It has been my highest goal during this pregnancy to stay positive and continue to remain calm and thankful that The Lord chose myself and Jon to become parents. I've had a rough pregnancy but am humbled by the fact that it could be worse (I wrote a post on being positive during pregnancy here). I am humbled by the fact that it was His plan for us to conceive, grow, and raise this child. I still remain speechless when I think about how lucky I am.
When I think about my son's impending birth, I won't lie and say that I haven't had sick to my stomach thoughts about pain, struggle, and what could go wrong. It's funny how before I became pregnant I was dead set on wanting to experience a drug free, natural birth because it is what God made my body for, but now being 9 months pregnant, I am scared out of my mind and feel vulnerable to the pain. I am 99% sure I will rely on an epidural during the birth but I am 100% sure that I will rely on my God. Knowing we have a healthy boy inside of me, our prayers have changed from growth and comfort to peace and relaxation during birth. I know the Lord has a plan for our son's birth and my thoughts and worries can't change the outcome.
I pray that I can focus on glorifying God through this pregnancy and not allowing the pain to trump the beauty of this miracle. I pray that I not lose hope during the intense pain and trust that He will remove it. I pray He provide me with the strength to birth my son without a C section and that I remain focused on His word and not lose sight of honoring His name. Yes my son is my son here on earth, but more importantly He is the son of the King. Psalm 139:13 reminds me that He knit together the sweet baby kicking inside of me. And Jeremiah 1:5 reminds me that long before I walked the earth, the Lord knew my son and had a plan for him in this life.
If you feel the urge or desire to pray along with us, we'd be ever so grateful. God listens to those who stand in awe of His greatness, goodness, and power, Lord hear our prayers.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do -Proverbs 16:3
I ask that as I prepare for labor, I commit my worries, fears, and even physical pain to the Lord and not lean on my own understanding. I ask for peace, comfort, and safety as I use this labor and birth for His glory alone.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You. -Isaiah 26:3
I pray for a clear and focused mind and a humble heart. I ask for freedom of worry and increased trust in knowing the pains of labor and birth are fleeting and a part of our son's story.
Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, I will give rest. -Matthew 11:28
Again, I pray that I commit my heart and mind to the Lord's will over the next few weeks and during labor pains. I pray to find ultimate rest, comfort, and joy in His embrace as I endure the last few weeks of pregnancy.
And lastly, I pray not to lose sight of the verse below both during labor, birth, and after as I inevitably encounter physical and emotional pain and struggle.
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward! -Psalm 127:3
We are so grateful for this community and cannot wait to share our son with you, thank you!
And I have to thank my dear friend and mama blogger, Jessi, for this post that encouraged and motivated me to really focus on the Lord during labor and birth.