Awake, Oh Sleeper

I’m currently in the throes of the first trimester of pregnancy. Now, whether you’ve been pregnant or not, you probably have the general idea that this period of time, for many, is not easy. At the risk of wandering into complainer territory, I’ll leave it at that.

I find the biggest challenge during this time is how singularly focused I can become. And not on anything good. My mind tends to stay on one topic and that’s how awful I feel and how badly I wish the days could speed up. All temporary, all a moment, but it consumes me.

This is not just a dilemma of pregnancy. We are all at risk for falling into the trap of being swallowed up—by a feeling, an emotion, an obsession, or any myriad of things. This perspective is keeps us earthbound, in a way. It’s too narrow, too simple, for a soul made for Heaven.

Scripture is filled of reminders for us to run the race, to steady the course, to not fall asleep as we hear in today’s Gospel (see Matthew 25:1-13), yet over and over I find myself sidelined by something very human, and my eyes taken off the Cross. Jesus knew we would all be inclined to struggle in this way.

Our Lord promises us the grace to suffer well, and the grace to wait well, like the faithful virgin in today’s Gospel. I can’t wait around to make my life a prayer, and neither should you, whatever your current struggle. When we get lost in our own troubles, we run the risk of missing out on Jesus Himself Who comes to us in the everyday with the grace to make us Saints.

* It’s important to note that since writing this devotion, our baby was lost to miscarriage. Trusting in God’s everlasting goodness, this message has never been more true. Lord, help me to suffer well! Uniting all my struggles with yours and to the Cross.

Lord, help me to suffer well! // Blythe Fike Click To Tweet

Meditate over this prayer for an increased outpouring of God’s graces today.

Blythe Fike is the wife of Kirby and mother of 8 smallish kids. She loves the quiet life in small town SoCal. She is a contributing author to our children’s devotional prayer book, Rise Up. You can find out more about her here.

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  • Reply
    Angie Thomas
    August 30, 2019 at 5:55 am

    What a beautiful message! Love this so much.. so sorry for your loss. Miscarriages are such a difficult loss, prayers for you during this difficult time.

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    August 30, 2019 at 6:08 am

    I loved today’s message. May God be with you and your husband in mourning the loss of your baby. May he use you to write wonderful devotions as the one I read today.

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    August 30, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Prayers for you, sister. Thank you for blessing us with your words and His message.

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    Erin Brewster
    August 30, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Know our hearts are with you-
    Erin from Atlanta

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    August 30, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Praying for you!

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    August 30, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Blythe, I am so sorry about the loss of your baby. May blessings of comfort be showered upon your beautiful family!

    “We are all at risk for falling into the trap of being swallowed up—by a feeling, an emotion, an obsession, or any myriad of things. This perspective is keeps us earthbound, in a way. It’s too narrow, too simple, for a soul made for Heaven.” This is exactly true and something I need to post on my mirror to read each day. Thank you!

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    August 30, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder of keeping the focus on our Savior and not on ourselves. Said a prayer for you and your family. I am sorry for your loss and inspired by your faith.

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    Judy Risch
    August 30, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Sometimes we forget to thank God for all of his blessings, but instantly his spirit within me brings me back to his faithfulness, and then I thank Him again.

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    August 30, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Beautiful reflection today.
    May God bring people into your life to help you through the loss of your baby and may he give you the grace to accept their love.

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    August 30, 2019 at 8:30 am

    So sorry for your loss 💚

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    August 30, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Your words are such a blessing for us! And a reminder that although our journeys are all different, none are perfect. And ALL lead to the same goal! Today I am grateful for solidarity in our struggles and grace for the journey.

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    Linda Rieselman
    August 30, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Thank you for your message. 30 years ago my little boy was still born. During the pregnancy I had many emotions. I did not have the faith that I have now and I was angry with God. However since then I’ve learned many things, mainlythe blessings I receive from God everyday to help others with their pain. Again I thank you for your message.

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    August 30, 2019 at 9:08 am

    So sorry for your loss! Thanks for a beautiful and timely reflection. Prayers for you and your family.

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    August 30, 2019 at 9:08 am

    This is such a beautiful reminder for me to stay focused on what is important, our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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    August 30, 2019 at 9:14 am

    So sorry for your loss! Thank you for sharing with us.

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    Karolina Stolarska
    August 30, 2019 at 9:28 am

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your child – will pray for you and your family. Thank you so much for sharing this – your faith and courage.

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    Annette Beegle
    August 30, 2019 at 9:43 am

    So sorry. Prayers.

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    August 30, 2019 at 10:47 am

    So sorry for your loss. 😢 Prayers for you and your family for Gods peaceful arms to wrap around you in his love.

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    August 30, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I am heartbroken to hear about the miscarriage. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. Your little one is in the Lord’s arms!

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    Cathy Taylor
    August 30, 2019 at 11:52 am

    So sorry for your loss. I pray you find comfort in the Lord. I am fairly new to your blog and have found your daily reflection very uplifting in my times of sorrow. Bless you and your family. During this time.🙏💕💐

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    Michele Toulouse
    August 30, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    May our Lord wrap you in His comforting presence at this very tender time. I am so sorry for the loss of your little baby. Thank you for sharing your vulnerability and faith by writing this beautiful reflection. God Bless you and your family!

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    Rebecca Dorin
    August 30, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Bless your family, and know your baby is in Mary’s arms. FORGIVE yourself for any complaints you made about first trimester—you are only human! God cares about YOU and BABY. Turn to Him in this grief, He wants you to run into His arms.

    At least part of your baby’s mission was to make sure your womb is ready for the next. But baby had a greater mission too. Part of that was helping you write this blog post for all of us.

    When my mother had her first miscarriage, she was devastated. It was then that my dad’s friend told her: the reason my wife and I decided to try for a baby was because you and Mike did. My parent’s first baby had the mission to make sure that couple felt inspired to have their own. And they did! Your baby lived and completed his/her mission, whatever that mission was, I pray you see it.. And your mission now is to grieve, and to hope, and to know you did what you were supposed to as a mother: help your child live his/her mission. Now, the next baby, you will help him/her live their unique mission. A mission that I hope is a long, happy life on earth. Much love.

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    August 30, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    You are in my prayers and heart. I know how difficult this time is. Jesus certainly is the answer to how you will carry this cross.

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    August 30, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Beautiful devotion. Prayers that you feel God’s loving presence today.

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    August 30, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Prayers for you and your family in this difficult time. God has a plan and in him our faith must remain. In times of trouble and difficulties that can be so hard to remember. You are not alone in this pain! Prayers and hugs.

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    Michelle K.
    August 31, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Beautiful reflection. I am so sorry for your loss. The loss of a child is devastating.

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