Deirdre Tolhurst Author, Speaker, Blogger

Note:  Sample pages from the 241 powerful devotions in Dear Child of Mine follow.  To save space, the lines for writing on are only shown on the first devotion.

You are Pregnant!

“Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”” (Genesis 1:28 NLT)

You are pregnant! What a most wonderful thing to be! God Himself has chosen you to be the mother of one of His precious children! What an awesome gift He gave you―rearing and raising a life. He has faith in you!

There is a reason why He has made this pregnancy possible at this time in your life. There is a reason why he chose a particular man to be your baby’s father over all other men. God has a plan for each of us, and the Bible tells us this, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

We may not know what that plan is, but we should take comfort in the words “to prosper and not to harm you”. God would never hurt us. He wants us to be prosperous and give us hope and a future! God Himself! He loves us with a love we can’t begin to comprehend. We have grown up in this world, as your child will, and we know that evil, hate, lies, and filth exist in this world. It doesn’t seem the place to bring a beautiful, brand-new life, does it?

No it doesn’t. And these days, as dark or dim as they may appear, are yet like the days of old when the earth was younger. There was disease, greed, mayhem, chaos, hate, and evil all around, just like now. And yet God still loved each one of those sinners with an immeasurable love. He didn’t love their sins―that hurt Him―but He loved each person He created. Although the world was dark and it didn’t seem like a time when a righteous person would even want to bring a child into it, He chose a young girl, a teenager named Mary, to be the mother of the greatest Man who ever lived―His only Son, Jesus. His angels told her to call Him Jesus, which means, “Yahweh is salvation.”

There are two things of importance to note here. First, the almighty God chose Mary. The Bible says that she was highly favored by God. She didn’t dispute what the angel told her―that she would conceive without a man and give birth to the Son of the Highest (Luke 1:26–38 NIV).

The second is that God chose that time and that place for Jesus to come. The world was in desperate need of God’s mercy and grace, and He gave His Son, the Bright Morning Star (Rev 22:16 NIV). He loved us so much that He gave Jesus, whom He loved so that we would not die but instead live forever with Him (John 3:16). All we had to do was believe in Him.

There is ugliness to this world because it is cloaked in man’s sin. The people are filled with wickedness, and those who try to remain righteous are bombarded daily with the lies and filth of this world. The Bible says in Psalm 27:13–14, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!”

So it is not easy to be good in all things, but God understands that. He knows you and what you are capable of, and He knows you better than you do. After all, He created you with all that you would need to raise His child. Don’t put much heed into the world, or what it looks like. There is a light―a beautiful and holy light that can’t be snuffed out or even hidden. It is the light of Jesus Christ Himself, and if you just ask, He will guide you in all righteousness and help you with every decision you make from today until the day you die. He chose you to be the mother of this precious life within you! He sees your child and its life. He is in your womb, forming that life, even as you read these words!


What has already happened inside you? Well, between the moment of conception and six weeks, many things! First, let me tell you that I am using the gestational age calendar, not the fetal age calendar. What does that mean? Well, it means that when you miss your first period it is probably only two weeks after conception. But it is thought of as four weeks medically, because it is very hard to determine the exact moment of conception, so doctors use the first day of your last period as a guide (gestational age).

Weeks One Through Four 

You are most likely in the first trimester of your pregnancy while reading this, which includes week’s one through twelve―the first three months. Week 1 is the week of your last menstrual cycle. There are forty weeks in a human pregnancy, and it typically lasts 266 days from when the egg is fertilized.

Your child was formed from a single cell, the human egg, which is smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. A sperm from the father fertilized the egg cell, which is the beginning of a new life. The cell that resulted from the sperm fertilizing the egg cell is called a zygote.

This zygote contains all the genetic information (DNA) necessary to become a child. The miraculous process is that your baby began to form from this single fertilized egg. Immediately it became a life and distinguished itself as a boy or girl! The baby’s gender is determined by the father’s sperm chromosome, not by anything the mom does or contributes. The cell then starts to divide itself into two cells, then four, eight, and so on very quickly. Forty-six chromosomes combined (half from the father’s sperm and half from your egg) and they have predetermined all of your child’s physical characteristics. This means your baby already has the characteristics of what color hair he or she will have, what color eyes, how tall, how heavy, and even if your baby will have moles or freckles or birthmarks. Your fertilized egg continued floating down your fallopian tube towards your uterus, dividing rapidly as it went.

In a very short while―about eighty hours, just a little over three days after being fertilized―this little zygote moved into your uterus. About three days after that it began the implantation process into your uterine wall. Finding the place to implant itself, the zygote burrowed beneath the surface of your uterus. Now called a blastocyst, the fertilized egg is a fluid-filled cluster of fifty to sixty cells multiplying like crazy. All of this happened in five to eight days after the sperm fertilized your egg! In one week’s time, your rapidly developing embryo is already 1/100th of an inch long! How big is that? If you look at a ruler and try to draw one hundred lines between the zero and the one-inch marks, one of those spaces would be the equivalent.

How amazing! Your baby, although not resembling you yet (it was still a circle of cells at this point), already has all the characteristics of what it will look like, and the baby doesn’t stop growing! These cells keep multiplying and multiplying. And guess what? Anytime up until fourteen days, the embryo can reproduce itself and form a twin! This is how an identical twin is formed! So even though you possibly haven’t even skipped a period yet, new life is growing inside you―and you may even be carrying twins! At this point you probably had no idea you were pregnant, but not only did God know, He was there! And He already knew your child and had plans for it.

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16 NIV)

Do you see the beauty in this wonderful verse? Not only did God see your baby, but He saw you unformed in your own mother’s womb, and planned your life too! He knew that today you would have the thoughts you have. He has always known you, since before the earth was even formed! And He has loved you every step of the way! And your own little baby, who is so small, has been set apart by almighty God Himself, just as He set you apart. He has lifelong plans for both of you. He made you unique and He is making your baby unique as well. I know it can be very difficult to understand some things, and we certainly can’t understand much about how or why God does the things He does, but we can rest in knowing He loves us. Some things are not for us to understand. We just accept them as faith.

King Solomon, accredited with being the wisest man who ever lived, said, “As you do not know the path of the wind or how the body is formed in the mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the maker all things” (Ecclesiastes 11:5 NIV).

So what happened to your body these first weeks? While so much is happening to your baby, your body was also changing in order to accommodate your child. When the blastocyst implanted, it started to release a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) into your blood stream. The levels of this hormone are what were detected when you had a positive pregnancy test. They start very low, but in just a few days, the concentration quickly increases to produce physical signs of pregnancy in you. These hormonal signals told your uterine lining to stay where it was and not disintegrate as it would when you have your period. Your first symptoms may have included a strange taste in your mouth, or your breasts may feel slightly different. These could have been the first signs you were pregnant and a baby was burrowing into your uterine wall. Your baby was the size of a pinhead when this happened!

Weeks Five Through Eight

During the second month (weeks five through eight), your baby develops rapidly. By the end of this second month, all the major body organs and body systems―to include the brain, lungs, liver, and stomach―have already developed! The first bone cells appear. The eyelids were formed and developed, but the eyes will stay shut for now. Your tiny baby has its inner ear forming, and ankles, toes, wrists, fingers, and sexual organs are developing. At the end of this second month, at week 8―which is six weeks after conception, your baby looks like a tiny human infant! In boys, the penis is starting to form, in girls, the vagina is forming.

If you were to have an ultrasound done at the end of this second month, you would have the joy of seeing your little baby wiggling and waving! You won’t feel a thing though, because your baby is so small. But at eight weeks, your baby has distinct facial features! Medically, your child is now called a fetus. Because so much is happening at this time, it is imperative that you are free of drugs and viruses, and stay away from any pesticides because these can cause birth defects.

And what about you, Mom? You may have begun to feel pregnant by the end of the second month. Your period stopped, and because your hormones increased, the milk ducts in your breasts increased―possibly causing them to swell and/or feel tender. You may have morning sickness and heavy-duty mood swings. You may tire easily, or you may have to urinate more often than before.

As you learn about these changes and you understand that your body is causing you such symptoms, continue to pray and allow God to keep you on the right track. Watch what you say to others in a moment of heated passion. Your spouse and children could easily become the brunt of your hormonal changes.

Ask the Lord to get you through this time with patience and enthusiasm. Remember, out of the mouth the heart speaks, and the power of life and death is in the tongue!

Note:  I had intended to begin this book at week 8, but when I discovered all that happens at week 6, I felt I must begin there.

One last thing―remember that each baby develops differently and the timing may be slightly different too. These precise developments are estimates only. All babies will develop in the same order, but some may be slower or quicker than others.

May God bless you and your baby as you now begin to read each day’s devotion aloud to His glorious creation within you!

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Week 6

(4 Weeks After Conception)

Baby

  • Is 0.15 inch (.038cm) long, weighs 0.01 ounce (0.28g), and is slightly smaller than a raisin.
  • The spinal cord is beginning to close.
  • The first blood cells and blood vessels are developing.
  • Blood flows through the blood vessels.
  • A pipe-shaped heart begins to beat.
  • The brain divides into five parts.
  • Optic pits form to start the development of the eyes.
  • Cells that will be arms and legs are in place.
  • The placenta begins functioning.
  • Tissues that will become ears are already on the sides of the head.
  • All the major body organs and systems are formed.


 Mom

  • You are more tired than usual.
  • You may experience headaches.


 Oh my goodness! So much is going on inside you! God is working every second whether you are awake or asleep, to form and develop your baby. Can you believe it―already there is a beating heart, blood of life, and a rapidly developing brain! The optic pits are formed; and soon there will be eyes and ears!

It can be a little scary finding out how we were formed, but God molds and designs each one of us with His own hands! We are so mightily blessed because He, the Author and Finisher of our faith, saw us further back in time than we can even fathom. And here you are today on the beginning of an amazing journey! Don’t fear—He is within you and all around you. Call on Him in your weakness and strength, He is just and worthy and will answer your call.

Your baby can feel your emotions, even though you don’t have any physical outward appearance to go on. You are chosen because God saw something very special in you, and He has a plan for both you and your baby. You are blessed! Rejoice! Your baby’s heart beats!

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Week 6, Day 1―Trust

Dear Child of Mine,
I almost can’t believe that I am pregnant! I haven’t been feeling quite myself, but I didn’t realize why. I am your mommy! I have been very tired, and now I know why. You are growing rapidly inside me and my hormones are rising, giving me an occasional headache. I have mixed emotions. I’m excited about being pregnant and a little scared of the next eight months too. I will love you and I will take care of myself so you will be healthy.

Dear Father God,
I love You! I am going to have a baby! That makes me a little nervous. I am excited, but I don’t know what to expect. Am I ready for this? Will we have a healthy baby? Will I be a good mom? Will we be able to afford a baby? Who will he look like? Will it hurt having a baby?

Father I give these concerns over to You. I lay them at the cross of Jesus because they are too much for me. I know that You already know my child’s name and face, and each day of his life. I trust You to help me through the next eight months. I love You and I am so glad I have You in my life to see me through. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.―Matthew 11:28
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Week 6, Day 2―Your Heart Beats

Dear Child of Mine,
God is showing us love! Your heart is the first major organ to form, and it begins beating on the twenty-fifth day after conception, which is about six weeks after my last cycle. You have a heartbeat that can be detected! I will shower you with my love, as I am being showered. I love you! I am not surprised that God, who is so full of love, would make the heart the first working organ. Right now, it is pipe-shaped. Though you are only .15 of an inch (3.8cm) long and smaller than a raisin, you are a heart-beating human being! God is awesome!

Dear Father God,
My baby’s heart beats! My baby is not just a blob of flesh, my baby is alive! Father, please give her a heart of love that she may love You with all of it, all the days of her life. Please help me to let her know how much You love her. Let every beat of her heart bring her strength. I love You Lord, and I thank You that I will, and already do, love her. Give her a heart to love her parents, and a desire to love others as herself. Give her a kind heart. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.―Ephesians 3:19

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Week 6, Day 3―Your Spine Closes

Dear Child of Mine,
You are a miracle in the making! You are only six weeks along on this journey to being born and yet you are going through amazing things. Your spinal cord is beginning to close. Right now your spine and spinal cord are the fastest growing parts of your body. I pray that you are blessed with a strong back that will carry you through life with no trouble. I love you, and I am amazed at how God works. He knows each part to make, and He makes them in His order.

Dear Father God,
Thank You that my child will have a strong and healthy spine to protect his body. Thank You that he has a straight spine and not a crooked one. Although he doesn’t resemble me yet, he is perfect in every way. Adam didn’t resemble You either when he was dust. It wasn’t until You formed him and shaped him that he began to look like You. I know as the weeks go by he will quickly take on the characteristics of Your image. Thank You, Father, for his spine, which will hold his body upright. I love You tremendously. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.―Genesis 1:27

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 Week 6, Day 4―Your Brain

Dear Child of Mine,
What a wonder you are! You have a head and a trunk; and your body is taking shape. You are so very young, so small, and yet all your major body organs and systems are now formed! They are not fully developed yet, but they are in place. I stand in awe of our God who does such amazing things. You have a neural tube, which enlarges, into three parts; soon it will divide into five parts, becoming a very complex brain. I love you, even though I can’t even imagine you. It will take several months before I am big enough to show, but you are alive and growing within me! You have a brain, which will hold more information than the greatest computers because it wasn’t made by man for man, but by God for His good pleasure.

Dear Father God,
I rejoice in this miracle of life you have placed within me! I ask that You bless my child with healthy functioning organs. I ask that her brain thinks of You and places You in her most ordinary thoughts, so she is always aware. I pray that she thinks of others as higher than herself, and that You supply her with knowledge and wisdom to help others and to make this world a better place in the name of Jesus. Thank You Father, I love You, and I love my baby. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.―1 Corinthians 2:16

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Week 9
(Beginning of Third Month)
(7 Weeks After Conception)

Baby

  • Is .80 inches (2cm) long, and weighs about 0.70 ounce (2g).
  • The fingers and toes are well defined, although webbed.
  • Cartilage and bones begin to form.
  • The upper lip and nose tip are being formed.
  • The tongue is developing, and so is the larynx.
  • The eyelids are developed, but they will stay closed for months.
  • The main construction of the heart is complete.
  • She can flex her elbows and wrists.
  • The anus is being formed.
  • A fluid-filled amniotic sac protects the baby.
  • The brain waves can be measured.
  • The veins are clearly visible.
  • The ears, teeth, and palate continue to form.
  • Your baby swims.
  • Her heart is divided into four chambers and valves are being formed.
  • The tail is completely gone.


Mom

  • Mood swings are very common.


Praise God for the awesome things He is doing inside you. Only God could create something as wonderful as a child. You probably know that you are pregnant at this stage, and it must overwhelm you to know just how far along that tiny baby inside you has already come. This tiny little life can flex her elbows and wrists. One day she may cradle a baby of her own there. Your baby can swim, and she has brain waves that can be measured! So there has to be things going on in that little brain! I wonder what!

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Week 9, Day 2—The Heart Speaks

Dear Child of Mine,
The main construction of your heart is complete. The heart is so complex with its chambers and how it beats to pump your blood throughout your body. It has such an important physical purpose. And then there is the emotional heart, the one that breaks at sorrowful events, and skips a beat when seeing someone you love. It is also very spiritual, revealing the true person and their motives. I love you, and I pray that your heart stays pure, and that only goodness flows from it—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Dear Father God,
The heart reveals so much about a person, and if the heart is sick in any way, the entire person is affected. An evil heart—although not visible under any medical test—will destroy a person, while a merry heart does good, like medicine. Lord, please protect my child’s heart from physical, emotional, and spiritual dangers. I pray her heart is literally good in all ways and acts as a window toward Your kingdom that others may see You in her. I love You so much! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.—Proverb 17:22

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Week 20, Day 4—Time

Dear Child of Mine,
You are here because God has a very special plan for you. He has seen your entire life already! You are a blessed child of the Most High God. The Creator of all things loves you! He spends time molding your organs and forming your teeth and bones and letting you get to know Him. He always has time for you. He doesn’t use time like we do, His time is always right. Remember to keep Him first in your thoughts and actions. Give your time to Him before anyone else. It is the best investment you will ever make. I love you, little one!

Dearest Father God,
You are the Keeper of time, already knowing how many breaths we are allowed to take in our lifetime. I thank You for my baby. Thank You that she is growing and developing in the time You have determined is best! Thank You that I have the time to spend in wonderment of You and to enjoy each day of my pregnancy as a blessing from You! I love You so much, Father. Your love is life to me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
My times are in Your hand.—Psalm 31:15

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Week 21
(Fetal Age 19 Weeks)

Baby

  • Baby has grown to about ten and one-half inches (27cm) long, and weighs about 12.7 ounces (365g).
  • Baby is now steadily gaining weight, with fat being added to the body.
  • Bone marrow has started making blood cells, which the liver and spleen did until now.
  • Baby will now begin to absorb small amounts of sugar from swallowed amniotic fluid.
  • In girls, the vagina is formed and the ovaries already contain over six million eggs.
  • In boys, the testes begin to descend from the abdomen this week, but they won’t produce sperm until puberty.
  • Baby may respond to some types of music.


Mom

  • Increased oil production may cause (or worsen) any acne you may have.
  • You are more prone to varicose veins and or spider veins.


Because of the increased oil in your system, wash with gentle oil-free soaps or cleansers twice a day. Stay away from oral acne medications; some are very hazardous during pregnancy. Don’t take any topical acne products without first checking with your practitioner. To minimize varicose veins, exercise daily, prop your legs up whenever possible, sleep on your left side, and wear support maternity hose. Ask God to make you comfortable. He is always looking out for you.


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Week 21, Day 1—Sing

Dearest Child of Mine,
I sing praise to the Lord for your wonderful life! I sing a song of joy unto the Lord. When I worship our Savior you hear me and the rhythm of the sound makes you stir. You can hear and recognize my voice now, and I pray that you love the sound of worship songs. I give God praise for this! I love you, my little baby!

Dear Father God,
Let my worship be a sweet sound to Your ears. With all creation I sing of Your glory. My child is hearing me sing songs of love and joy to You, and of my deep and unending adoration of You. Please let her tiny heart love the music she hears. Thank You for music and the instruments made to calm and delight our soul. Thank You for the song writer's talent to stir up the hearts of man. I praise You! I sing for You! All the earth sings praise to You! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; they shall sing praises to Your name. Selah—Psalm 66:4

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Week 21, Day 4—You Are Unique

Dear Child of Mine,
I love knowing that God is gently forming you and that He has placed certain traits in you that are yours alone. Although you are a mixture of my family's genes and DNA and your father's family's DNA, you are completely unique. Even if you had twenty brothers and sister, each of you would be different. Only God can make us, and only He can make us different from the rest. I am so happy to be me, and I'm so glad you are you! You are part of me and part of your father, but all your own. I love you!

Dear Father God,
Thank You for making us all different. How boring it would be if we all looked, felt, and acted the same. I see uniqueness everywhere I look. There are probably thousands of types of trees. What makes them the same? They are all trees. Who makes an orange tree different from a pecan tree? You! And just as each fruit tree has different varieties to enjoy, so do the people You've made. What makes us the same? We're all human beings. Who made us different? You did! Thank You for my oneness. Thank You that my baby is different from every other one ever! I love You so much! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.—Psalm 139:14

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Week 34, Day 2—Trusting God

Dear Child of Mine,
You are healthy and whole and will be born in a little over a month! I have felt you moving around and rolling over. Your space is getting smaller and you are filling it nicely. If you haven’t already, soon you will turn head-down and get into position for birth! I know God has blessed us both and is preparing both of our bodies for that day. I love you my child, and God loves you too! You will be welcomed with joy on the day of your birth!

Dear Father God,
You are bringing my child and I through a wonderful journey. It’s hard for me to remember what life was like before I got pregnant. It almost seems like I have always anticipated my baby’s birth. Please bless him and keep him healthy and growing. Continue to reassure me that all is well and I have nothing to worry about. I love You and I thank You for loving us! I trust You that all is well within me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

For you are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.—Psalm 71:5
 

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Week 39, Day 6—Honor Your Parents

Dear Child of Mine,
You will honor your father and your mother because God commands it. There will be times that you won’t feel like it, but you will know the commandments and follow them. You may occasionally feel like we are too hard on you or too restrictive, but just as we have prayed over you since we found out we were being blessed with a baby, we will continue to pray over your life, asking God to lead us. We will pray always to do right by you by following God’s laws ourselves. I love you, now and always.

Dear Father God,
Help us to be the kind of parents that our child will naturally want to honor. Help us to walk in the understanding of your laws. Help us to love and forgive and to be examples of patience and confidence to our child. Let our actions be worthy of You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.—Exodus 20:12

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 Week 40
(Fetal Age 38 Weeks)

Baby

  • The average baby is about eighteen to twenty-one inches (46–53cm) long, and weighs anywhere from six to nine pounds (2.7-4kg).
  • Baby should be ready for birth, with legs tucked up to the chest and knees against the nose.
  • Your child’s head is soft and flexible to allow the child to pass through the birth canal.
  • A rapid flow of blood through the umbilical cord keeps it taut, preventing tangles.


Mom

  • You will feel more squirming and less rolling and kicking.
  • You may have achiness in your pelvic area, increased backache and heaviness, and more difficulty sleeping.
  • You may have more Braxton Hicks contractions, which could be painful, so practice your breathing.
  • Real contractions could begin at any time.


At birth, the placenta will detach from the side of the uterus and the umbilical cord will cease working as the baby takes its first breath. The breathing will trigger changes in the structure of the heart and bypass arteries which will force all blood to travel through the lungs. What a miracle! God is right there with you as you deliver. He has never left your side. What an awesome God we serve!

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Week 40, Day 1—My Due Date

Dear Child of Mine,
Today is my due date! I don’t know if I will deliver you today or not. What I do know is that I am so very excited, and I am so in love with our Lord Jesus for the work He has done inside me. I welcome you into my life and spiritually I give you to Him. I want you to know him as well as you know yourself, because in Him are all your answers and help. He will never leave nor forsake you. He will always forgive you and bring you into His embrace. He will shower His mercies upon you each day, and His grace will bless you. Our God is indeed an awesome God, who reigns and rules the earth and universe with love and compassion.

He loves you more than I ever could. As a new mom I am not afraid of ever being on my own, because I know He will give me the strength to face each new challenge with determination. I will seek His face and focus on Him to get me through.

I love you, my child, so much. I will continue to tell you every day, many times that I love you. But more importantly, I will also tell you every day, that God loves you. That is my desire—to tell you every day that God loves you.  I never want you to forget that truth, because it is the most important thing in your life to know. It must become part of who you are.

Dear Father God,
I am at my due date! My baby is ready and my heart is filled with joy and anticipation! With each hour that passes my excitement increases. I want the first words my child hears to be, “God loves you and so do I!” When he is placed in my arms and my voice is clear and no longer muffled, he will feel my love for You and for him as I speak those words of truth into his heart.

I trust You with all my heart that he will be a great man of faith and will lead many to the kingdom of God. I call him blessed and anointed. I declare him to be Yours, and I will teach him all I can about You. I will raise him in faith, and I will teach him to pray as Jesus taught His disciples to pray. We will give honor to You, Father, who is above all, and ask that Your kingdom be in our lives. It is our desire and our will to be one with Your will here on earth as it is in Heaven. We will ask You to give us what we need each day, and to forgive us for our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. We will pray that as You remind us, we will remember that You have given us a way out of each temptation we face. We will ask Your help in defeating the enemy and the evil that pervades this earth. And we will rejoice in You, Father, and acknowledge that everything in this world and universe and in the heavenlies all belong to You, and that the kingdom, power, and oh, the glory, what glory, are Yours forever and ever more!

Thank You Father, my Abba Father, for all the blessings in my life and those yet to come! I will seek first the kingdom of God and trust that You will be my Lamp, my Truth, and my Way! I will be the best mom I can be, because I have You to show me how!

I praise You and I worship You! And I give You glory and honor this and every day of my life. I love You beyond description and I know You love me even more. Thank You, thank You for my life and my child. You are more than generous! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.—Psalm 62:5

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Week 41, Day 2—Joy of Heart

Dear Child of Mine,
What a beautiful day it is to be alive! The sun is shining and the sky is blue. I hear children laughing and moms talking as they pass by my window. Very soon you will be born and I will hear the sound of your first cry. I pray that you find the joy that is in your heart and hold on to it through times of happiness and even sorrow. I see you as a happy child, one who is comfortable in her own skin. I love you, my little darling, and I know we will laugh and sing together for many years to come!

Dear Father God,
Thank You for giving us joy of heart! Thank You that we can laugh and sing. I pray my child will be a happy person. I bless her with lighthearted tenderness. I bless her to be a companion to the tired and weary, and an encourager to the forlorn. Let her wit be a welcomed characteristic, never sarcasm, but always playful. May her smile bring healing and her touch bring compassion. And may she always thank You for such a blessing! I love You so much I don’t have words! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.—John 15:11

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You Are Here!!

Dearest Child of Mine, 
I love you so much, but not as much as Jesus does! I rejoice in meeting you! You are more beautiful than I dared to imagine. Your body close to mine is an awesome gift from God! We finally meet and look in to each other’s eyes. We know each other so well. I cradle you and place your tiny hand on my finger and you close yours around mine. My heart swells with an overflow of joy, and I thank God for You! I love you more than I ever dreamed!

Dearest Father God,
You have taken from my body and placed in my arms the most beautiful child in the world! For so long this miracle of life lived closer to my heart literally than anyone else. My baby developed and grew listening to my own heartbeat, and now, laying safely in my embrace, I can almost hear that tiny heartbeat in perfect harmony with Yours. Thank You for this magnificent day! Thank You for safe passage! Thank You for choosing us to be mother and child!

Protect my child, Lord, every single day, and be a constant guiding light. Give my baby strength in adversity and comfort in sorrow. Give my little one wisdom and discernment to know the difference between right and wrong, and good and evil. Make my child a leader among the people, a godly child and adult. Bring to my child the perfect partner to marry.

I pray my baby’s love for You shines like the noonday sun. Give my child a compassionate and forgiving heart, one that always seeks Your face! You have granted me the greatest of all treasures, a blessed child. Thank You Father, for all Your love and kindness! And thank You for guiding me daily to be a good mother. I love You with all my heart, and I praise Your great and holy name! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

I have prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I ask of Him.—1 Samuel 1:27 NIV


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