And I am sitting there, in the waiting room, while my sweet daughter-in-law is working so hard next door, trying to push her baby into our world. That little girl, she is stubborn, and she just doesn’t want to come quite yet. But her Momma’s body is ready, and we are all ready, and the pushing gets more intense,yet the baby, she just won’t come.

And I am sitting next door, with my hands and my eyes fixed to my phone, waiting for the next text.

Please pray. They think they might need a C section. Really really really don’t want one.” And so we do, and my stomach is in knots, and I sweat buckets even though it’s freezing out here. And I can hardly breathe. Come on, baby girl, come on…

And right there, in the middle of the waiting room, the Lord speaks to me and reminds me of what He shared with me just four days ago, that my weapon of choice for 2014 would be REST. Needed to be REST. And He reminds me that I agreed with Him, and I would practice using that weapon, because I believe that He is God and He knows best.

So I take a deep breath and I use REST with all there is in me as my weapon of choice to do well.

“Keep praying,” the text reads. I relax my fingers and I hum in victory. And the minutes turn into one hour, and then two. And I choose to let rest rule. Because God is only good. And faithful. And He knows the best way to get this little girl into our world.

Close but painful.” I will my breathing to settle in view of God’s faithfulness. And the minutes still stretch, and I make the choice to rest. Every.Single.Second.

“She’s here.”

And God wins. I burst into tears of overwhelming joy.

my emm


  1. Congratulations on Emmaline’s arrival and entering your life, or I should say your heart ;0) Lovely post and I was very caught up in it and happy to see “she’s here”.


  2. Barbara, every time I read your blog I’m encouraged. Even though I haven’t been on as much as I’d like due to a big life change, I still love stopping by. I love your analogy of Rest as a weapon we choose to wield! How awesome – and what a great testimony of how you chose to use it and how God blessed your obedience. Thanks, as always, for encouraging and challenging me. Many blessings in 2014!! Love, Michelle


      • Dear Barbara
        Oh, my heart rejoices with you! Congratulations, Grannie. I also received great news on Christmas Day; my oldest son, Simon, has got engaged to a girl I already love so much. But truth be told, in the background my heart was already seeing the grandchildren running around.
        Blessings XX


  3. I had never thought of ‘rest’ as a weapon. Mostly as a reward at the end of a task well done. This will give me something to meditate on this week. Rest as a weapon. I’d like to hear more about that.

    Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter. A great blessing for your family in the new year, the first of many.

    ~ Cassandra from Renaissance Women
    Visiting via Sunday Community


  4. Rest at such a beautiful moment of anxiety! One then two hours yet God says rest. Contratulations on a Baby who finally made it. They say C section babies miss something good in the birth canal that helps make them healthy and I am glad she finally made her proper entry. Thank you for sharing with us here at “Tell me a Story.”


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