January 6, 2014
Since this is the week leading up to my due date (oh my goodness!), I thought it would be fitting to spend it posting a few thoughts on preparing for labor and birth.. one of my favorite subjects. If you aren't interested in that sort of thing, rest assured that I have some yummy recipe posts coming and more gut health FAQ's waiting in the wings. So hang in there! Also, as you guys can probably guess, when the baby arrives, I will be posting sporadically and keeping things very short and sweet while I hang out, heal, and nurse the newest little person in our house.
A while ago, I received a great email question from a reader:
I know that when you prepared for Hadley's arrival, you meditated on a lot of scripture. Would you be willing to share what verses you used? As I prepare for my first birth, I would love to have some insight from another mom who has used this strategy.
My answer: Yes! 1,000 times yes. Birth is something that sends my mind reeling. If I didn't keep my thoughts under control with the Word, I would be lost to fear, worry, doubt, and dread. During my pregnancies I've relied heavily on some hand-written notecards with bible verses, hymn lyrics, and favorite quotes as I mentally prepared for labor. Spending the weeks leading up to Hadley's birth dwelling on these truths made such a difference when I was actually in labor. I drew snippets from my memory each time a contraction would start. It was my coping mechanism, and Jesus sustained me with His truth and strength. "I can bear it all, for Jesus suffered, and He suffers in me now; He sympathizes with me, and this makes me strong." Believer, lay hold of this in all times of agony. Let the thought of Jesus strengthen you as you follow in His steps. Find a sweet support in His sympathy." -C.H. Spurgeon
Here's a list of verses that I used (and am still using to prepare for this birth), as well as some more quotes from Spurgeon that are near and dear to my heart. Most of these verses have to do with fear, burdens, peace, and the promise of His help, strength, and power in times of need.
I'm reminding myself, and encouraging you, if you are looking forward to a birth or any big undertaking soon, to read these promises, take them back to the Great Promiser, and ask Him to fulfill His word. Plead His written promises and He will perform them.