Staying Focused

There is a picture from minutes after I gave birth to Caleb, that is serving as a major source of inspiration for this present pregnancy. I don’t have to look at it, the image is burned in my mind, along with the intense emotion.

This picture is a little too revealing to put up on my blog, as it is my naked, slimy newborn laying on my chest. I am looking down at him, and the hot blankets are just about to be wrapped around the two of us.

That feeling was euphoric. I remember telling my husband that I could get addicted to that moment.

Over these short weeks of pregnancy so far, I have really wondered why I signed up to do this all over again. The nausea, exhaustion, lack of motivation, and downright discouragement has been a lot at times. I’m hard on myself, feeling like I’m not giving my best to the family that surrounds me now. I don’t feel like I have what it takes to get through this again.

But I know now, there is an end.

Proverbs 29:18 says

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

There is something to keeping the vision before us during a trying time.

Habakkuk 2:2 says

Then the Lord answered me and said:

“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.”

Whatever your challenging circumstance, make sure that a vision is before you. Do not labour in vain, but keep the end product in mind.

Although I do not enjoy being pregnant one tiny bit, I already know that every minute of my pregnancy with Caleb was worth it. That one picture serves as great motivation, and I’ll hopefully have it with me while I give birth to baby #2.

What motivates you to make it through a tough time? Write it down, capture it, place it where you’ll see it. God himself knows the power of motivation, and encourages us in his scriptures to keep focused.

Paul said in Philippians 3:14

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

He motivated himself and others by reminding the people of what they were living for, despite persecution and suffering.

Be encouraged today to lift your eyes up to the end goal, and off the present challenge that tries to hold you back.

May the God of all strength give you every ounce of energy and courage you need to succeed.