Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
Bearing Birth
Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, 'Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?'
Genesis 17:17 (NKJV)
Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.
Genesis 37:5 (NIV)
Whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire.
Matthew 5:22 (NKJV)
One act of bearing is bearing a child. In God, the process starts beautifully, through the deep love of a husband and wife. Even so, delivery is painful, and raising a child (although wonderful) brings challenges to the best of parents.

Is birthing a child like birthing a dream? A dream starts as a beautiful vision through the deep love and plan of our Father. But a dream's delivery can be hard.

Sometimes, our earthly kin scoff at our dreams. Therefore, raising dreams to maturity, to their actual realization, can be a lengthy and difficult job.

Abraham, Sarah, Joseph and David had great dreams, hopes, visions and promises, but their fulfillment didn't come easily.

Please consider these aspects of birthing:

* Large lives begin with tiny conceptions.

* Cherish the dreams given to you by God.

* Bearing down to push through their birth is hard.

* Ignore naysayers and tend to your dreams.

* God doesn't take kindly to dream-haters.

* Bear with time delays and remain faithful.

* Like children, dreams are worth every effort.

* Encourage your friends follow their dreams.

## Bearing Birth (Part 2)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bearing series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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