Monday, March 3, 2008

Consider your World Rocked!

Welcome, new and expecting moms, to Totally New Moms! Arlene, Sue, and I are so excited to get this blog underway! I’ll be posting every Monday, and I pray that I can help you get your week started off in a positive, refreshing way!

I have recently become acquainted with Michelle Duggar, the phenomenal Arkansas mother of seventeen children whose family is often featured on the Discovery Channel. Michelle recently shared with me that she had been helping her niece, a totally new mom, with her first baby. I couldn’t help but think, Wow! What would it be like to have a mother of seventeen coaching you through those first days and nights with a newborn?

Can you imagine the depth of insight, the patience, and the wisdom she would have? And can you imagine how relaxed you would feel with her by your side? After all, I’m sure there is nothing she hasn’t seen or dealt with in her own personal experience with newborns!

But I’m sure that even Michelle would be the first to agree that every baby is different. It doesn’t matter if you are on your first, your fifth, or your seventeenth! God created each of us uniquely, and in His great eye for detail, there have never been any two of us who were completely alike. We are individual souls, each with a particular purpose, designed to connect with God in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

No matter what you are experiencing with your baby today, God is by your side, and you can rest in Him. He has dealt with everything! He created your baby, and He knows her needs as well as yours. If you’ve been anxious or stressed about all this new mom stuff, tell God about it. He wants you to let Him help you with your parenting. He knows how a new baby can rock your world! Focus on Him today, even if you just have two minutes to take some deep breaths and remember that He is in control! As you follow His lead, you will find that your world, though seemingly turned upside-down, is actually right-side-up in His eyes. He has always planned for you to be the mother of your child, and through your journey of mothering, you will find Him right by your side:

Tending to the details,
Gathering your senses,
Carrying you through the rough spots,
And leading you ever so gently.

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young (Isaiah 40:11).


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