14 Bible Verses for Labor & Delivery.
Here I am, month nine, with the looming angst of labor lurking around all corners of my mind. On the flip side, I’m filled with anticipation and expectation for God to deliver me, as I deliver her.
Many people have asked if I have a birth plan. It’s pretty simple - and I say that loosely - try to bear the pain and birth her naturally. However, to prepare my mind and spirit for such a task, I know I’ll need some promising reinforcements.
…Okay, so I started writing this at 38 weeks pregnant – little did I know Baby Girl had plans of her own to show up days later - and here I am finishing it 19 weeks postpartum. Pregnancy and motherhood will do that to you. As a recovering-eternal work in progress-control freak, I’m learning to graciously accept that.
I decided to leave that bit there to start this post as a reminder of how real those feelings were at the time and how overjoyed I am to be on the other side of labor and delivery. (Sorry, Pregnant Mamas). On the other hand, it seems to be baby season all around me! With a number of friends due in such a short time from now, I figured it was still very necessary to share this post.
As an encouragement, I will have you know, no matter what goes according to plan or doesn’t, no matter what you can or can not handle, no matter what surprises may come along, and no matter how fast or slow your labor is – it’s yours, it’s beautiful, and God is with you. He goes before you, preparing your room and the hands of help all around, just as much as He is currently with you in all your fears and excitement. (Perks of a God who is omnipresent). You will survive, even when it feels like you can’t go on. Before you know it, your crying bundle of naked joy with be lying on your sweaty chest and your life will forever be changed.
With that said, I compiled a list of Bible verses to fight for me when I knew I physically couldn’t fight for myself. I didn’t want to allow any room for my flesh to accept defeat when I had the perfect weaponry for victory. I wrote them down, meditated on them, and made sure Derek knew where to find them so that when I was too weak to read them myself, he could quickly and quietly whisper them into my ear. It was just another beautiful display of God’s design for marriage. Derek and I can interchangeably speak His word and claim His promises for one another and know that that’s even more powerful than if I were to do it on my own.
Combat every contraction and power through each push with the promise that your body was intricately created for this. Soon you will be holding that precious baby, warmly wrapped in your built-for-this loving arms, and all that pain will be a part of your past - and quite honestly, fast forgotten.
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets about her anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
2 Samuel 22:33
But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me…
2 Timothy 4:17a
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.
I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy in His dwelling place.
1 Chronicles 16:18
Do not grieve for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
For He wounds but He binds up, He shatters but His hands heal.
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in my weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
…(be) strengthened with all power according His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience…
For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross…
Additionally, my sister-in-law sent me a link to My Joy Filled Life Blog with a powerful prayer for labor that gets more and more condensed for your contracting convenience! Trust me, you’re going to want to write this down and check out her other pre and post pregnancy resources!