DAY 2: New Mom
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Trayline Kiesel, Independent Beauty Rep and is involved in the women’s group at Elevate Community Church in Honolulu, Hawaii, mother to a precious daughter and has a baby on the way.
“I have told you these things while I am still with you. But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] John 14:25-27 AMP
Like your first day of school, your first kiss, or your first day on the job, it can be intimidating even if it’s an exciting moment. I was terrified of being a mom for the first time. The last thing I wanted was to bring a child into a situation that didn’t line up with how I pictured things to be in my head. But ready or not, it was here and it was real. I was going to be a mom! It wasn’t til about 8 months in, when I started to panic thinking, “ How the heck am I supposed to push this big thing out of me?”!!
I’d reminisce on movies where women were in excruciating pain, some even passed away and it terrified me to go into labor. Sooner than later the day finally came and there was no going back. This baby was coming...NOW! Thankfully, the experience I had was nothing like I saw in the movies, it was the exact opposite. I wasn’t screaming at all. Instead I felt such a calm and peaceful connection with my body. It was a beautiful moment of trusting God, that both the baby and I, were going to be ok. It was an experience I’ll never forget and since then, I’ve realized the best thing we can do as first time mommies is to lean into the Holy Spirit to help guide us through all the growing stages!
As your babies grow, so will you! You’ll learn that you're stronger than you think, braver than you feel and loved more than you know. Your baby will show you a love that you never knew existed and it is that love, that God wants you to experience. It is a love with no limits! So if you're a first time mommy reading this, I wanna congratulate you and tell you to go easy on yourself. It gets better and believe or not, you can do more than you think with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, I pray for the new mom reading this wondering if she’s got what it takes. Give her strength to see that she’s gonna be ok. Give the first time mom reading this grace to love herself and to love her baby through the hard things. Holy Spirit, we are grateful for the partnership of Your presence, that we don’t have to do this alone.