Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
is it that my wife is pregnant, but I am the one gaining all of the weight? I
has got me thinking, though, about all of my wife’s pregnancy cravings. She
hasn’t really ventured into anything too weird, like pickles dipped in peanut
butter, or stuff along those lines. And I am grateful for that. I was never
looking forward to the midnight runs to the grocery store for sardines and
caramel sauce. Her cravings have been mostly standard, yet surprising, food
first it was orange soda. We almost bought stock in the beverage company she
was guzzling the soda pop so fast. Then we realized that particular brand of orange
soda had caffeine, and many healthcare professionals discourage caffeine intake
during pregnancy, so that craving was nipped in the bud.
it delved into milkshakes. The thick and creamy ones from a popular fast food
joint were a favorite. Until she learned I could make them at home just as
good. She traded back and forth between chocolate, chocolate peanut butter and
strawberry banana flavored milkshakes. All three flavors got a thumbs up in my
book. In fact, I think I’ll go make me a milkshake as soon as I am finished
writing this essay. (I just answered my initial question. This is why I am the
one gaining all of the pregnancy weight. J )
it has been peanut butter and jelly sandwiches she is craving. Maybe that is
why kids love them so much when they are growing up. Because all their moms ate
PB & J while they were in utero. I guess we just revert back to the
familiar. I ate sooooooo many peanut butter and jelly “samiches” as a kid. A
certain quantity of peanut butter flows through my veins, I am positive of it.
only six weeks to go, who knows what food it will be next. But I am guessing it
will be delicious. And maybe she’ll let me have a bite!
blessing in this cravings distraction is it allows my wife and me to focus on
something else rather than worry about the difficulties with her pregnancy and
the health of our unborn son. That is in God’s hands and in Philippians 4:6-7 He
has commanded us not to worry or be anxious. If we avoid worrying, He will
grant us peace, even in the midst of the uncertainty.
are still in the dark, so to speak, about autism at this juncture. That
diagnosis does not come until much later. Still, there are so many other health
risks to be concerned about at this point. So I am grateful to God that he did
not burden us with the fear of autism as well. We were already on edge.
My wife craved certain
foods during her pregnancy. But during all times of our lives, we should crave
after God’s word. If we do, we’ll learn not to worry and earn the promise of
God’s peace. What worry keeps you up at night? What in your life write now is
making you anxious? Turn it over to the Prince of Peace. Write a prayer in your
journal confessing your worry and counter it with praises and thanksgiving to
the God who is always in control.
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