Courtney Kissinger

Making Way for a Baby

The Angel Gabriel didn’t appear to me and tell me I was going to have a baby. But when a three-dollar pregnancy test did, I was thrilled.

My Baby Changed My Life

I was so happy that I had been given the gift of a new life to bring into this world. Wow. A new life. As that reality sunk in a little deeper, other thoughts and emotions set in.

What will my daily routine be like with this baby?
What will change in my relationships with my friends, family, and everyone I know?
Will they treat me differently because I have this baby?
How will I spend my time once the baby comes?
Will I have still have time for the important things, like Candy Crush and Dancing With the Stars?

It felt strange to suddenly have all these new questions racing through my mind. After all, when I first became pregnant, I didn’t look any different. Aside from occasional morning sickness, I really didn’t feel that different. At times I even wondered, is there really a baby within me? But as the pregnancy progressed, I got bigger. There was no hiding the fact that I had someone else living inside of me. As the weeks passed by and my due date approached, I knew my life was about to change forever. When our daughter, Elliana, was born, everything had changed and my life would never be the same.

Baby Jesus Changed Mary’s Life

As scary as it was to navigate the uncharted waters of pregnancy and caring for a newborn, I wonder what it must have been like for Mary to carry Jesus within her. I mean… she wasn’t just pregnant, she was pregnant with God! I can only imagine the questions that she may have pondered…

What will God look like as a baby?
Will He be born with a beard?
How can I possibly raise God?
What if I mess up?
Who will believe my story, of a miraculous pregnancy announced by an angel?

Mary’s pregnancy was unlike any other pregnancy ever. No one around her could understand what she was going through. Despite all these unknowns, Mary’s trust and confidence in God was steady and strong. During her pregnancy (after traveling about 80 miles to visit her cousin Elizabeth) she spoke of God’s greatness, “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:47).

Will You Let Him Change Your Life?

During Advent, we’re invited to wait and prepare for Jesus at Christmas. Just like God is ready to break into our lives.

If we give God access, He will change our daily routine. The relationships with our friends, our family, and everyone we meet will change. People will treat us differently because of our relationship with Jesus. How we spend our time will change. What we do on the internet and what we watch on TV will be different.

When we first discover Jesus, we may not look any different. At times we may even wonder if Jesus is really with us. But as our relationship with Jesus grows, it will be more noticeable to us and everyone around us.

Don’t let Christmas just be the next thing after Advent this year. Are you willing to let Jesus have access to more areas of your life than before? Advent is about preparing for December 25, and December 26, and every day after, because life will never be the same once we let Jesus into our hearts.

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Courtney Kissinger

About the Author

I graduated from law school and then decided to become an elementary school teacher. I’m married to an arguably attractive youth minister, Brian, and we have the cutest daughter. I hate cheese. That includes cheese on pizza, Nacho Cheese Doritos, cottage cheese, and cream cheese. I will eat cheesecake if it’s covered with chocolate.