Looking Up

We had our 20 week ultrasound this week. Little boy is measuring ahead of schedule by 6 days. So they SHOULD change my due date to March 3rd, but they’re not going to. Lame. But I’m grateful that everything looks good. He’s moving a lot and I can feel him kicking, which does wonders for my anxiety about miscarriage… any time I start to worry, I just drink some juice and he starts kicking me and I can relax. ๐Ÿ™‚

Morning sickness is still hanging on. But I think it’s more of a “normal” morning sickness, rather than my usual death and hell morning sickness. I’m hoping it will be gone entirely within about a month. It’s slowly resolving. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and start doing things again. I have to take it slowly or else I’m extra sick the next day. But it’s still a relief to be able to function and feel a bit normal.

And my belly is nice and plump. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that! I always feel so cute with a big pregnant belly. I don’t know why, I know I lot of women feel extra fat… but I just love it!!!

And last thing… I ran across this quote recently and it totally took my breath away. Best quote on forgiveness that I’ve ever read.

โ€œHow will we get back what we lost if we simply forgive? How can this be fair? In most cases, and certainly in the case of serious wrongdoing, those who have injured or robbed us are not in a position to restore what they have taken. They cannot make full restitution for our lost peace of mind, self-esteem, or sense of well-being. They cannot give us back lost trust, hope, or safety. They cannot restore our lost options or heal our worldview. So if the people who hurt us cannot restore these things to us, how can we ever get back what we lost?

As we grant mercy, we gain the right to reclaim our lost blessings from Jesus Christ himself. When we forgive others, Christ assumes their debt to us, and we can then look to him for the healing, peace, security, hope, trust, well-being, and self-image he alone can restore. He is willing to take this debt if we are willing to release the original debtor to him to deal with on his terms and with his infinite wisdom and perspective on all the factors involved in their choices. We allow Jesus to deal as he sees fit with those who owed us, for now the debt is between him and them alone. We get out of the middle.

Seen in this light, forgiving others their debts is not simply pretending nobody owes us, which would not be just. It is rather a process of turning to Christ for the things we have lost, rather than turning to those who cannot restore our losses anyway.โ€

– Dr. Wendy Ulrich


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