You guys, I've got baby #3 on the brain and I'm in full on countdown mode like a crazy person. I'm 33 weeks today which means in 7 weeks or less I get to meet this baby girl. This pregnancy has flown by. I blinked and here I am 8 months pregnant. What?! Yesterday I felt off and couldn't figure out why. It wasn't until I started organizing baby's closet, washing baby clothes, etc. that I realized I just needed to "nest" for a bit to feel better. Either way, the diapers are put away, the tiny clothes are hung and the nursery is tidy. I am definitely ready for baby, or am I? I have come to the realization that I have been preparing physically (nursery, buying diapers, packing clothes away) but I have lacked on the spiritual prepping for sure! I can remember being pregnant with Gavin and praying constantly. Pregnancy was new, I didn't really know what to expect, I was nervous so I really, really needed God. With Sophia I was more nervous about the transition from 1 to 2 babes in the household so I really needed prayer at that time too. Hm, whenever I'm nervous or fearful I seem to need God the most. But here I am with baby #3 on the way and I'm not too nervous about adding another little one. I know what to expect...so, I guess I've got this God! WRONG. I'm starting to realize how much I really need God not only in the times I feel anxious or fearful but in the times where I am calm as well. It's in these times where I feel calm and collected that I should be praying for God to come and prepare my heart for this new life. When you are calm, your mind is clear free from clutter...wouldn't that most likely be the best time to pray!? I feel when I'm suffering, anxious or fearful I spend a lot of time in prayer doing all the talking but not so much just waiting to hear on God. Just sitting there in His presence in silence.
Motherhood (really, parenthood for that matter) is not to be taken lightly. Mothers (and fathers) are SO important. The Pope recently had this to say about mothers:
“To be a mother is a great treasure. Mothers, in their unconditional and sacrificial love for their children, are the antidote to individualism; they are the greatest enemies against war,”the pontiff told pilgrims during his Jan. 7 general audience address."(From:http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-hails-motherhood-as-the-antidote-to-individualism-41388/)
“It is they, mothers, who often give the first roots of the faith, the ones that permeate deepest; without them not only would the faithful be lost, but also a good part of the deepest fire of our faith,” he explained.(From:http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-hails-motherhood-as-the-antidote-to-individualism-41388/)
Although, both quotes from Pope Francis are beautiful (and flattering to us mommas) it was the second quote that struck me the most. It was the part about how mothers are the ones who give the first roots of faith to our family, especially our children. Without this, the fire for Christ in our families hearts could eventually disappear. I not only need to lead my children to Christ and teach them about the faith...I also need to be praying for them. For my kids outside of the womb AND inside. Pope Francis is right, to be a mother is truly a great treasure and what better way to thank God for entrusting me with these tiny souls by praying for them. Thanking God for them. Motherhood is tough and you've most likely read a million blogs that tell you exactly how and why it's tough. So, I won't go into all of that now, but I really believe motherhood is more enjoyable when I pray. Prayer allows me to recollect myself and be a better mom. SO, New Year's resolution (are we even allowed to make resolutions at this point?!) #3...PRAY FOR MY KIDS MORE OFTEN. Nesting comes in second place. (Evidence of nesting in picture of tiny clothes above!)