The moment I discovered that my husband and I were pregnant with our first of three sons I walked across the street and bought a baby bathtub. I know-weird choice. In my defense, it was a drug store and although the options were few, it didn’t dampen my deep joy or enthusiasm over the fact that a miraculous event was occurring for us! And then the morning sickness began. Each of my 3 pregnancies and deliveries were different from the one before, and each delivery was unique and unexpected.
The one thing that remained constant was my prayers and meditation on God’s unchanging Word to get me through pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
This is a list of 12 passages that I think may be helpful to meditate on as part of the wonderful, scary, exhilarating, exhausting, fantastic, joyful miracle of bringing a child into the world!
Print them out, or write them on note cards to focus on as part of your daily devotions. Bring them along to the place where you will be delivering-nothing will help you more than clinging to the truth of God’s Word! May it bring peace of mind, encouragement, and strength to you! You can also pray this prayer for labor and delivery.
12 PASSAGES FOR PREGNANCY, LABOR, AND DELIVERY:
Certainly you made my mind and heart; you wove me together in my mother’s womb. I will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing. You knew me thoroughly; my bones were not hidden from you, when I was made in secret and sewed together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb. All the days ordained for me were recorded in your scroll before one of them came into existence.
Yes, sons are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Sons born during one’s youth are like arrows in a warrior’s hand. How blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! They will not be put to shame when they confront enemies at the city gate.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. And what you learned and received and heard and saw in me, do these things. And the God of peace will be with you.
Whenever I remember you on my bed, and think about you during the nighttime hours. For you are my deliverer; under your wings I rejoice. My soul pursues you; your right hand upholds me.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless
The sovereign Lord is my source of strength. He gives me the agility of a deer; he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain.
Look, the Lord’s hand is not too weak to deliver you; his ear is not too deaf to hear you.
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
I have leaned on you since birth; you pulled me from my mother’s womb. I praise you continually.
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.
1 John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have before him: that whenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from him.
May your father and your mother have joy; may she who bore you rejoice.
YOUR TURN! What verses helped you get through the months of pregnancy, labor, and delivery? How did today's post benefit you personally? I love to hear from YOU!