The Blessing In The Baby Aisle
A few days ago, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a beautiful post entitled "When You Want To Cry In Target". This post touched on how women with infertility struggle with going through the baby aisles and buying gifts for baby showers and birthdays. If you would like to read the article click below :http://barrentobeautiful.com/2016/10/11/when-you-want-to-cry-in-target/This post really resonated with me and made me shed a few tears because I know all too well how difficult this can be. I know what it's like to have to take a deep breath just to keep from shedding tears in the middle of the store. I know what it's like to be frustrated because you wish you were shopping for your baby instead of someone else's. And I know whats it's like to have to fight off the feelings of grief, confusion and sadness hours and even days after going through the baby aisles. My loves, I know what all of that is like. But allow me to give you a new perspective.........Today, I want to talk about the BLESSING in the baby aisle! YES, you read that right! I did say BLESSING!I know, as women on a Journey to Motherhood, having to go through the baby aisles can seem like a curse. You start wondering why God blessed your loved one with a baby instead of you. You even start to question if God loves you and if so when would He bless you with your baby. Needless to say, this is a very bad experience for most women in our shoes. But it doesn't have to be.... Going through the baby aisles can actually be a good thing. Here's how....1. IT CAN GIVE YOU HOPE For most of us, having hope during this journey seems like an impossible task. After all, it's hard to hope for something when you've been praying, crying, and fighting for it and it still hasn't come. So, This is where a shift in perspective will have to take place. If you always associate the baby aisles with hopelessness and sorrow that is how you are going to feel every single time. But if you change your mindset and begin to open your heart to hope and faith then that changes everything. It really all comes down to how you look at it. So the next time you find yourself in the baby aisle, don't feel sorry for what you don't have. Instead, let hope spring forth and praise God for what's to come. Because just like God did it for the 7 women in the bible, He can also do it for you.2. IT ALLOWS YOU TO PUT YOUR FAITH INTO ACTION Ladies, it's great that we're praying, fasting, hoping and believing that God will in fact keep His promises to us concerning our babies but now it's time to back our faith up with some action. James 2:17 says: "In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead". I believe that one of the best ways we can put our faith to work is by going BABY SHOPPING. And I'm not talking about shopping for your friend's or loved one's baby. I want you to go baby shopping for YOUR baby.....I know... I know... Sounds crazy right!? I can just imagine some of ya'll giving me the side eye while reading this, but hear me out..... Some of you are probably thinking "But I'm not pregnant yet"...Others of you may be saying "People are going to think I'm crazy"...And there may even be some that are wondering "WHAT IF I have a miscarriage or my baby dies?"...Let me stop you right there...! Don't allow fear or other people's perception to prevent you from activating your faith while on this journey. Going baby shopping sends a message to the enemy and let's him know that you may not know when or even how but you do have faith that it is going to happen.And you don't have to decorate the WHOLE baby nursery right now but start off small. Purchase things like onesies, mittens, and socks. From what I hear and have seen second hand, babies go through a million onesies and socks a month so you can never have to many (LOL). Then when you feel more comfortable, consider purchasing bottles, pacifiers and other small things. You've sacrificed so much time and money for other people's children now it's time to do the same for yours.Ladies, God wants us to be prepared for the children that He's promised us and there's no better time to start that preparation than NOW! So my challenge to you all is to buy ONE thing for your baby every month. Will you accept the challenge???