Something New and Good: Baby

So…three years of marriage, and still I have not experienced the bloodbath I’d been afraid of before I got married. Lewis and I have yet to go to bed angry. I’ve never wished he would just go away. I’m not bragging. I’m the girl who had a panic attack two weeks before her wedding because she was afraid that marriage was going to be a 50+ year battle with untold casualties. No bragging rights here.

I’m saying that marriage has been wonderful beyond my expectations.

But now…a baby on the way. And the voices are back, telling me life is about to get really, really hard. So many were these voices that I put off getting pregnant for as long as I could without pushing poor Lewis over the edge. We are happy. We have balance…why upset it? Why invite what, according to a lot of people I know, is the most emotionally draining and difficult thing they have ever done?

Because it’s time to believe that God makes all things new.

People love to tell you how you’re going to mess up your kids, just like your parents messed you up. They like to tell you how you bring all of your baggage into parenting. They want it to be freeing, to tell you that you don’t have to be perfect, because nobody is perfect. They want it to remind you that you need grace as a parent.

I get that, and I appreciate it.

And it’s true that we’re born sinners. Sure thing.  Got it. My children will not be perfect. I will not be perfect.

BUT, here’s the deal: New life. What could be more of a picture of God’s grace that is new every morning than an actual. NEW. LIFE.

This baby will not come out cynical and jaded. She will not have years of baggage yet. She will be fresh and new, and her experience of the world, the church, and family will be her very own.

This baby, to me, is a celebration of hope. When I feel like so much has been ruined or twisted or corrupted, an entire new person will exist in the world who knows nothing of that. And maybe she will experience her own pains, but she will also have her own joys and see God’s faithfulness to her in her own life.

I’m sure that when she’s two and rolling on the floor screaming…or thirteen and rolling on the floor screaming, I will be glad for the wisdom that prepared me for her humanity. I’m sure I will be glad that someone warned me that I can’t be the perfect parent. Lewis and I are both first children, and we’re having our first child. We will win the award for most neurotic house on the block.

BUT, that is not what sets me free. That is not what makes me feel new and good. What gives me hope is that God makes all things new. And there is something new happening here (between my abs and my bladder) and it has the potential to be good. Not the kind of good that doesn’t need Jesus, but the kind of good that brings him glory. This little girl has her own story, and Jesus loves her. And I have every reason to believe that her difficult toddler/teenage years are nothing in comparison to the person God is already making her to be.

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13 thoughts on “Something New and Good: Baby

  1. Keelah says:

    Congratulations, Bekah!

  2. kelly says:

    As we are expecting too, your words really resonated with me. Beautifully said. And congratulations!!

  3. robin says:

    Very excited for you guys! Life will be an adventure every day with those little ones around!

  4. sarah says:

    So happy for you guys! And I love this post…gorgeous.

  5. Baby girl’s lookin’ good! 🙂 Love you!

  6. Julie says:

    Thanks, Bekah. Our Nathan is a month and a half, and these are all thoughts that resonate with me.

  7. Kelly B says:

    Bekah, you have a gift. So beautifully written. Thank you for sharing the gospel in such an honest and accessible way. Congrats!! This is so exciting!!

  8. Jodi says:

    Sweet. Congratulations Kita! Love and miss you friend! You are going to be an excellent mom… yup, even with the imperfections. Can’t wait to see you in action. 😀

  9. kacee says:

    I love your writing and I love that little nugget you are growing! So happy that Landry has years to come with the 3 of you. Thank you for sharing your heart! As a parent of a 4 month old…..you will see the grace of God each day as you recognize that He entrusted you with a little soul! It is amazing! Love you all!

  10. Rachel says:

    She is beautiful. Love to you all!

  11. libbiebouck says:

    Of all the pregnancy/baby blogposts I’ve read, this is the one I have liked the most. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. And congrats to y’all!!

  12. Stephanie says:

    I missed the news til now! Congrats, sweet friend! Love you and your girl (and Lewis, too!).

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