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Heavenly Triggers

He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.  Psalm 113:9 KJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I married a widower with no children.

After three years of marriage with no children—natural or adopted—I was desperate to be a mommy. Having people tell me why they thought I was barren didn’t help. As an introvert, this only depressed me.

After visiting a new mother and her precious baby one Sunday, my anxiety became severe. That night, I wrestled with the clashing emotions of acceptance of my childlessness or storming heaven with my plea. I tossed all night, and on Monday morning I dropped to the floor, crying out to God about my barrenness.

When I had exhausted my tears, I reached for my Bible and turned to the Psalms—the place I normally go when life becomes complicated. And God’s Word did not disappoint. I got a hint of dynamic hope for us to become parents.

I grabbed that glimpse and did not let go. My confidence wavered at times when I saw a pregnant woman or a baby, but eventually a heavenly thought flitted through my mind: “Why not use the pregnant women and babies as triggers to praise the Lord for what He is doing and is going to do?”

I latched on to this heavenly thought and praised God for three months until my appointment with the OBGYN. Some days, I praised Him all day. If I dreamed about babies, and I often did, I praised the Lord when I awoke. After all, didn’t the Psalms exhort me to praise Him? Five times to be exact, even from sunup until sundown.  

I determined to praise God no matter the outcome of my tests, but I was stunned when the OBGYN said I was pregnant. Such conflicting emotions. To think God made me to be a joyful mother of children. I was humbled.

When we need something from God, He will give us heavenly triggers to remind us to praise His name. Even our aches and pains are triggers to praise Him.

What heavenly triggers do you need God to send to you?

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Ethel Lytton

Ethel Lytton is a member of Word Weavers and is the administrator of the Rutledge Writers online group. She has been published in the East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers Anthology and Pens in the Piedmont and was also the recipient of the EMACW Elizabeth Sherrill Scholarship Award. Some of Ethel’s triggers to praise are her three children, their spouses, and her ten grandchildren. Quilting, sewing, and crocheting are some of her hobbies. She is a widow living in Rutledge, GA.


  1. Identified immediately with Lytton. 13 years of waiting for a child & praying constantly. God answers prayer & today I have 2 beautiful children and 2 grandchildren. I liked Lytton's expression of Heavenly Triggers. It will stay with me as a reminder to praise. Need more devos from this author!