Counting It Joy

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Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. — James 1:2-4

Four years ago today I was meditating on these words as I anticipated the birth of my fourth son. I had suffered severe anxiety regarding this labor and delivery because my third son’s birth had been rather difficult and traumatic. I was scared to “run the gauntlet,” as I call it. But, these words brought me hope and courage. God would use the trial of childbirth to change me, to make me steadfast, to make me like His son – perfect. And He wanted me to experience joy in the process.

I recalled how “Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 2:2) At the cross Jesus was purposing to give us new life. With the birth of my son, God was giving me the opportunity to participate in His bringing forth another kind of new life. What joy!

Our little guy was born that evening, exactly fifteen minutes after we arrived at the hospital! It was one of my best labor and deliveries ever — once we were safely in a room. The doctor was not there, so the nurse had to “catch him.” Believe it or not, her name was Joy. I am so thankful for these wonderful memories and reminders for when the going gets tough.

May you experience God’s blessings of joy today in whatever trials you face in your life as MOM.

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  1. I know exactly what you mean about being scared after having a rough labor. My first-born was an emergency c-section. Glad everything went well. Wow, fifteen minutes is awesome. Love the name Judah.

  2. And, (b/c I have a Judah myself) isn’t it cool that Judah means “praise”. We had our boy named before he was born. It was and remains an evidence to me of Ps. 139..that God knows us in our mother’s womb…as Judah was born with Sturge Weber Syndrome and we did not know this would be the case until after I delivered. Yet, this trial has brought along with it much praise from us and others for Judah’s amazing, little life. And, my prayer for him is that he will, by God’s grace, be one who praises God.