I can’t believe it’s the end of November already. Where did this past month go?! Life has been full for us, as always with our family and with other ministry. For Peter – speaking in various settings, spending time with lots of people, and preparing for full months of preaching in December and January. For me – homeschooling, church activities and relationships, running the household, and managing to fit in some reading here and there (I aim to put some new book reviews on the site soon).
I am feeling really excited about the baby coming . . . I am 31 weeks now so it’s nearly time for the countdown. I am definitely feeling an urge to nest and prepare for the baby’s arrival. I need to finish some Christmas preparations first, then I can start getting the practical things ready for the baby. I don’t want to leave it too late as Christmastime will be busy and then I’ll be in my last few weeks. I’ve been doing a bit of reading about childbirth (it’s been 5 years, so some refreshing is in order) and have been fascinated by what I’ve been learning – a lot of it to do with the role that fear plays in a labour and birth. I have been inspired to view the birth, not as something to dread and fear, but as something to joyfully look forward to, to approach it with faith and to trust my body to do what God designed it to do. I’ve got a prayer card made with specific requests about the birth, of course trusting God to do what He sees best. If you want to pray with me, email me and I’ll share some of what we are praying for with you. In the meantime, the whole family is enjoying feeling our baby’s kicks and wriggles. Hannah loves to kiss my belly and the children especially enjoy it when the baby gets the hiccups. 🙂
I’ll post some photos now, so you can see a bit of what we’ve been up to. Even though we didn’t really celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we are thankful for so much!
Thanks so much for your prayers for us. December promises to be a busy month. Peter will be preaching for the first 3 Sundays, morning and evening, focusing on Christ as Prophet, Priest and King. Please pray for him as he prepares and for hearts to be changed as they listen to God’s Word. Pray for me to stay peaceful in heart and devote enough time to things I need to do, as well as taking plenty of time to rest (which I know is important but easier said than done!). Pray that Peter and I will stay close to Christ and to each other. Please pray for our children’s heart to really be touched by God during the Christmas season too.