Preparing for Lively

I sit here writing on the verge of a drastic life-change. Within a couple weeks, days, or possibly hours, we will have a new addition to our family: our daughter, Lively. It is an interesting and exciting thing to not know the day or hour when such a huge life transition will happen! And it has sent me into super nesting mode: cleaning, doing laundry, washing dishes, and overall trying to get our house in order for when we return from the hospital with a tiny baby girl.

Ironically, all these preparations have distracted me from the most important thing as I prepare to be a mother: my relationship with my God. It shouldn’t surprise me how easily and quickly I forsake my intimacy with God to accomplish my to-do list. This has always been a constant battle. I often put my to-do’s as a priority over time with God. It is something I have had to confess and repent of on many occasions. And this is exactly what I spent my morning doing 2 days ago.

Not only had I been idolizing my to-do list and elevating it above God, I had been avoiding God all together because I was sure He wouldn’t let me continue to whittle down my list. (It’s amazing how quickly I will avoid true interaction with God when I don’t think He’s going to let me do what I want to do.) This resulted in a stark emptiness in my soul that finally drove me to prayer and true interaction with God to deal with the problem. And of course in His grace and mercy, I feel like we pick back up where we left off.

I am so foolish sometimes. Of all the preparations that are needed for this major life transition, the greatest is for my soul to be healthy, alive, and rich in relationship with God. This is my greatest need every day, but ESPECIALLY as I approach this new role in life. As soon as I begin to make “legitimate” excuses for why other things are more important than my relationship with God, that list of “legitimate” excuses will continually lengthen. It is a slippery slope and will be never ending. My priority must always and forever stay the same: to cultivate and enjoy a living and active relationship with my Creator and Savior. This is what I was made for, and I can do nothing of eternal and lasting value without being connected to Him.

So as I sit here watching my belly move around as my daughter kicks her feet, I contemplate the incredible importance of my relationship with God. He is my constant, my priority, my all in all, the reason that I live. Again, I pray that I will never forget this and never let anything come between me and Him. May I always be a woman whose heart belongs fully to God.

What is keeping you from Him today? And is it really so important that it would steal you away from the one thing that matters most? For Jesus Himself said, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26) Not even our own children (as I am learning myself) are to come before devotion to Jesus. Let us be whole-heartedly devoted to Him above all other things.


  1. Ângela Christina Néris

    Awesome, thanks for sharing! 🙂 Praying for you, your family and your blessed ministry!

  2. Thank you for the gut-check! I find myself in the same boat. Placing duty over devotion. God bless you and your bundle of Joy!

  3. I needed this right when you wrote it!

    Love you, kindred spirit! 🙂

    …Sorry I haven’t called back yet… what I called for in the first place isn’t that pertinent anymore… then we got into phone tag mode… lol. Was wanting to make a trip to visit you again, but life got ahead of me & I’m sure you are busy making preps for the baby. Man I’m so excited for this new life! Thank You God for fulfilled promises!

  4. Marni

    I have been feeling the same way lately! Wondering why it is that I am so easily distracted and pulled away from time with God and in His Word! Feeling motivated by your post – thank you! My mom encouraged me to read through the Bible this year. I think it’s an excellent suggestion in light of my recent struggle. Maybe you want to consider doing the same? I almost hesitate to recommend it, because you’re about to have a new little one – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still make time to get in God’s Word, right? I’m not a mother yet, so I don’t know what those first few weeks/months are like, but it’s just a thought 🙂 OH, and I would highly recommend getting the Jesus Storybook Bible ( if you don’t already have it! That would be a fun thing to start reading to your little one… Praying for you all as you near your Lively’s birthday 🙂

  5. Robbie

    So glad you shared this, Kelly. I could so relate to this. I too have allowed “things” to get in the way of my relationship with God. He used you to touch my heart today…..thank you for being a vessell.
    Johnny & I are keeping you all in our prayers and cannot wait for the new introduction of Lively.

  6. Porsha Sales

    I am praying for you, Jimmy, and Lively!!! This is so amazing because I was just trying to write a song last night about surrendering to God and keeping Him in His rightful place in our lives……well I am thankful for your post and inspiration and I pray that your relationship with God will continue to elevate and you can be the best mother He will have you to be. God bless 😉

  7. praying for you and your kicking belly!

  8. I was just about to head upstairs, lay in bed, and write my to-do list for tomorrow. In fact I came over to the computer to simply close any windows when, instead, I read this blog post. Thank you. I needed this. I think I’ll pick my Bible up and read it instead. The to-do’s can wait…

    Blessings to you and your family,

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