The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV
I brought the holiday season in by preparing to birth my second child. This labor and delivery was very different from the first one. I truly dedicated time to shifting my mindset to be positive, so that I could manifest an effortless, painless, and safe labor and delivery. I did just that, so I thought. I spent an entire day walking, enjoying time with my family as I breathed through very uncomfortable contractions. I decided to find balance by resting for the night after a long day of laboring. I laid down to sleep for the night and was soon awakened by fast-paced contractions. My support team and I headed to the hospital so that I could meet my bundle of joy. Upon arriving I was told I was only 6cm dilated. After all the time I spent praying, reciting affirmations, and staying positive I instantly lost faith. I WAS TIRED! The pain and discomfort had increased and I was not willing to endure 2 to 3 more hours of that. I threw in the towel and requested an epidural.
Well God had other plans for me. He reminded me of all that I wanted, which was a non-medicated, speedy, and effortless birth and he granted me just that. As the anesthesiologist prepared to give me the epidural I could feel extreme pressure. I announced to the care team, “I feel something”. My midwife proceeded to check my cervix and shared that she could feel the baby’s head and I could deliver my baby right now. That was amazing news, but I was exhausted. Over 24 hours of laboring. Over 24 hours of fighting negative thoughts. I just wanted a break. But my child was ready to enter the world, so I positioned myself to push. My first two pushes were small. There was little to no progression of her entering this world. I said to myself, “I know you are tired, but if you want relief you have to tap into the strength that the Lord has given you and give the biggest pushes of your life”. Sometimes you have to be uncomfortable to obtain comfort, and you don’t have to do it alone. I pushed and roared like it was no one’s business and within two more pushes my daughter was born.
God gave me the strength I needed to birth my daughter. He showed me many things during my labor and delivery. One: he can turn things around in seconds. Two: he is always with me and I can lean on him for strength when I am tired. As moms, we are often overstimulated and tired. Many of us feel alone in motherhood, but it is important to know that you are never alone; God is always with you. He is our support team.
Isaiah 40 reminds us that we are human and life will happen to us, but God is greater than our situation. When we have hope in the Lord you will soar on wings like eagles; we will run and not grow weary, we will walk and not be faint. Moms, what current situation has you exhausted? I am a mom of two under two and I am tired. Every day I get up and energy is poured into my tank because I have hope in the Lord. Whatever situation has you feeling alone, uncomfortable, and exhausted, keep pushing Mama. The discomfort is temporary with the help of the Lord.
Your fellow Able Mom,
Lord, thank you for being my support team. I am grateful that through life I do not have to tackle uncomfortable situations alone. Help me to immediately lean on you when I am overwhelmed and exhausted. Bless my body to be filled with joy and energy in Jesus name, amen.
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