Lent and Our Little One

Lent and Our Little One

Last year Lent was an emotional roller coaster for us. We decided to give up meat and go vegetarian. However, a couple days into Lent, I realized I was pregnant. Out of fear of depriving my body of protein during early pregnancy, we started eating meat again. Lent was a new idea to us anyways. It is not a tradition that most churches of Christ practice.

A week before Easter we learned that I had a blighted ovum. Easter weekend my body fully committed to the miscarriage. I still remember one of our elders bringing over a white Easter Lily to remind us that not every Easter would feel so solemn. It was a symbol of hope in the future God had for us.

Though I am pregnant, this year feels very different. I am 33 weeks along and Rebekah is due the day after Easter Sunday. It is a little unsettling that she is due the same weekend we lost our first child; yet, it brings me comfort.

Mitch and I decided to participate in Lent again this year. Though it is not ordained in scripture, I see great worth in taking a set amount of time to cut superfluous things from our life so that we can better focus on Christ.

As a result, this year I am going about Lent in a two-fold manner:
1. Cutting something out of my life.
2. Adding in its place a new spiritual endeavor.

My sister-in-law bought Rebekah a beautiful, leather-bound journaling Bible. We are going to pass it around the family so everyone can write in it and underline and share favorite verses. I decided to tie it into my personal focus for Lent, since Rebekah is due at the end of Lent.

What I’m adding: For the next 40 days, I will dedicate the first 15-30 minutes of my morning to prayer and journaling. This start to my morning will allow me to pray specifically for Rebekah and the plans God has for her. Each morning in my journal I will pick a beloved verse that I wish to underline in Rebekah’s Bible and share with her.

What I’m sacrificing: Despite my baser urges, I will not hit snooze and hide under my covers, or behind my cup of coffee, or jump straight into blogging or frantically joining linkups (that all the East-coast people hit at 4AM my time). But rather, I will take specific time in prayer over Rebekah. Each day I will write down a verse to share with her in her Bible and to give me peace and confidence as we move toward her due date.

My hope and prayer is that this process will move me closer to Jesus as we move closer to holding our little one in our arms. May he work on my heart and prepare me for parenthood. I also pray that in the years to come, these collected verses will bring peace and encouragement to Rebekah. I know they will strengthen my soul.

In case you are curious, Mitch is also participating in Lent. But he is sacrificing phone time while we are in the bedroom. In its place, he hopes we can have better prayer time together, conversation, and connection. He also wants to spend more time reading to enrich his soul and ministry. He is currently reading The Prayer of Jabez. 

{Yarn Along Wednesday–February 18}

Baby Cardigan

I am continuing on Rebekah’s pink infant cardigan. I did not make as much progress as I had hoped, but I am enjoying the pattern so far. I am about to start the body of the cardigan, which means learning a new stitch. I love adding new stitches to my repertoire!

I am also finishing up Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. It is SO much more engaging and interesting to me than the Bradley Method book. However, we are gleaning good information from both!

I am also preparing for a much needed fiction break. I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction, which is unusual for me. I connect to literature through stories. Fortunately, books like Ina May’s are still full of anecdotes and real-life stories.  Nonetheless, when I look at the stack of books next to my bed, I see a lot of nonfiction. Mostly books on family ministry and baby preparation books–can you tell what is on my mind?

Nonetheless, I am desperately looking forward to curling up with The Northwoods Hymnal by Luke Hawley. Winner of a Nebraska Book reward, and written by a multi-talented man Mitch and I loosely know, I have been anticipating reading it for quite some time. It will be a welcome break. It even comes with downloadable songs to accompany the short stories. My only fear is that it will make me terribly homesick for the Midwest. I plan on sharing more about it, after I have read it. 🙂

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Do you participate in Lent? If so, what are your plans? What books are stacked next to your bed? 😉 And, finally, feel free to leave links in the comments to projects you are working on or linkup at Yarn Along Wednesday! 

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12 thoughts on “Lent and Our Little One

  1. I love the idea of journaling in a Bible for Rebekah before she is even born! What an incredibly beautiful legacy to prepare for her. I have never really actively participated in Lent, but I have been reading about so many bloggers’ journeys during this season that I am going to have to give this some thought. This time of year is so very special–as we approach Easter–and I do wish C of C would do a bit better about celebrating the new life that Easter represents. 😉 In any case, I will have to give this some thought.
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    • I think the concept behind Lent can be done any time of year, or all year! Both last year and this year it just felt very timely for us. I agree that Easter is a beautiful time of year. I love celebrating that we worship a risen Lord and Savior! It also feels like God placed it perfectly in Spring when the whole earth is being renewed and reborn after winter. Quite poetic! 🙂

  2. i think it is rather beautiful and redeeming that Rebecca is due that same weekend. Wow. I’ve never participated fully in Lent though our church has done a 40 Days of Water challenge, where you give up all beverages besides water and save the money you would have spent on coffee, pop, etc to be given to a charity that builds wells.
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    • I agree Catherine. I decided a couple months ago that it was rather beautiful that we would receive Rebekah around the same time last year that we lost our last child. 40 Days of Water sounds like a great idea! My husband is a youth minister, so something like that could be really fun and purposeful to do with our youth group! 🙂

  3. Interestingly, my two things to do for Lent is nearly worded the same as yours! However, mine is geared toward getting debt free, making the many sacrifices to make that happen, getting others to participate and be solid with me on it, because it affects their lives too. Secondly, being a better me, and getting away from things that prevent me from being the person I ought to be….thankyou for your inspiration. And about being due with Rebekah the same week as losing Cadence….its kind of like a rainbow. There was sadness, but now happiness. There was trouble, now a way. Our lives ebb and flow…like a rainbow

    • It’s true. I have come to appreciate the ebb and flow of life. 🙂 The Lord gives and takes away, but blessed be his name through it all. Those sound like great goals! Let us know if there is any way we can help support you in your journey to being debt free! It is worth it. Even when it requires sacrifice on your part and on the part of those around you. Though we still sometimes feel financially stretched, I know if we still had student loans and a car payment, we would really feel overwhelmed right now, especially with so much money going toward health insurance!

  4. I love the Rebekah blog stories. They always remind me how merciful God has been to you and Mitch. He saw your pain, then knit your body and heart back together so that he could pour more blessings into your life and marriage. We are so excited for the birth of your baby girl. Love all three of you!

  5. I’m keeping a Bible journal for my oldest daughter, she’s almost 17. My plan is to present this to her when she moves out. Then I will hopefully continue the tradition for the rest of my children. If it doesn’t go as planned, back up is to have a marked Bible for each of my children some day. So each year I will start with a fresh Bible.
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  6. There are so many things I could say about this post. First, I’m so sorry for your loss. We had a miscarriage after our son and it’s heartbreaking. However, congratulations on your beautiful blessing!

    Also, I really enjoyed Ina May’s book as well…I found it really helpful in my birth preparations!

    Thank you so much for linking up with the Ladies Collective Linkup. Hope to see you again Wednesday at http://www.bestofbabylady.com!

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