Thursday, June 5, 2008

answered prayer

Well, I can't believe it, but I'm no longer on partial bed rest! Thank you so much for your prayers and offers to help over these last two weeks. I am still floored that in that short amount of time my placenta has moved up and away from the cervix and no longer presents any danger for me or Luke. I wasn't even scheduled to go into the doctor until later this month, but I called the nurse on Tuesday complaining about some discomfort. She said the doctor would want to see me and just make sure everything was still OK. He said that the discomfort was just normal pregnancy pains (the lovely loosening of the ligaments preparing for delivery), but in the process discovered my placenta had moved. He said there was hardly any chance that it could get worse again, so I could resume my normal activities. Just like that. Wow.

I am SO grateful and humbled that the Lord decided to do this. I don't understand and almost feel like a bratty little kid who was throwing her fit about the way things were. And now I feel silly for fussing cause the bed rest only lasted for two weeks rather than the 3 months I was expecting (I tend to be fatalistic). I just feel like there are so many people who are in much harder places than I was. And I feel like I don't deserve to have this happen even though it's what I wanted all along. But for whatever reason, probably for His Glory, the Lord decided to move my placenta up and put me back on my feet in just two weeks. So I want to make sure that He does receive ALL glory for what He has done. I know that lots was revealed to me about the state of my heart through this, so I want to continue to press into Him and be refined.

One sweet thing that has come out of this is my renewed passion for my role as a wife and mom. The once mundane tasks of laundry, vacuuming or running errands, have brought joy to my heart these last few days because I feel blessed that I get to take care of our household. I see the beauty and importance of my God-given responsibilities in a new light. And it's been great to be chasing after Lily again. I just want to take away from this all that the Lord intended me to, praying He will continue to reveal His purpose. Thanks again for being such wonderful friends and uplifting our family in prayer. And now may we rejoice together in what the Lord has done, with a full understanding that He would still be just as good and loving even if I were still laid up on the couch. We would still covet your prayers as I start this last trimester...crazy to think in 3 months we'll have another member of the family! Love you all.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord, Nat Pat!!

- Kev

elizabeth engelhardt creations said...

woohoo. Praise Him. Congrats Nat on getting off of bed rest. Enjoy the next 3 months of being 3, the ride totally changes when you add one. Can't wait to see Luke!!
Blessings!

Dawntoya and Adam said...

I love this! I love to pray and see God answer!! Glad you have a renewed passion for your role. Its definitely needed time and again.

Christy said...

Praise God! What a sweet God that we serve. So glad to hear that he answered our prayers. Sometimes we just need a reminder to be content in our circumstances and that God can move in ways beyond we could ever think or imagine! Enjoy being a mom and a wife again! your a great one at both!
love, christy

John and Natalee Warren said...

Priase the Lord, it is interesting the things Hed chooses to do and they way in which He does!

The Corsos said...

Nat,
I'm so thankful that you are off of bed rest and have a new passion for your role as wife and mom!! So sweet to see God actively moving! Thanks for allowing us to "play" in it!!

Love you! kim

jonandbretaylor said...

That's awesome Natalie! Glad to hear you're doing better!! :)

thosetonnes said...

It was so good to see you today, see you on your feet, looking so beautiful. We thanked God tonight that he answered our prayer for you, Josh, and Lily. We have such a great God that would lavish gifts on us even though we don't deserve them. Can't wait to see baby Luke.

Regina said...

That's great to hear Natalie.

The Faris Fam said...

Hey Natalie! I had a friend on bed rest in the hospital for over 2 months because she was so high risk. And she still had them premature, but they are doing fine now. That is so awesome you have been "released". Congratulations on baby Luke. I love that name!

Nat & Annie said...

Nat, Ok I'm sort of on. Going to try and do this. How do I make mine cute like yours? How do I get friends;? You're my only one! Help, lest I look like a blog loser...:)