But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

DEVOTION – MAY 12, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas, grandmas, mamas-to-be, foster moms, moms of angels, and women who are waiting for their time to become a mama! I hope you all feel so very loved and celebrated on this day!

As a mama-to-be, this Mother’s Day is full of anticipation and excitement for me. I’ve always known I wanted to be a mom, so it’s hard to put into words how I feel about counting down the days until I get to meet my baby. Even through the excitement and joy of becoming a mom, I know all too well that the journey to motherhood–and motherhood itself–isn’t always easy.

Last spring, my husband and I decided we wanted to be parents and just a few months later, we found out we were going to have a baby. We were thrilled and terrified and everything in between. About a week after we found out, I miscarried and we lost our baby.

We immediately saw God working in the situation and in the people around us and we knew that we had two options. We could let this wreck us and our relationships with each other and with God. Or we could trust–we could trust that God is so good, that his plan is perfect, and that he is with us and lifting us up through our suffering.

A verse that helped me during this time is Isaiah 40:31 and I think it’s such a good reminder today. In this verse, God is promising that he will be there with us when we are weary. He will lift us up out of our weary places and help us soar.

Whether you’re a full-time mama who is exhausted and needing a break, or a mama-to-be who is (im)patiently waiting to meet your baby, or if your patience is being worn down by the process of trying to become a mama, this promise is for you. God sees you and hears you. He adores you and wants to lift you out of your weary place. All you have to do is lean into him and trust him with everything you have.

PRAYER

Father,

Thank you so much for this day! Thank you for the wonderful promise found in Isaiah 40:31 and everything that it reveals about you. We know that we will face trials in this life, but knowing that you will be with us through everything is so comforting. Father, please help us to trust you fully and teach us how to be a light and an encouragement to others.

Amen.

Alanna Gaskins

Crossings KIDS Graduate Resident
agaskins@crossings.church

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