Have you ever had this anticipation for your life of something unknown? Not knowing what to expect, but knowing it would be delightful.
After my third son, Jabez, was born and we found ourselves pregnant again just five months later, I had this building anticipation. You see, after three sons, I knew how much joy another boy would bring, along with noise, messes, smells, knock knock jokes, basketballs, muddy shoes, bodily fluids on the toilet, flatulence, dinosaurs, cars, and video games. And I couldn’t wait to do it all over again!
Except I had this anticipation.
Of pink. And purple. Fluff, frills, lace, ruffles, softness, glitter, baby dolls, and hair bows.
And although I didn’t know what to expect, I knew she would be delightful. And oh how she is!
My Lydia Grace. She is the opposite of her older brother, Jabez. Where he is jolly and laughs freely, she is serious and we have to work hard to get giggles. Where he is loud and chatters nonstop, she is quieter and talks just a little. Where he is a giant toddler, she is petite. And of course he’s a boy, with all his boyish charm, she’s a girl, with all of her girly charm.
She is so much more than what I could have anticipated. And oh how the boys love her more than I ever imagined they would; their “princess”, “precious”, and “sissy” (her nicknames from each of her big brothers). And of course, her Daddy’s “sweetheart”. My heart is so full!
How Blessed I am!
Our story and family are so unique; two wonderful, adopted sons, a miracle pregnancy ended in miscarriage followed by two, unexpected, healthy pregnancies and precious babies. And God has done this!
As you go about your life and your days, begin to anticipate the marvelous things God is going to do for you. We tend to expect and plan for the worst, but anticipation can help you count your blessings. You may not know what you’re anticipating or expecting, but you should know that it will be wonderful! Because His plans are good ones! Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that he has plans to prosper us, not to harm us. To give us a hope and a future. Anticipate that!
O, Lord, may we take your Word to heart with the promise of good plans. May we count our blessings through our anticipation of what you have to come for our lives. Bless the women who are in anticipation and bring forth blessings in many wonderful ways. Amen.