Pregnant with Purpose

“Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning!”

Psalm 30:5 NIV


As some of you girls already know, I am expecting baby number five . . . and so far I feel like I have been smacked down with a stomach bug from another planet. When that little line turned pink I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to see how soon I’d show and I sat around thinking about how small the baby’s fingers and toes would be. Yet, somehow I forgot what it actually FEELS like to be pregnant.

When you’re nine weeks pregnant you want to know who invented food – and why on earth for – and why God invented smells of any kind. But you know it’s really funny . . . until I found myself hugging the toilet several times a day, forgetting to wash my hair for four days in a row and sleeping in the same sweatshirt for two weeks, I had totally forgotten just how bad this morning sickness business really is. But even still, it is totally amazing how 6 pounds and 7 ounces can change your life and how seeing that little face for the first time makes all the times you couldn’t even keep a cheerio down worth it.

Carrying a baby is a lot like carrying a purpose . . .

It’s not always easy. It hurts. Sometimes it makes us feel physically sick. Sometimes the load feels too heavy to carry . . . sometimes we can’t even see where we are going anymore thanks to the revelation that we can no longer see our feet.

But it’s during this time, when we think we can do it no longer, that we realize that we can. We live to fight another day. God guides the way. Weeks turn to months . . . purpose grows. Labor produces harvest . . . and before we know it we’re holding the blessing.

And suddenly . . .

It’s all worth it.

Maybe you are “pregnant” with a purpose right now or perhaps a burden has seemingly taken you over. It feels like the pain is going to last forever, doesn’t it? But this too shall pass, sister. It’s got to. He promised. It’s not going to be easy. You’re going to have days when you’re done. There are going to be days you don’t want to get out of the bed but, girl, you’ve got to.

You can do this.

So what do you do when you can’t carry the burden anymore? You get bold and practice holding out your arms. Today they might be empty but tomorrow could be the day God’s gonna hand you the blessing, and, girl, take it from me, it’s going to rock your world.

Brooke Keith

Brooke Keith is the author of titles such as Chrissie’s Shell, Forever His and Notes from God for a Woman's Heart. She is a mentor with the Hugs and Hope Foundation, a wife to her handsome husband Chris and a mom to their five adorable little ones, Alex, Brock, Emily, Jack and Baby Ben . . . but most of all, Brooke is a girl head over heels for her awe-inspiring Savior and finds His love far too wonderful to keep to herself.

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  1. Such a precious post.

    • Thank you! I needed a sweet word and reminder that He is doing something mighty during the harvest. I am 18 weeks and still not feeling great, I keep hoping I will turn a corner. But I just need to rest in Him and allow Him to grow me and my little bit.

  2. Hello, my friend, I was thinking about you just yesterday and needed to email you to see how you are doing. This is a challenging post…even to those of us who have never experienced pregnancy. Blessings to you and your family.

  3. What a beautiful post and a wonderful analogy. I had never thought of it like this. God is using you to be a blessing — thank you for allowing Him to do that. I pray you feel better soon.

  4. Thanks for this post! My mom sent it to me this morning.

    I am pregnant with my first child, so I took this one literally. Some days I honestly feel like I can’t make it one more minute! I just know I will never again have an appetite.

    But on Tuesday, my husband and I looked on that screen and saw our baby for the first time, and I had hope again. This is totally worth it!

    I know the hard times will pass. The Lord will get me through!

    Thanks again!

  5. very nice, inspiring post. Thanks for sharing. Holly

  6. I needed this today! Thank you for reminding me and giving me renewed strength in God!

  7. Woo! I’m pregnant! Pregnant with purpose (as you said), that is. And my, at the morning sickness! The wonder! The craving that longs to be filled! Thanks so much for posting this today! God gave you these words so perfectly pictured at the most perfect time! I think He wrote them through your hand just for me! Breathe in, breathe out. Pregnancy’s hard for sure… but boy, so is the labor that it takes to birth the thing!

    Blessings to you, dear lady, to your wombed-infant, and to all of your babes!

  8. What an incredible analogy! Those tough seasons are just that – a season. I am in a difficult season while experiencing blessing and hope. I can really relate to this; thank you for the encouragement!

  9. Thanks, I needed those words of encourgement right now. 

  10. I am 12 1/2 weeks pregnant with my fourth child and lately it has been rough. I have said many times that I can’t make it through the day, but God always brings me through. I had tears in my eyes reading your post. I needed the encouraging words. Thank you.


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