25 Feb First Trimester Faith
First Trimester Faith: Why We Are Only 8-Weeks Pregnant And Not Keeping It a Secret
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must beleive that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” ~Hebrews 11:6
This past month, I have fought spotting, cramping, the flu, and all-day sickness (nausea and vomiting) as our family found out we are pregnant with our third child.
Every time I thought I’d keep our pregnancy a secret and wait for the risk of miscarriage to drastically decrease, the Holy Spirit led me (for some reason) to tell another family member or friend.
I have finally come to the conclusion that, by faith, I am supposed to share this wonderful news of our pregnancy. God has not blessed me with such an amazing gift for me to keep quiet.
Having experienced the hurt and pain of miscarriage, a huge part of me wants to keep my pregnancy a secret. But as I trust in God, I am challenged beyond my flesh. There are some of our reasons for sharing our pregnancy news early:
- needing my prayer warriors to keep me lifted
- creating my support network
- not being good at keeping secrets and not liking to lie
- experiencing the excitement
- practicing faith
Miracles from heaven
From reading other blogs and talking with other women, I realize that miscarriage may be more common in the first trimester. But we are never really clear of this possibility or many others. The entire process of pregnancy, labor, and delivery is a miracle from heaven and a gift from God. It is my ever-growing faith in Him that allows me to want to share my journey from the first trimester to birth and beyond.
As I mentioned before, I’ve experienced cramping and spotting early on. I also caught the flu. And now I’m experiencing nausea and vomiting. None of which I experienced with my first two children.
Additionally, I was recently diagnosed with Thalassemia, which apparently runs in my family. And as I learn more about that, I plan to share information on it as well. But I have to believe that God is with me through it all, and everything is going to be alright.
I’m not sure what this pregnancy will bring, but I am learning to count it all as joy. Like Paul, I will praise the Lord (who is sovereign) even in the midst of pain.
During pregnancy, there’s so much that can worry us. But remember that if it’s worth worrying about, it’s worth praying about. Babies truly are a gift from God. And although we live in a broken world, God truly does know what is best for us, our children (born and unborn), and our families. Trust Him and his process. He has never failed me yet, and He won’t fail you either.
It is my prayer that my journey will encourage you in yours. Some of you may not be pregnant with a baby, but you are pregnant with a calling or a dream in your heart. I plan to address this as well, as I too feel the Lord birthing ideas/projects within me simultaneously. Let’s prepare for labor and delivery together!