Verse of the Week: Galatians 1:10

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

I remember the moment like it was yesterday. Staring down at a positive pregnancy test for the first time ever. I was so clueless and overwhelmed at how this new chapter in our life was going to play out.

We were going to be parents. I was going to be a mama, and I was terrified.

I immediately felt like I needed to know what people did and what the “right” things to do and not do were. I ran out and bought the “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” book at Barnes and Noble (don’t judge!) and began filling my mind with what other people thought I should do for this pregnancy and birth.

I learned very quickly that I was never lacking opinions from others. As my belly grew, so did the advice from strangers. By the end of my pregnancy, I felt a pressure that had built up.

It seemed like there was a right way to birth and a right way to mother, and I was terrified I would do it wrong.

I became so wrapped up in how other people thought I should plan for my birth that it didn’t even occur to me that the Lord wanted me to ask Him. He wanted me to seek approval from Him, not strangers around me.

I want to be clear: advice can be good. Research can be good. Learning from others’ experiences can be good. What you have to ask yourself, however, is the question that Paul asks here in Galataians: “Am I now seeking the approval of man or of God?”

God wants a say. After all, He designed and created birth, your birth, to be for His glory. You don’t have to plan your birth the way your sister or mom planned theirs. You don’t have to do what your friends do or what is normal in our culture. Take this birth and surrender it to Him.

Let’s seek the Lord for His desires for our births, and seek His approval above man’s!


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