Following God's Calling - A Postpartum Doula

I'm not even sure where to begin telling you this story but I'll do my very best. Things "going full circle" has been a common occurrence in my life lately and it's so awesome to see God working. My hands are actually shaking while I'm typing this and I haven't even had any caffeine today!

One Saturday morning my sister and I were talking about jobs and whatnot. As many of you know, I still work for my parents part time....like really part time haha! However, I always have in the back of my mind to take my business full time. Anytime I think about working for my parents, "just quit. Take your business full time. Trust in Me." always comes to my mind. I just can't loosen my grip and fully trust in Him, even though I know I need to. I mean, the Lord knows more about my life than I do. Am I right?


Anyway, back to my story. My sister and I were talking and she said "you just need to trust in the Lord". Well duh, Brittany, I know that. Sunday rolls around and it's our pastor's last Sunday at church. The Lord was calling him back into the mission field so of course his sermon was on trusting in the Lord. Coincidence? I think not. The final song at church played and it talked about where the Lord leads, I'll follow. So during that song I prayed that God would lead the way and I promised to follow. I didn't know what I was agreeing to but I was trusting.


We ate lunch at church and as I was on my way home, like turning onto my road, my phone rang. I looked at it and it was one of my friends. She ALWAYS texts me before she calls but she didn't this time so I knew something was up. I answered and immediately asked her what was wrong. She said "nothing but I have a proposition for you". She began telling me about her sister's postpartum journey and that she needed our help. That's all great, I can totally do that but here's the kicker..... her sister lives in Knoxville, Tennessee! 6 hours from my house!!!! So that meant I would have to leave my children for 3 days and I don't like leaving them, EVER! I began crying immediately because this is what I had JUST prayed for and God was working so quickly.



But wait (just like those commercials on TV) THERE'S MORE. Krystal wanted to leave THAT AFTERNOON. So not only did I agree to go to Tennessee for a few days, I agreed to pack my bags and leave within a few hours. And that is exactly what we did. We went to her sister's house and worked our butts off for 3 days.


What did I do as her postpartum doula? I'm glad you asked. I cleaned, I played with her baby and rocked him to sleep a couple times. I organized things that I saw needed to be organized. But more importantly, I chatted with the mama. We came up with a game plan on what things Sam could get done once we left. Krystal, Sam and I laughed until we cried. We stayed up way too late each night chatting but we had the best time. It was one of the best trips I had ever been on. I felt so at peace leaving my family and following what the Lord had set out before me.


So now that you know all that has been on my heart, enjoy a few pictures from our trip. I hope I did this story justice and I hope you can see just how God is working. I challenge you to invite him into your life to do that same.



Until next time my birthy friends,

Jayme









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