Thursday, January 31, 2008

No longer my own

Tomorrow, I will be 19 weeks--almost halfway there! The last week or so I've realized that my body is no longer my own. Gone are the nights where I sleep on my stomach and back. Instead they are replaced with sleeping on my sides because that is what is best for the baby and me. Gone are the nights where I sleep the whole night through. They are replaced with visits to the bathroom and gentle flutters from my little "flutterfly." Gone are the meals where I eat whatever I want and how much I want. Instead, I am making healthier choices for me and the baby, so he gets all the nutrients that he needs and so I don't get heartburn.

Even though I've had to make some changes in my life, I can say it is all worth it. I don't mind making the sacrifices to do what is right for Josiah. If Jesus was willing to sacrifice his life so we can have abundant life, then I can sacrifice a few months of changes so Josiah can have a chance to start life healthy. As I've written that thought, I've realized that the sacrifices aren't going to stop after he is born, but I'm more than ready to make those sacrifices. I'm ready because for the longest time I've desired to be a mom and to fulfill the calling God has given me.

"I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called." --Ephesians 4:1

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Why Josiah?

In the Old Testament of the Bible, there are two books called Kings (1 & 2 Kings to be exact). These books are filled guessed it, kings! If you read these two books closely you will soon find out that many of the kings were not very good ones. About half way through 1 Kings, the country known as Israel divides into two kingdoms. One retains the name Israel and the other is called Judah. Judah has a mixed history when it comes to its kings. Some were good and some were bad. One of the best kings Judah had was named Hezekiah. He was king during the time of another Bible person with a book named after them, Isaiah. Hezekiah was a Godly man and did all he could to lead his people in the ways of the Lord. We considered Hezekiah as a name for our firstborn son, but neither Sara nor I felt like Hezekiah was quite right. After Hezekiah died, the worst king in Judah's history came along. His name was Manasseh. After Manasseh came his son, Amon, who followed in the footsteps of his father and was another horrible king. After Amon was killed, his son came to power. His name was Josiah. He was the great-grandson of Hezekiah. He was only 8 years old when he began to rule, but like his great-grandfather he was a great man who sought to do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He was guided by another Bible person and book title holder, Jeremiah.

Family and friends, there is no greater prayer for Sara and I than to have our child grow up and seek to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord. Josiah will be raised hearing the story of his namesake. We will teach him, pray for and with him, and model for him what it means and looks like to walk rightly before the Lord. We will do this with constant guidance and time with the Lord. We only get one shot at life and only one lifetime to pour ourselves into any children the Lord blesses us to care for. Josiah did not have a Godly father or grandfather and yet God is faithful to honor the heritage of Hezekiah. My prayer is that our legacy does not skip generations, but continues on down to nurture those who come after us into the faith of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The Bible is a book rich with heritage and history, but it is chiefly a book telling of the glory of God. This glory is displayed through the loving sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ, on a jagged, horrible cross almost 2,000 years ago. While I know that for many of us sitting down to read the Bible can seem overwhelming, maybe we could all try to read it a little bit more. Could I ask you to start with the story of Josiah's namesake? His story is found in 2 Kings chapter 22 thru chapter 23 verse 30.

As I said earlier, Josiah will know this story from the Bible. Will you?


Chris & Sara

"Before him (Josiah) there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him."

2 Kings 23:25

Monday, January 21, 2008

It's a...

We just got back from our ultrasound and found out that we will be welcoming Josiah Potter Greenwood to our family. That's right, we are having a boy!

Josiah wasn't very willing to show himself at the beginning of the ultrasound, but the nurse continued to take measurements. Part way through the ultrasound she said she knew what we were going to have, and she said, "It's a boy!" Throughout the rest of the ultrasound, Josiah wouldn't stop showing his "business" or "spear" as some have been known to call it (Uncle Todd).

We were very excited to hear that we are having a boy, but more importantly we were excited to hear that he looks healthy.

"And he (Josiah) did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father; and he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left." --2 Chronicles 34:2

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Almost 16 weeks

Well, I went to the doctor on Monday to have some blood taken for some tests. I think it is my least favorite thing when I go see the doctor. Actually, getting on the scale might tie with with it! I am actually doing well weight wise, which I've been praying about since I tend to gain weight easily. I've been making healthier choices for meals and snacks. The Lord has taken away my cravings for sweets--I say the Lord because I definitely wouldn't give up sweets on my own!

I got to hear the heart beat again while I was there. I think it is my new favorite sound to hear. Baby Greenwood decided to play his game of hide and seek with the doctor again. We will go back on the 21st for an ultrasound to hopefully see what we are having. We will post some pictures and a journal entry on that day, so come back for a visit then.

"Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!" --Psalm 95:2

Thursday, January 3, 2008

New Year, New Beginnings

Well, I'm a litte late on writing a New Year journal entry, but I slept the rest of 2007 away. Chris and I were traveling back from Georgia and spent the night in a small little town in South Carolina on New Year's Eve. We went out to eat and then headed back to the hotel. Once I got in my pajamas, I was out for the night. I'm still trying to figure out how to bottle up the hormones that make you so sleepy during pregnancy. Chris stayed up to watch some football, so we were both happy in what we were doing.

January will be a busy month for the Greenwood family. Chris will be turning 30 in just a few more days. We don't talk much about that around here because someone is not ready to be turning the BIG 30.

Please continue to pray as Chris gets ready to take his written exams. He will be taking four exams that last around 3 hours each over a 3 day period. This is really the next big step in finding a position at a church.

He hopes to have the exams taken by the end of the month. He will also be preaching in a couple of Sundays at the EPC church in Durham, so we will go over there for the weekend. There is also a presbytery meeting at the end of the month we will go to in Charlotte. Chris and I will be attending so we can talk with some people about possible church positions. Please continue to pray for us--that Chris will find a position at a church within in the next few months. We are open to move anywhere, but there is a strong pull for a Georgia move and staying in North Carolina. We will just have to wait and see where the Lord puts us. I know we are both very excited about starting the next chapter in our lives--Chris being in full time ministry and me being a stay-at-home-mom and supportive wife to Chris.

Baby Greenwood has been a little busy himself. He is finally in the second trimester. At our last doctor appointment, he was being a little stinker for the doctor. The doctor briefly and faintly heard his heartbeat, but Baby Greenwood wasn't sticking around for long. The doctor was trying to find the heartbeat again, so I could hear it. Well, Baby Greenwood was on the move and must have been moving all around because the doctor was searching all over my belly to hear the heartbeat again. Baby Greenwood must have gotten tired of moving around or figured he might as well get this visit over with and cooperated with the doctor. It brought such joy to my heart to hear his little heartbeat. I haven't felt him move yet, so I'm looking forward to that day. Hopefully, I will feel him "flutter" some time this month. I've gotten over morning sickness, which I praise the Lord for. I was able to enjoy food during the Christmas holidays unlike the Thanksgiving holidays. I'm starting to get more of a belly bump that others are noticing, so I'm feeling a little more pregnant each day.

Well, we hope that everyone has a Happy New Year. We pray that the Lord will bless you beyond your wildest imagination and that you will seek His will for 2008!

"For I know the plans I have for you, " declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

-Jeremiah 29:11