Last night Ben and I had our 32 week midwife appointment! Can you believe it? I feel like it was last week that we entered her room for the first time to meet with the lady who would be catching our baby 🙂 Now we could have a babe in arms in 6 weeks…or 7, or 8, or 10…the waiting game has intensified. 🙂
Baby Clark already seems to be a snuggle bug like Mum and Dad. We were relaxing watching the game last night and Ben was sprawled across the couch with his head on my protruding tummy. (I currently have to try sitting up straight to ensure baby settles in a good birthing position…fun). At first though Ben had a comfy belly to rest on but it did not take long for Baby Clark to move over to the warm side under Daddy’s head and pushed it’s bony back into his skull. Haha, it made for an interesting third period for him as he tried to escape our baby’s back and boney bottom as they do not make for comfy pillows 🙂
Today has already been such a relaxing morning and I am conserving my energy for a day out with my little sister and then a girls-only birthday party for Mom Clark in the evening. I am so content under the overcast sky and my heart is at such peace. I have been learning lately that peace of heart and mind is something to be cultivated and decided on. Yes, the Lord can give moments of peace when we ask but a lifestyle of peace takes work. Work to remind yourself of His promises, of the hope of our heavenly future and also of the incredible blessings already a part of our daily lives. I often forget about the amazing events and gifts that have been given to me and my family throughout my life thus far, but when I settle my restless heart and think on the provision of our Lord I am quieted.
I have learnt that this peace does not come from a perfect life, but from a surrendered heart. We cannot buy peace with good works, a bank account of money or even a love for the Lord. Our lives must be in submission to Him and in acceptance of His will for this is where true peace lies.
Ben’s favourite saying is that you cannot buy peace and as I think about that more today I am thankful for his wisdom, a gift from the Lord for our family.