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“Vorfreude” is a German word I learned many years ago when I lived in Europe. I love the word – it means,“the joyful, intense anticipation of what is coming” – and that’s exactly how I feel these days as my husband and I await the news that we’re grandparents once again.

Our daughter and son-in-law are now officially overdue and they are really hoping that this little bundle of baby decides to make her grand entrance into the world very soon.

Me too. I will be so very happy to hold this little girls in my arms.

Meanwhile, we wait in joyful, intense anticipation for what is coming.

Anticipation is a glorious feeling but a tough word to define. There’s an element of confidence involved but also a “hold your breath” posture of waiting, not being completely sure of what is coming.

And in that space of uncertainty and unknowing, the weeds of anxiety and fear can take root.

I felt that anxiety this morning as I heard my daughter’s voice quiver on the other end of the phone.

I shared my feelings with a friend and she texted back:

He (God) knows that little baby quite well and He has good plans for her. Come to Jesus with your heavy heart, tell Him your fears and allow Him to comfort you. Oh, how deeply He cares for you and how you feel right now.

I needed that gentle, love-filled reminder.

God’s got this.

So, I’m packin’ up and heading west to be with my daughter because she needs her mama . . . and we will anticipate good things together.








  1. Kathy

    Oh Diane! I’ll be praying for a safe delivery and arrival of your new wee granddaughter! Tell Dawne were praying for her as you journey with her through the delivery and arrival of God’s blessing. He’s telling her how much He loves her!

    • Diane (Author)

      I will definitely pass on your message. Thanks so much, Kathy.

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