Writing and speaking are two things that I absolutely love to do – I feel so in my calling and element when those two actions are part of my life. When I stepped into this season of being pregnant I felt as though God gave me a new grace. A new grace to enjoy being pregnant without the pressure from myself to be this amazing writing or speaker. Sometimes, we can be our own worst critic putting more pressure on ourselves than others do around us. If you had told me several years ago that I would be turning down opportunities to speak during my pregnancy I would’ve thought you had gone mad. God has blessed me with a perfect balance of enjoying being pregnant and resting in that grace AND with just the right amount of speaking opportunities without over-doing it. I found out that I was pregnant in September 2015 – between then and now I’ve had the honor of sharing the word of God from Georgia to California and a few other states between. I love the stories that I have to share with Auden once he is grown of how together, with him in my stomach, that we witnessed and preached the word of God across the United States. However, I have also honestly loved this season of focusing more on whats best for baby Auden and resting in the fact that God will bring the right times to share His message in His own time after this season is finished.
A motto that I’ve lived by is that, “When the grace is gone, it’s time to move on.” I believe that God gives us the grace to handle things that we wouldn’t be able to handle on our own – and likewise, I believe that sometimes He only gives us that grace for a certain period of time and when that grace has moved on then so should we. This new grace that God has given me for the past months during pregnancy is a grace that I believe God may give me throughout periods of time as I raise my children – still allowing me to walk in my own purpose as a writer, speaker, minister – but also in my new calling as a mother as well. I always hope to be able to balance both – my calling in my purpose & my calling in my children – with a new grace that God will give with each new day. I know that going into this new season – from pregnancy to infancy – that there will be challenges to overcome and new things to learn. What a wonderful life to be able to figure out the perfect balance between two things I love so much. I won’t always get it right, but I do believe that with the grace of God I will learn and be the best that I can be.
Thank you Lord, for your grace.
Photo: One of our favorite places to get a quick get-a-way vacation in is the Ritz-Carlton Lodge in Greensboro, GA with it being only a couple of hours away from where we live. Cameron surprised me with a birthday weekend trip there to enjoy the swimming pools and a maternity massage – a swimming pool to a pregnant woman is one of the greatest things you can imagine! I just wanted to go from pool to pool feeling lighter than a feather and to find some relief in the coolness of the water! This photo was taken at the walkway connecting the lodge to the spa.
Dress: Gap Maternity