Guys I just hit 30 weeks of pregnancy today! Can you believe it, it feels like yesterday I found out we were expecting. It has been such a crazy ride for us the past few months, especially with all that is going on around us, and all the anxiety, panic, and uncertainty of what is to come! I know when this all started like others i brushed it off, didn't care, and definitely didn't want to talk or hear about it. Then it progressed, I ended up cancelling my trip back home for my baby shower, I cancelled coffee dates with girlfriends & clients, and our church closed it doors until further notice. This is when the panic and anxiety began to hit. I was fearful, I didn't know what was going to happen and mostly it was out of my control. (If you know me I kinda might be a slight control freak when it comes to certain things) And boy let me tell you Covid-19 sent me into a tizzy of emotions for about 3 days. I began to slip into old habits of fear, anxiety, and solitude. I forgot who was in control and that its not me! Finally after admitting this fear to a friend she sent me a list of encouraging verses and songs! I began to read them and I remembered I am not in control of anything, I cant control if John gets sick while he is working as an essential employee, I can't control if my family in South Dakota gets sick, or if I get sick being pregnant with our first baby!
"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working"
James along with many other verses and chapters has been so encouraging for me and I hope that it has been the same for you! If you haven't dove into having a daily walk with God I really encourage you to start! I will drop a few of my favorite sources below and please reach out if any of you need any help or encouragement in this time!
Join the Journey: A a daily devotional sent to your email inbox
Holy Bible: Bible app that you can have your bible anywhere you are. I also love the feature to sign up for the daily verse!
Spotify Playlist: One of my favorite playlists for lifting me up in time of "gloom & doom"