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Pressing on

I am happy to report the comments feature on the blog works.  I know this because I have had the thankless task of checking the comments to ensure they truly are spam before I delete them. I hadn’t counted on that when I considered doing a blog.

Isn’t that how life is though? So many times we underestimate the commitment we are making. Everything takes time and money, and usually it takes more time and money than we think. But I’m not one to step away from a challenge, especially when I know I am probably underestimating the value of the project.

Confession time, I usually underestimate the value of the work I do. It is easy to do, because the work I do is so much a part of my everyday existence that it does not seem unique, special or that it contributes much to the world at large. But I do it anyway. I started my work because I was called to do it, and I continue my work to the best of my ability not for the accolade, but because God has given me this task.

Philippians 3:12-13

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

I had always thought of this as a verse talking about something special, something big and unique. But tonight I am thinking about this verse in terms of the little, the mundane and the unnoticed. I am called to share with expectant families, and to do that I press on.

  • I press on through the deleting of spam comments and email.
  • I press on through the days of not knowing what to say.
  • I press on through the fear of losing study time.
  • I press on though I don’t think what I do is a big deal
  • I press on though it means I give up other things
  • I press on when I am tired, or feeling weak, or have more questions than solid answers
  • I press on despite feeling like I am grossly under qualified to be an authority on Christian anything
  • I press on regardless of how humbling it is to bear my soul to the world, to receive criticism for who I am and what I believe
  • I press on because God has called me to share, and I am willing to follow where he leads me

Growing closer to God during pregnancy is no different than growing closer to God at any other time in your life; just the topic of most of your questions are a little more focused. I say all this because in a few years, you will be amazed at where God has led you. Pressing on through the small things, growing one step at a time, this is normal.  You are normal. Following God is not always easy, it doesn’t always feel good and sometimes the little tasks are not fun. So we press on.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas and childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student in a nursing program learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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