Stretching and Growing

I love pregnant bellies more than anything!  I am a baby lover!  I am fascinated at how belly beautiful the ladies become as they begin to stretch and grow into their baby bump. From the moment that you find out you are pregnant, that tiny baby begins to grow inside of you and a piece of your heart begins to grow along with your baby.  This love and bond grows stronger and deeper each and every moment.

There are days further along in your pregnancy when you think there is no way my belly can stretch any more, it has reached its capacity to the limit and how can it possibly grow any more?  But amazingly it does.  I have used a visual in our mommy grace class with a tiny shirt made from this stretchy fabric that I received as a gift from Victoria’s Secret. It is blue and the size of a babies onesie.  Surprisingly, this shirt can stretch to fit anyone.  All the pregnant mommies tried it on and were laughing and giggling the whole time!  It amazed them to see how much that tiny little shirt could stretch to fit their bellies.  They also placed the tiny shirt on their babies too, and you know what, it fit them just perfectly too.  No matter what size or age, this special stretchy fabric shirt was like a one size fits all. It would stretch to your size just as your tummy begins to stretch with each passing day of your pregnancy. The elasticity of your skin was created to stretch and grow to allow room for your baby to develop and stay comfy cozy tucked inside of you.

I saw a pregnant lady yesterday, she had her 2 year old boy on her hip resting comfortably on his mommies ever growing belly. It was a perfect little seat for him. I just can’t resist the bellies! I always say, “What a sweet tummy! When are you due?” It just comes out naturally from me before I even have a chance to think. She smiled and said thank you, I am having another boy this Saturday.  I said my congratulations and wished her the best during her labor and delivery and new arrival.

Just as surprisingly it is to see your tummy begin to stretch and grow with each passing day, you are also being stretched on the inside of your heart.  A love for your baby begins to expand your heart.  Just as the belly bands provide more room for your middle as your pants begin to get a little tighter, that belly band can be a picture of what we as mommies experience.  Yes during pregnancy you stretch and grow and you see the results on your bellies.  After your labor and delivery, your tummy does go down, eventually.  Ok ladies, I know that lots of you shrink back to your natural size in no time.  For the rest of us, it takes a little more time.  Every body is special and unique. Perfectly handcrafted by God.  Just relax and enjoy the process.  But there is so much more to it than that! As mommies we can be stretched more than we think we can possibly ever be stretched in so many ways.

Our arms are reaching out to care for this one, change this one, dress this one, feed this one, and the washing & cleaning, oh my…!  God will give you the elasticity to stretch and grow during each season and stage that you are in.  If you are pregnant, then embrace your pregnancy and enjoy your belly beautiful bump!  You will stretch as much as needed, then back again. If you are a mommy of a newborn, then embrace the sweetness of your little one and enjoy their delicate skin they are in as they begin to stretch and grow themselves.  In no time, your newborn will be 1 and then 2 and then more. If you are a mommy of a toddler, then embrace these sweet and sassy and even trying times that you endure.  Your body is being stretched as is theirs.  They are learning and growing and absorbing new things each and every day.  Help them in their early stages to grow and know how much their mommy loves them and also how much Jesus loves them!  If you are a mommy of kids going to school and beyond…. All of us are stretching and growing daily in different seasons of our lives.  Embrace this time.  This moment. This is a gift that we have been given. God will not ask us to be stretched more than we can handle.  He will give us the elasticity, flexibility and adaptability that we need.  With each new day, we can rise up and say “God give me the strength today that I will need to be the mommy that you have created me to be. In all situations may I look to you as my Source for all things.  As I am being stretched, may I embrace the flexibility that you alone can bring me.  Grant me the grace, patience and love to nurture and tend to my little ones.  I love you and thank you for the gift that you have placed within me.  You are incredible!… and God, just as in the movie Incredibles the mommy “Elastigirl” could stretch out and bend in so many ways, can you also do that for me? Please!  Whatever comes my way. Thank you God. You are the Best!”

Oh that will be a day!.. A day for stretching your arms, spreading your wings! {Micah 7:11}

We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what He said, doing what pleases Him. {1 John 3:21 MSG}

Our Embrace Grace Family is stretching and growing in so many ways too!  All the glory and praise to God! The word of God is living and active: Enlarge your house, build an addition. Spread out your home, and spare no expense! {Isaiah 54:2} another translation says this: Make your tent bigger. Open your doors wide. Don’t think small! Make your tent large and strong. {Isaiah 54:2 ESV} and one more Sing barren woman who has never had a baby.  Fill the air with song, you who’ve never experienced childbirth! You’re ending up with far more children…. Clear lots of ground for your tents! Make your tents large. Spread out. Think BIG! Use plenty of rope, drive the tent pegs deep. You’re going to need lots of elbow room for your growing family. You’re going to take over whole nations… Don’t be afraid- you’re not going to be embarrassed. Don’t hold back- you’re not going to come up short. (Isaiah 54:1-4 MSG}

How is God stretching you right now? What season are you in that God is having you be flexible and adaptable?

Written by Salina Duffy 


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