After an incredibly easy labor and delivery, Michael Hudson Bradshaw was born at 2:14 this afternoon. He weighs 8lb, 2oz and is 20 inches long. We are thanking God that the little guy is very healthy and his mama is doing great. Janelle wanted me to thank each one of you who prayed for her and Hudson today. God graciously answered your prayers!
If you came to the blog today and it wasn’t there, we apologize! We had a technical glitch that kept us offline for most of the day. But thankfully we were able to get it back up this evening in time to update you on Hudson’s birth.
As far as a picture, we just have this one snapshot for you tonight because Janelle is the only photogropher around here! But I’m sure she will have more (and better!) pictures for you next week.
When fear for our children grips us, we often look for something “new” to help us deal with it. But instead, we must rely on the true and the tried strategies from God’s Word. They are:
Prayer: “...do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
Promises: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
Saints throughout the centuries have leaned on God’s promises and called out to Him in prayer. And each and every time, they have found Him to be faithful. “I sought the Lord,” David tells us, “and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).
So let’s follow the example of David and that “great cloud of witnesses.” Let’s seek God through constant prayer, and in the space of His promises, let’s park our souls.
With little Hudson arriving on Friday, we girls were busy making all our Thanksgiving plans today. We were back and forth on the phone talking pies and potatoes and fun activities for the kids.
Our purpose behind all this planning is well-expressed by Noel Piper:
“Although we can’t bequeath God to our children, we can help them know him and understand him in ways that prepare them to believe in his name. ‘Everyday’ and ‘especially’ traditions in a family are an important part of that teaching, of picturing who God is and what he’s done in our home and in the world. Traditions are a vital way of displaying our greatest treasure, of showing what—Who—is most important to us.”
For more on our simple family traditions, check out our Thanksgiving Countdown. This ten-part series includes thoughts on how to prepare your heart, your menu, and some memorable moments for your family.
May your efforts to show your family and friends WHO is most important to you, be truly blessed!
Continuing the theme of fighting mothering fears with the promises of God, I want to encourage you to listen to this sermon by Jerry Bridges. He was at our church on Sunday—what a blessing!—and he spoke on “Trusting God.” Here’s one quote that stood out to me:
“Here’s a principle to keep in mind: The promises of god are as real as the circumstances you are in. Your circumstances say “God has forgotten you.” Your circumstances say, “I look for God, and just when I need God to come through for me, God doesn’t seem to be any place.” That’s what your circumstances say. The promise of God says, “I will not leave you. I will never forsake you.” And that promise is just as real as the circumstances you are in. And so by faith, we look beyond our circumstances and we look to the promises of God.” Whether you are tempted to fear over an errant teenager or a disobedient toddler, may God give you faith to look beyond your circumstances and remember the VERY REAL promise that God is with you and will never leave you.
2010 at 9:13 pm | by Janelle Bradshaw
Well, my doc would like to induce me on Friday if Hudson doesn’t make an appearance before then. So, I’m officially on count down. At least I know I’ll be recovered in time to fully enjoy my Thanksgiving food!
We are all pretty much ready to go. Caly and MJ could not be more excited and talk about “baby brother” constantly. My belly has been the recipient of many hugs and kisses! Daddy cannot wait to meet his son and Mommy cannot wait to be on the other side of labor!
Your prayers have been a significant encouragement to me through the births of both my girls. Could I ask you to do me that great kindness a third time?
We will get some pictures up by Friday evening if all goes as planned. And we will be sure to post if Hudson surprises us in the next couple days.