In preperation for our natural water birth these verses and quotes have helped me stay calm and prepare my mind body and soul for the amazing miracle that God has given us. Our sweet baby girl Shelby. A true gift from God!
When we fully give up our own will and strength, that is when Christ’s grace will truly be evident and powerfully effect us.
Below is an excerpt from Passionate Homemaking who wrote a beautiful post with amazing scriptures to help prepare for labor and delivery. Be sure to check out her site for more amazing quotes.
Philippians 4:6-7 – “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (NLT)
2 Cor. 12:9 – “My grace is enough; it is all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become!” (NLT)
“Birth is God’s time. It can’t be rushed or programmed to suit anyone’s clock. It is a time to simply be there, respecting the woman’s space and the natural rhythms of her body. Think of how time ceases to have relevance when you are caught up in the presence of God worshipping Him or when you are in love and spending time with your beloved. Time flies by and you barely notice. Birth time is the timing of nature. Who knows when spring will come? Can a budding flower be found open? Yet in time, these things unfold. So does birth. I sometimes suggest to my clients that they visit the ocean and see the rhythm of the waves on the shore. That right there teaches you, deep within, so much about the patterns, rhythms and power of labor.” – Julie Bell
Reflect upon the blessings of children!
Psalms 127:3 – “Children are a blessing from the Lord; the fruit of the womb a reward.”
Deut. 28:4 – “Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock.”
Isaiah 26:3 – “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.”
1 Peter 5:7 – “Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen, it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
Hebrews 10:35-36 – “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! [A baby!] Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised.” (NLT)
Psalm 40:1 – “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry.”
Aren’t they amazing? Lindsay’s writing is amazing and these few quotes are so helpful.