The past three months have been a bit of a fog for me.
You see, I found out I was expecting at the end of October.
By the first week of November, I was throwing up multiple times a day.
By mid-November, laundry hadn’t been touched in weeks.
People looked at me with sympathetic eyes and said, “you can do it.”
I kept throwing up and wondered if they were right.
By December, I was crying every day.
Christmas didn’t feel like Christmas.
I prayed that the sickness would not last for seven more months.
I prayed that I wouldn’t lose the baby because I didn’t think I could do this again.
I prayed thanksgiving for a husband and son who were managing just fine with mommy being sick.
Thankfully, I have finally turned a corner.
The sickness is less frequent. I can bend over the dryer without getting nauseous.
The little baby who was causing my body so much stress is now fluttering around like a sweet butterfly.
And each day, I remember that sickness and give thanks to God for the life He has blessed our family with and showing me a strength I didn’t know I had.
The first bible verse I learned as a new Christian was Philippians 4:13 – I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
Never has that been more true than during the season I just endured.
God IS always with us, even in the seasons that are so challenging that we think we won’t survive.
So, as the end of this first month of a new year ends, take time to give thanks to God for where you are right now. Think about where your life has taken you and what you dream for the future.
Remember that God is there.
And no matter what, YOU can do it because HE gives you strength.
By Jessica Turner, The Mom Creative