I wrote a little bit the other day about the news of my pregnancy that we found out right before New Year’s Eve, and about living by faith in this New Year. I write this as much for me as for my readers, and hope that these words can offer encouragement to the both of us.
I’ve had a lot of fear and anxiety the past few days, as I await speaking with my doctor’s office tomorrow to schedule my first prenatal appointment, as well as some scary symptoms that I have experienced off and on that have at times made me wonder if everything is okay. Baby seems fine for now, but I’ve been doing a lot of praying and trying to keep God’s Word in my mind as I hope for the best, but try to mentally prepare for the “what if” of something going wrong. Because of the miscarriage that we suffered last August, it’s an intensely joyful yet angst-filled pregnancy this time around.
I’m studying some Bible verses on fear, and I’m finding comfort in knowing and remembering that no matter what, His strength is there, and that I am not walking alone. Let’s take a look at some of the ones I’ve found so far:
Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me (NKJV).” – This one is a great encouragement because again, it lets me know that I’m not walking through the valley alone. Our Shepherd watches over us with great care and leads us down the right path.
Psalm 115:11 “You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.” – Because of who God is, I can trust Him in the outcome. He is my help and my shield.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – Here Jesus is talking to the disciples to let them know that it’s getting close to time for Him to be crucified and resurrected. He is letting them know that though He is going away shortly to prepare a place for His people in Heaven, He is leaving with them His peace. This encourages me today because I know that I can call on Him and receive His peace also.
Psalm 56:3 “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” -This verse reminds me again of the word trust. I can trust that God is good and that He knows best.
Psalm 112 begins with the verse, “Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.” Then it goes on to say in verse 7, “He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” – This tells me that I don’t have to be afraid of bad news because I can still trust that the Lord is good.
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” – This shows the loving character of God, our Heavenly Father, and reminds me of His tender mercy, and also of the way in which He has already saved me through the cross.
Are all of these verses easier said than done? Absolutely, as least for me they are. But it’s a great comfort to know that through His Word, He has given us many reassurances that He is there, shepherding His flock and walking us through whatever life may throw at us.
Yes, I am going to keep on praying for my child, and having faith that everything will be all right, but I will commit to trust in Him no matter what because I can trust that He is good. I will no doubt have more times of anxiety the further along I get, but I can have faith in a God who sees me, knows me, loves me and cares about the things and the people in my life. After all, if my precious child means so much to my husband and I, how much more does he/she mean to the Creator?
I hope this has perhaps brought a little encouragement to you today, as writing this down did for me. We serve a mighty God who loved us so much His own Son came down to endure the agony of the cross so that He could bring His children home. And He’ll walk with you and me every step of the way along this rough and bumpy road called life.
“Heavenly Father, I thank You that You are always there, in good times and in bad. Please forgive me when I fail to trust You. Help me to have faith that You are good even in difficult circumstances. Be with this pregnancy, Lord, for You know what’s best. I pray that if it is possible, our baby would be born healthy with no complications. Please draw me closer to You during this time, and for anyone reading this, please draw them closer to You also. Ease our fears, Lord, and reassure us through Y0ur Word and Your Holy Spirit that You are here right beside us, going before us, in whatever we are walking through. I pray that this situation in my life will glorify You, Father, and I thank You for Your overwhelming love and grace that You’ve already given me time and time again. Help us to be filled with Your perfect love that casts out fear, Father. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”