“I sought the Lord and He answered me. He delivered me from all my fear.” (Psalm 34:4)
Fear is debilitating. A handicap that chokes your confidence and withers your peace. It demands constant attention. It bowls over your hope, replacing it with shaky hands and an unsteady heart. It tunnels your vision so that all you can see is what you fear. Leaving you focused on yourself, debilitated. Fear strips you of the power & authority that God has expressly given via adoption into His family through the gift, death, and resurrection of His Son.
Yet, if you take the chance, you take a step past your fear, you find something…show stopping. Mouth dropping. Throw your hands up and wonder why you stood on the side line for so long, powerful. Don’t get me wrong, you are still afraid. Petrified even. But it is not the heart seizing, gut dropping sort of fear. It is the fear that what God has in store for you is so big, so grand that you can’t even…think of words to describe it.
This is our something BIG. WE ARE PREGNANT!
The last three pregnancies we kept quiet. Only a person or two knew about them. Each pregnancy ended in miscarriage. At 5 weeks, at 6 weeks and at 13 weeks. We had kept our mouths shut allowing out fear to overshadow joy. I say we, but the fearful one was mostly me. I didn’t want to tell anyone until I knew the outcome would be good. It was a costly arrogance. So, we are doing it differently. Differently because we are choosing Faith over fear. We are going to boldly hope, risking our hearts because this tiny growing life is ordained. Was planned before the earth was created; by the One who created it.
Are we terrified? More than many people will ever experience. But this time, this round, we are taking deep breaths and stepping forward. We have named this little one already. The story of the baby name (girl or boy) is something we eagerly look forward to sharing with you. We believe that God has a purpose for this precious little 3 millimeter person. Her/his life was fought for, prayed for, hoped for.
We know that this is a risk. That telling you could mean that we have to…untell you.
This life is worth it. This little life is worth the cost of love. How many years, days, minutes her/she exists in this world matters. Love is patient, kind, it does not envy or boast, it is not rude or insist on its own way. It is not irritable or resentful . It does not delight in evil but Rejoices in the truth. Love BARES all things, BELIEVES all things, HOPES all things, ENDURES all things. (1 Cor. 13:4-7.)
We ask that you join us, our family in praying for this new life. Praying that God continues with His hand of protection over the little one’s growth. We ask that you BOLDLY come before God and ask He allows us days over minutes and years over days. Please be praying for health over mother and baby. We ask that you believe with us that God is bigger and God is good.
We trust you. We trust that God is going to use you in this little life we are being trusted with. Be bold. Take the risk and hope with us. We love you deeply. Thank you for loving us so well.
“Then he continued, ‘DO not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response of them.” Daniel 10:12
All our love, Matthew, Crista and Samuel Nice
Photo taken 6/22/17"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:19