Gratitude in Huge Life Changes

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” – Psalm 9:1 

My husband and I always knew we wanted kids. We also knew that it was in the Lord’s hands, and we would end up having kids if and when He willed it.

Well…turns out that early 2019 was our time!

When I found out that my due date was November 29th, I remember laughing out loud. Black Friday, I thought. Right smack dab in the middle of the holidays! Thanksgiving is sure going to be interesting this year!

All throughout my pregnancy, my husband and I have been making jokes about doing all my shopping from the delivery room, and my grandfather, born November 28th, is hoping that he might have a birthday buddy.

These things are funny, and I believe my husband (a pastor) and I have had a good sense of humor about it all, but the truth is…more than anything, we are grateful.

Grateful because we have too many friends, know too many people who are struggling to get pregnant. We thought, for some time, that we had waited too long, that I was too old, that I might end up being more like my own mother than not, and have difficulty keeping a baby. 

But when I saw that little purple plus sign on the pregnancy test…we knew that it was nothing less than God’s blessing in our lives, proof of His hand moving, of His provision and answer to prayer.

There have been times in our lives when God’s answers to our prayers have been nothing more than silence. Wait. Have patience. And there are also times where His answers have been loud and clear! 

One such time was a year ago, when my husband accepted the position of Associate Pastor at our church. It came after almost two full years of waiting, praying, seeking God’s guidance after an incredibly difficult transition from our last church. It was an immensely exciting time in our lives. We moved and resettled, met and got to know our new church family, adjusted to our new lives…

And less than five months later, we found out we were pregnant with our first! Talk about God moving in big ways!

Huge life changes, like moving for a new job and expecting a brand-new baby, can be incredibly scary and overwhelming. But I have learned, through all the hurt and all the excitement, that we ought to be grateful, as God is so good, and it is His orchestration in our lives that brings those blessings before us.

Recount all His wondrous deeds, each and every day! 

~ Kate

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