probably a young girl, so I’m thinking she was slender.
Can you imagine her emotions, her thought processes? I’m thinking she had a sense of peace, but I’ll bet she had lots of questions, fears, and maybe some sadness due to the abrupt disappearance of her girlhood.
She was a woman now. Three short months away from motherhood.
I know another Mary about to become a mama for the first time. One month away from meeting baby Jake. This Mary found out her baby was a boy with a newfangled technology they call an ultrasound. Jesus’ mama got her news straight from the mouth of an angel.
Another sweet gal I know and love is pregnant with her first–and exactly halfway to her due date. For 20 weeks, she’s been convinced that the baby in her belly was a b-o-y. And yesterday she found out otherwise. Congratulations to my sister Stephanie and her hubby Daniel! I can’t wait to meet my NIECE in February!! Now, both of my sisters and both of my sisters-in-law each have at least one little girl. So much fun!
But we sure do love Ethan, Gavin and Tanner and will gladly welcome any and all boys God decides to add to our family in the coming years. And by “our family,” I mean my sisters, not me.
My sisters and I all had a girl first. My mom had a girl first. My grandma had a girl first. And my great-grandma had a girl first. And Mom’s going to see if she can find out about the great-greats and the great-great-greats.
Speaking of expecting babies, I’ve gotten a few e-mails lately about my Expecting book that say generally the same thing. This one was especially sweet.
My mom and I live 100 or so miles away from one another, and every Saturday, when I mark the start of a new week in my pregnancy, we each read that week’s devotion in Expecting. My mother-in-law does the same! It’s been such a gift to be able to share this experience with them in that way, so they have context to know how big our son is (32 weeks now!), what he’s doing, what I’m feeling and what’s to come.
As friends have become pregnant in recent months, we’ve been able to share this book with them and (particularly for my mom) with the grandmother-to-be too. It’s a wonderful way to stay connected, to focus on what’s truly important (speaking lovely words instead of worrying about LOOKING lovely at this point) and to give voice to prayers that are almost to emotional to vocalize.
In the beginning, particularly, I was so overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude that I could barely read a page through my tears. Now I can stay grounded in God’s plans for my son and focus less on the physical, which so many pregnancy books stress entirely. Thank you, thank you for putting this book together.
Can I just tell you how much I love this idea? I get warm fuzzies just thinking about an expectant mama and two grandmas agreeing in prayer for a precious little one yet to be born. Talk about a baby getting off on the right foot in life right off the bat. Wow.
I’d love to see generations coming together and praying in unity over unborn children. I can only imagine what an impact it would have. If you know of a mom-or-grandma-to-be who might want to pray together for a little one, you can order a signed copy of the book here or a cheaper copy here.
I have a really special story to share in a couple weeks–along with a way you can get involved in impacting a little life. Very exciting.
And if I could ask for your help on this lovely Thursday–since my sister was completely convinced she was carrying a man-child, she didn’t have a girl’s name at the ready. Can you help her? Her last name is Basham, and there is already an Olivia, an Anna, two Avas, an Emma, a Nina, and an Isabelle in her family, so those are out.
Who has the perfect name for my niece?