Nurture It.

Happy Wednesday!  First off, I want to thank you for your excitement and joy over our big news yesterday.  We are thrilled about our baby boy and it was a treat to finally get to share it with all of you!

As we move forward, I promise not to turn this into a “baby blog,” but I have no doubt, as Meg says, that a new baby will definitely provide a plethora of blogging material.

Today, I have just one observation after 21 weeks of being pregnant. 

In the beginning, though I was tired and nauseous, besides that, I didn’t really feel pregnant.  No one could tell by looking at me, I didn’t have any physical signs of carrying a baby aka “the bump”, and I couldn’t feel the little life growing inside of me.

Early pregnancy getting free Chick-Fil-A with Eliza Joy and Hannah! Yes, we dressed up like cows, but for a free chicken sandwich, I’d do just about anything!

Yet, as I’ve walked through the pregnancy and fed and nurtured my little baby (for the record, he likes wonton soup, Chipotle burritos, and Sour Patch Kids), slowly but surely, the outward signs are becoming more apparent–I have a visible bump that people are starting to ask about and I can even feel the baby kicking inside of me (already, he’s proven to be an Earth, Wind & Fire fan–be still my heart!)

Little bump shot from Saturday night

I’m just as pregnant as I was 21 weeks ago, but each day, the reality of the baby becomes more and more real, as I grow with him, nurture him, and try to take care of myself and my baby as much as I can before the big day.  And after that, I know the real work and cultivation is just beginning…

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about this in terms of our faith.  From the minute we become Christians we are freely saved and freely forgiven, but once that happens, we have the opportunity to grow our “fetus faith” and strengthen it and watch it mature into so much more.

How does this happen?  By taking the time to feed and develop it–ensuring we get the nutrients, wisdom, and encouragement that we need each day.  As we continue to move forward, just like a growing baby, our faith becomes not only something that we know is there, but that others see and recognize as well–they can see it through our lives and our actions.  Plus, each day we spend walking with God, we’re more aware of His daily movements throughout our lives and we grow to see and recognize Him and new and incredible ways. 

Maybe you began your walk with God years ago, but haven’t taken the time recently to feed into it.  I know just how you feel!  But be encouraged, that no matter how long it’s been, we can always pick back up where we left off and get going once again.

Just like a little baby that needs to be fed and cared for long before it even enters the world so that it can grow and mature, we need to feed and care for our relationships with God.  And as we do, it becomes so a part of us, that we don’t know how we ever lived without it!

When your words came, I ate them;
    they were my joy and my heart’s delight.
Jeremiah 15:16 
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
James 4:8