Grace in Every Breath

Wow, our Hillbilly Days Food Guide got more traffic than almost every other post I have written in the past 5 years combined. As a result, Andy and I are considering leaving everything we know to become traveling fair food reviewing vagabonds. Just kidding, but you could do a lot worse in life.

I am mostly just popping in to say that this space is going to be pretty quiet for the next three weeks as I finish up my semester, but I also wanted to share a little reflection from our 20 week ultrasound yesterday. This is the first time I’ve mentioned our pregnancy on the blog mostly because until last week, I am pretty sure all of the readers also knew us in real life.

Anyway, yesterday I was thinking about how crazy it is that we all started so small. To be honest, I can’t really wrap my mind around it. You, me, we all started as a tiny cell and simply sustained by God’s grace, we survived 9 months in the womb and started the journey to become the person we are today.

It is so easy in this world to feel like you haven’t really achieved anything or to feel like you’re all alone. I know I’ve had those moments. As I reflected on life in the womb, not just our child but all of us, and how some of the most critical moments in our development had nothing to do with us. There is a profound peace in knowing that our life is not really about us.

There is grace in every breath, simply because you are able to take it. 

Now, I’m certainly not trying to minimize the reality of the deep pain and suffering experienced in our world but I do want people to know that even in those trials God is there. He knows the depths of your sorrow and pain. He’s been there. He’s still here with us; giving us to the grace to make it through each moment until he calls us home.

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NRSV)

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4 thoughts on “Grace in Every Breath”

  1. We are all so very happy and excited for the growing French Family! May you enjoy much peace and contentment in these next few astounding months!

    1. Thank you!! I have been surprised with how peaceful everything has been so far. I’m sure the first few months of motherhood might bode differently. 😉

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