Was it Great Aunt Matilda who had high blood pressure or Aunt Irene? You stare at the little boxes on the page in front of you in the doctor’s waiting room, trying your best to check all that apply. It’s the most morbid kind of survey there is: the family medical history questionnaire. While it’s unpleasant to remember who in your extended family died or was plagued by illness, it’s important information for your doctor to know in order to care for you and your baby.
Family history is also important when it comes to spiritual health. It can have a real bearing not only on your spiritual life but also on that of your child. Did criticism, backbiting, and arguments prevail in your home while you were growing up? Was sarcasm a way of life? Looking back, what unhealthy patterns of relating can you see? Or what positive head starts did you receive as a result of your parents’ faithfulness? The good news is, God is bigger than the sins that have plagued our families even for generations past! And your generation has a decision to make: will you blindly repeat the unhealthy patterns of the past, or will you choose this day that your household will serve a better Master?
Catherine Claire Larson has a master’s degree in Biblical Studies and spent seven years writing with Chuck Colson for BreakPoint radio, Christianity Today, and Newsweek online. Today she writes amid the clatter, curiosity, and joy of two young children.
A devotional journal inviting women to embrace the spiritual journey that awaits as they prepare for the high and holy calling of motherhood.
Expecting a baby is a wonderful and exciting time for a mother-to-be. She’ll experience many joys as she shares the news with family and friends, hears the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, and bonds emotionally while dreaming about the baby to come. She’ll also experience anxieties such as the trials of morning sickness, anticipating the process of labor, and wondering if she’ll be a good mother. They are all times to be remembered and treasured for a lifetime.
With Waiting in Wonder, readers are guided through the weeks of pregnancy with devotions for reflection and guided questions for pondering deeper into their experiences both spiritually and physically. Each devotion includes Scripture and journaling space for writing personal thoughts, prayers, dreams, even love letters to the growing baby. And when baby is born, mother will be spiritually blessed and hold a lifelong keepsake for rereading and reliving a truly wonder-filled time.
Learn more at: http://www.thomasnelson.com/waiting-in-wonder.html