Pippy's Journey

A Sigh of Relief and a Thankful Heart

The Lord replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14 (NIV)


Our baby still has a heartbeat! Praise God! Isn’t “he” cute? (We think it’s a boy, but we’ve decided to wait until delivery to find out the sex.) I just wanted to share some of the ways I saw God’s presence yesterday when I was so worried. 

First, my family was with me. A few weeks ago my brother asked if he and my mom could come visit from out of state for about a week. This visit just happened to fall at the time of the appointment. Having Tim and family with me helped keep me calm and the drive to the doctor was full of laughter and joking and helped keep my mood light. Thank you God for allowing my family the time to come be with me this week.

Next, and I thought this was very cool, he gave me a friend. My friend Stephanie is expecting twins in a few weeks and her appointment happened to be at the same time as mine. We got to sit together in the waiting room and talk about our pregnancies. Having her in the waiting room with me, again, helped keep me calm.  Thank you God for providing a friend just when I needed it.

During the ultrasound, we were able to find the baby and the heartbeat immediately! Thank you God for not making us wait. The baby is also growing right on schedule. Thank you God for growth. There are no changes in the abnormalities and the expected outcome has not changed, but we still have a heartbeat and that means God can still give us a miracle. Thank you God for giving us some more time with this sweet baby!

Finally, when I got home, I started reading a book that my friend Laura gave me, The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer. She gave this to me when we were visiting family out of state last weekend. Two things spoke to me in the introduction.

“All you need to know and care about is that in God’s impeccable timing and design, He has brought this book into your life for this particular season.” AND “I do solemnly resolve to embrace my current season of life and will maintain my time in it. I will resist the urge to hurry through or circumvent any portion of my journey but will live with a spirit of contentment.”

These things may seem like coincidence to some people or just good luck, but I choose to recognize God’s presence in my life. I choose to see Him working through this fire and see Him guiding me along the way and taking care of us with each step. So thank you God for showing yourself to us and giving us open eyes to see you and open hearts to accept your will for us and our baby. And thank you for surrounding us with people who also seek your will for our lives, powerful prayer warriors, as well as friends who may not be believers but who wish us well and encourage us each step of the way.

4 thoughts on “A Sigh of Relief and a Thankful Heart

  1. I LOVE the quote about embracing the current season of life and not hurrying through it — such good advice! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your feelings and your faith with us. 🙂

  2. I am so profoundly sad for you Jessica. If it is any encouragement, know that if faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain, yours, surely, could move the whole world. I am an awe. You are a living martyr. God bless you for writing this blog and sharing your tremendous faith. Jason and I are keeping you, Tim, and the baby deep in our prayers. I will also request prayer for you at our church. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you … prayer, dinner, company to doctor appointments .. you name it.

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