Pregnancy is one of the most auspicious times in a woman’s life. From the moment you receive two lines on that pregnancy test, you have landed on planet mom and are changed forever! Expectant Blessings, is a book written with this in mind. When I found out I was pregnant with Emilie I was a young impressionable 19 year old, (5 things I wish I knew as a young mother) I had already made up my mind that I would not be having children. I wasn’t ready for that commitment. Nor the responsibility. But God had other plans.
Doesn’t He always? And thank you Jesus that His plans are always greater! Better than any plans we could have made for ourselves. I mean really, look at me now. I live, breathe, sleep and eat my children, I could not imagine my life without them. Pregnancy – I have always believed is preparation time – it somehow moves you, and changes you from the person you once were. Be it hormones, the growth or the little body inside you. You become someone completely different. Pregnancy is the time for hopes. It is the time for dreams. Time for tons of how-to-website reading and more than anything else, it is a time for prayer. There is not a more pertinent time in a woman’s life to really experience the wonder of God. Hearing that first heartbeat, feeling the first movement, and realizing that you are sustaining life inside your belly.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalms 139:13
Along with all these lovely things, pregnancy for me was also riddled with so much fear. (The Power of Praying through Fear) It’s why when Christian Art Distributor sent me a copy of Susanna Aughtmon’s book “Expectant Blessings” I just knew I had to read it, review it and share it with you! I remember being afraid all the time, scared to not get past the first trimester, then scared about every single product, could I use this? Would it hurt the baby? Why am I crying? Is this upsetting the baby? What if I fall down the stairs?
I was irrational, the weight of a new baby, weighed on my mind and heart. Susanna uses this easy to read devotional, as a way for you to document your feelings, prayers and inner most desires for your baby. Whilst drawing you closer to God and reminding you of the miracle that is within you. This 40 week devotional takes you through every week of your pregnancy with prayers, poems and devotions for you and your baby, and will leave you feeling at peace and filled with gratitude. I would have loved to read this during those special seasons in my life, but now I get to gift another mom-to-be with this very unique blessing!
Expectant Blessings retails at R149.95 and is available at CUM Books and leading retail stores.
Disclaimer: Christian Art Distributors sent me this book with no obligation to review, and as always all views expressed are my own.
In the Meantime – Do you know a mom-to-be that would love Expectant Blessings too? I think this book would be invaluable during pregnancy!