Consider It Joy

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.” (James 1:2)

Bedrest.  Not one of the “trials” I ever thought I would encounter.  I‘m healthy.  I’ve had two previous wonderful pregnancies.  I can usually accomplish anything I set my mind to.  My body can handle this…. Even being pregnant with twins, I didn’t even consider that I could be a candidate for bedrest.

And now that I’m on bedrest and recognizing my somewhat fragile state (and wondering if it seems to others I am too “weak” to handle a twin pregnancy), I feel a little bit like my pride has been checked.  And I consider it joy.

Bedrest.  Not one of the “trials” I ever thought I could handle.  I‘m independent.  I’m a perfectionist.  My children, my house, and my life are under control.  I could never let someone else do my work…. I never considered that God might ask me to.

And now that He has, I realize that I can… and that it’s hard.  And I consider it joy.

You see, I have learned that it is often in times of trial (living with dystonia, losing a baby, going on bedrest…) and in times of coming to an end of myself that I am matured, sanctified, perfected.  I find myself entering into this trial with joy knowing that I will come out of it changed.  I look forward to what God will teach me in the coming weeks and months; and though it may be painful… and emotional… and hard… at times, yet I will consider it joy!

10 Comments

  1. Marti says:

    Wow Angela, what a mature way to look at the trial your facing. You’re right…God will be teaching you things through this. Way to be a ‘student!’ We are praying for you and your babies. And, BTW, I for one would never consider you ‘weak!’

  2. September says:

    Angela,

    His Mercies are new every morning! I am praying for you and your babies. Your post reminds me of the verse.. “Be still and know that I am God.” Your post is truly a testimony to this. Keep looking up – I wish I could do something more for you! Thank you for sharing your heart today.

  3. 3 under 2 says:

    I agree…you are not weak! Carrying twins is hard work, especially when you have 2 older kids to chase after. Be happy you are not on bedrest in the hospital. That would be rough. Enjoy the rest now and let others help you. Let those babies cook as long as possible and get ready for some fun to come! :)

  4. Kali says:

    Hi Angela,
    I discovered your blog through facebook and have been very encouraged as I have read through several of your recent posts. Thanks for being so open and honest with your thoughts – it’s an encouragement and a challenge to me as I embark on my first pregnancy. May the Lord give you the strength and grace you need for each day.

  5. Angela, I am encouraged by your faith and your strength, you are such a light to others. You are not weak at all, your body is fragile yes, but you are one of the strongest people I know. I am reminded of your post awhile back, “For when I am Weak”, that it is in our weakness God is able to show us his strength. I love you Angela, and I am praying for you and your babies and I am standing by waiting to help you in any way that I can. I consider it joy to help you and your family during this trial. Stay strong and don’t believe the lies the evil one may want you to believe right now.

  6. HappyascanB says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m saying a prayer for you, your hubby and your babies. May God cover you with His peace!

  7. Mom2Valerie says:

    Still praying for you, Angela! And, dear friend, you may feel weak, but remember that Christ IS your strength. Trials are never fun when they happen (as I remember all too well when our Sweet Pea was so sick her first week and a half of life), but God will NEVER leave us or forsake us. He will use this time to refine you and make you stronger in Him. Hang in there, dear friend. “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

  8. Veronica says:

    Hi there,

    Just wanted to stop by and say hi and tell you thanks so much for coming to visit my blog. I love the honesty and openness of your blog. I will pray that you’ll feel the Lord’s presence during this season of your life, and I’ll be following your journey!

    Veronica

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi,

    I stumbled across your blog by accident a few days ago… and I then proceeded to spend the next 2 hours going back to the beginning of your archive and reading every one of your posts. I am a born and raised Christian who used to have a very active and strong faith. However, I’ve had a rough few years, and I have to confess that I’ve stumbled off the path. Reading your blog, hearing your openness about your faith, even admist times of suffering, has inspired me to start reading my Bible and praying again. I really appreciate how honest and emotional your posts are. I’ve laughed, and cried, and felt closer to God than I have in months. Thank you so much for being such an inspiring and strong female role model. I’m praying for you and your babies.

  10. Angela says:

    Dear Anonymous,

    To God be the glory! God will draw near to you as you draw near to Him (James 4:8)! Thank you so much for your prayers!

    In Christ,
    Angela