Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart.Jeremiah 1:5
I prayed for this child, and the Lord granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord.1 Samuel 1:27-28
“Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse into the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it’s soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny, –she would see that in all God’s world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her.” -JR Miller
Baby's growth? Naomi is SO active! She is growin', growin' - weighing now as much as four oranges -- about 3.3 pounds and about 16 inches, head to heel. :) #ILoveBeingPregnant
Discussion Question: Do you have any wisdom, tips, or advice on dealing with fear surrounding pregnancy and birth?
My answer -
The opposite of fear is faith. No matter what you're believing God for in your life, fear is your number one enemy. The worst enemy of a pregnant woman in labor is fear. Fear releases chemicals in the body that produce pain.
Our first question to fear/pain should be this - Who said? Who said we have reason to fear? Who said we would have a bad experience? This fear is solely preconceived and based upon the hundreds of stories we've heard told, horrific scenes from movies and television.
We then begin to believe and even confess that having bad experiences in both pregnancy and childbirth is the way it has always been, will always be, and what we're destined for.....
But nothing could be further from the Truth of God's Word --
- We are not of this world. (John 17:14)
- Pain in childbirth came as apart of the curse, and Jesus became a curse for us as He paid it all on the cross at Calvary. (Genesis 3:16; Galatians 3:13; Isaiah 53:4-5)
So God tells us exactly what to do with fear - (pray out loud) -
Rebuking fear causes it to leave by faith, but it's a continuous thing because, well...we're human. At the first onset of fear: recognize it, take authority over it in Jesus' name, get rid of it, and move on.
- "I rebuke you fear in the name of Jesus. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. I have God's perfect love and that perfect love casts out fear." (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18)
In addition, the unknown produces fear. The more you educate yourself on how your body works, what it was made to do, and what it must do, the less likely you'll be afraid. Here's one thing as an example -
- It's important to understand that muscle contractions are muscles tightening. Period. Do not allow labor contractions to coexist in your thoughts with the idea of pain. This is just your body tightening and releasing, doing exactly what it was made to do in order to make progress to deliver your baby. Contraction does not equal pain. Contraction equals progress. :)
Lastly, we must take our thoughts captive, holding them accountable to the Truth in God's Word.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets
itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive
every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
(2 Corinthians 10:5)