Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

Well, I finally have my registration from a hospital. For those of you who have been wondering, every pregnant woman is required to be registered at the women's hospital in their region. This registration gives you the needed paperwork to receive the baby's birth certificate. In order to keep your registration you are required to follow the rules they set for you. So, with all of that in mind I should have been very excited about being registered, but instead I found myself on the edge of crying...or sobbing hysterically and saying that I just couldn't deal with this. What brought this on? Just pregnancy hormones? Culture shock? or maybe the fact that the doctor seemed SO strict and told me up front "Listen, and everything will be okay. Don't listen and there will be problems" following with a HUGE list of tests that I had to have done by Monday? Whatever my reasons, it put me in a state of dread over what the next 4 months would bring. My thoughts were "If I was in America..." (not that I want to be), "The Kiev hospital does this..."..........It was during one of these sessions that I "happened" to be standing next to the piano and, like Lydia, just had to touch it. I just had one hand on the piano tinkering while thinking, then I noticed I was playing a song and tried to figure out what I was playing. The song I was playing was "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms". The first two reactions to come out were: 1) stomp my feet and say that it just isn't fair and 2) laugh out loud at the humor of it because I was doing everything but leaning at that particular moment. After I got past that, I decided to open up the hymnal and read the song. Here are two of the verses:

What a fellowship, what a joy divine, Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, Leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear, Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, Leaning on the everlasting arms.

I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, Leaning on the everlasting arms. WOW! Instead having peace from leaning on Christ, I had a headache from thinking about something that I can do nothing about! Please be praying for me these next few months as I know satan will try to get me stressed about this situation again. Pray that I can lean first on God and secondly on my husband, knowing that between the two of them I'm pretty well taken care of. And with my eyes off of me and my situation, maybe God can work through me to reach this doctor with the Gospel.


  1. I have relatives in Ukraine (my husband is from there) and it sounds strange that they are being so strict... I haven't heard of that before. Maybe you could look around or talk to some national Christians to see if it is not as bad as is looks. Some US friends of ours just had a great birthing experience last year there in Ukraine.... but maybe that depends on the DR. you are using and where you are in Ukraine.

  2. Mrs. VK,

    It very much could depend on where you are and the Dr. you are able to get registered under. This will be my third child born here in Ukraine and each time I have had to deal with the system here. I have talked to many Ukrainians and Americans who have had babies here (all east or south of Kiev) and out of all of them, I have had the best birthing experiences. This time, though, I am not able to use the same doctor because we moved right outside that hospital's region. She would be more than willing to register me, but is not the doctor in charge and they won't register me. So, I have a new, harder doctor this time.



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