17 Bible Verses for Pregnany + Labor + Delivery

2:25:00 PM

I am a journaler (if that is a word). I like to write down my thoughts and prayers and stories from different days and seasons in my life. It helps get my feelings out on paper, sure, but it also has proven to be a beautiful way to talk to God. To let Him know my thoughts, my worries, my fears, and my joys. I also love to write down scriptures. It helps keep me grounded in truth and reminds me of God's promises for me (and all of His children). It helps bring me strength, clarity and purpose through whatever I am walking through at the time.

One of the greatest seasons of my life has been pregnancy. I didn't always love being pregnant, there were definitely times I was uncomfortable or miserably sick for no apparent reason, but I always loved the idea that God was using me to bring life into the world. It is humbling beyond words to think that the One who hung the stars in the sky is trusting me to bring another life into the world. And for some insane reason, He blessed me with the opportunity to go through it three times. Three beautiful, completely different pregnancies that drew me closer to Him with each one.

Each of my pregnancies was a little bit different and each baby had their own set of drama around their time in my belly as well as entrance into the world. But it was through many nights spent on my knees and many many months going through scriptures and reading God's word that helped me get through that amazingly difficult season.

Which brings me to the purpose of this post. As a woman of faith I truly believe the Bible is God breathed and that all of the scriptures that make up the Bible can be used as tools from the Creator of the universe and the one who formed that small little human who is growing inside you. Tools to give us strength, perseverance through trials, hope, joy, confidence, etc.

So here is a collection of some of my favorite Bible verses I drew on for strength during my pregnancies, but most especially as I prepared for the intimidating task of labor and delivery. Some I simply wrote down in my journal and prayed over (like a million times) and others I actually made into art and hung around my home so that I could have an "in my face" daily reminder of that promise to me.

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Galatians 6:9

"...I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Matthew 28:20

"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."
Philippians 4:6-7

"Be strong and do not give up for your work will be rewarded."
2 Chronicles 15:7

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."
Psalm 55:22

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."
Psalm 56:3

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13

"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Matthew 11:28-29

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
Romans 12:12

"But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."
Romans 8:25

"Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him."
Psalm 37:7

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance..."
James 1:2-3

"I have made you. I will carry you. I will sustain you and I will rescue you."
Isaiah 46:46

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze."
Isaiah 43:2

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Isaiah 41:10

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
Psalm 43:18

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
Isaiah 55:8

There are so many more good verses that I could share with you, but I will leave you with these for now. As you can tell pregnancy was not this super wonderful, non-stressful time in my life. I dealt with worry, fear, anxiety, pain, uncertainty. I was an emotional roller coaster. But by reading and meditating on scripture it became a beautiful way for me to stay grounded. 

I am forever grateful that the Lord helped draw me closer to Him through each of my pregnancies and continues to do it daily through motherhood.

If you are pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, I urge you to stay in God's word. No matter how busy life is or how hard things may be, I promise you that God's desires for your life are even greater than your desires for yourself. He has a beautiful plan, we just have to remember to trust completely in Him. And understand that His ways are not our ways. 

All of these beautiful photos were taken by the very talented Caroline & Evan Photography at the birth of my second son, Elijah.


Adelle Rose :: 7 Month Update

3:14:00 PM

So I know I haven't done any updates on baby girl, but I guess that is just what happens when you have three children and you just get a little busy living my computer crashed shortly after she was born, so that didn't really help matters.

But here she is!! Adelle Rose. Officially 7 months old today and as sweet as they come.

A little bit on how we are doing:

Adelle has 4 teeth and as you can see a humerus amount of hair for her age...but I mean, come on, does it get any cuter than those pigtails?

Girlfriend can eat let me tell you!! Her favorites right now are chunks of banana and pear. Although she likes the savory flavors too. Not so much a fan of anything sour (so forget anything with blueberries or raspberries in it).

We officially had to stop nursing this past month which was a struggle for me at first. I made it to a year breastfeeding both of the boys, but unfortunately with being busier than ever at work and with all of the kids, I just couldn't keep up with how much she was eating. Although it was hard at first, I believe it was a bit of a blessing in disguise, because it took a bit of the pressure off of me, especially having to pump every couple of hours at work (I used to joke that it was my third job).

She is not quite crawling yet, however she sits up really well and can scoot herself around on her belly or roll to get basically where she wants to go. I'm thinking in this next month she will probably start crawling.

She sleeps about 8-10 (sometimes 12 if we are lucky) hour stretches and goes to bed religiously between 7-7:30PM. She has been my best sleeper out of all of the kids. Although, we did go through a little rough patch the past month or so while those teeth were breaking through. But now we are back to sleeping basically through the night plus 2 naps during the day.

This sweet little girl is just a dream and she really is as happy as that picture captures. She smiles at everyone wherever we go and just has this sparkle about her. I can't wait to see how her little personality blossoms as she gets older.


Grace Above Perfection :: My Postpartum Journey

11:26:00 AM

I feel like I need to preface this post by saying I am not a medical professional. This is simply my journey. If you are feeling depressed or having trouble after having a baby please consult with your doctor or tell someone close to you. You are not alone and you do not have to go through this alone.

After 4 months of (pretty much) sleepless nights and going hard with 3 kiddos and work and just life, postpartum depression (PPD) hit me like a ton of bricks! I felt on edge, depressed, anxious and was not giving my family the best of me. I felt frustrated most of the time and just all in all like a failure at the brink of what seemed like a mental break down every single day. It was getting hard to be strong and hold it together for everyone all of the time.

I remember saying a lot, "I just can't..." or "I'm just tired..." of whatever it was I was facing at the time. Toddler temper tantrums seemed defeating. Daily tasks seemed overwhelming. I basically felt like I was just coasting through life on autopilot. I didn't notice it at the time, but I heard something recently on a Podcast that I listen to, that when we are on autopilot it is the place where evil tends to creep in. BAM! That's where I was! I was on autopilot and Satan had me totally convinced that I was not good enough and that I was not capable of handling my children or my schedule.

This is when I needed to hear TRUTH. In the midst of having all of these feelings, it never crossed my mind that I could be experiencing postpartum depression...It wasn't until after I was sharing some of my struggles with a friend did she out of love and concern suggest that maybe I was experiencing a little PPD.

I think most people assume you have it all figured out by 4 months. I don't know if I am just weird, but I actually found the beginning of postpartum to be easier to handle, almost like the honeymoon phase. And then 6-8 weeks in was when everything felt like it was starting to build up. By this time, 4 months in, I was back full force at work as well as other commitments, which left me feeling burned out and stretched so thin I felt like I would break at any moment. And that is before you count in not getting a decent night's sleep since before baby was even born. We had gotten into a good groove as a family of 5, but every day took just about all I had out of me. By 7:30 when the kids went to bed, I was toast.

My body, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally was depleted, but I was still needed. 3 little humans as well as their daddy count on me. Count on me to keep up with the house work and put dinner on the table and just be a positive light for them. I have to tell you, my husband is an amazing father and partner and he helps so so much around here, but when he doesn't get home from work until 5:30-6:30pm its pretty hard for him to make dinner or do much else besides help with bedtime I like to have dinner ready when he gets home so that we can have those last final hours of the day spent together. But again, it is a LOT! Honestly, the pressure to do everything was only what I put on myself. This was the first lesson I had to learn to beat my PPD. I CAN'T DO IT ALL! At least not well...I feel like I learn this lesson over and over again at different seasons in my life. Maybe one day it will sink in.

Okay, I would love to tell you, BAM! Everything was fixed with a single come to Jesus moment about grace. Unfortunately, I told myself this over and over... and things would be good for a couple of days, but then that overwhelmed, anxious feeling would creep back in. 

It was through the most unconventional circumstance that I felt God used to help shake my funk. My husband was preparing to leave for a men's retreat where he was going to be gone for 5 days....FIVE. That literally sounded like an eternity to me and I had no clue how I was going to do everything and take care of 3 kids by myself for FIVE days. Sounds silly, but I was more than a little stressed at the thought of this task.

I sat and prayed. For strength. For patience. For peace as I took on the task of being single mama for the next few the way, if you are a full time single mom, you are literally my HERO!! I don't know how you do it.

We made it through day 1. Whew. Day 2 was looking a little brighter. By day 3 of that week I was putting the kids to bed (again, 3 children all different ages, all going to bed pretty much at the same time. I still don't know how I managed.) when I had this moment where it felt like the weight of the world was just lifted off my shoulders. I was praying ALL week for strength and stamina and assurance that I was a good mom. I know truth and I know that God has equipped me to be these kids' mama, but most days I felt like I was failing. Somehow through taking away my husband (my crutch) for a week, God made me lean on HIM. I was anxious and frustrated that my husband would be gone, off having fun with a bunch of guys, but by the end of this week, I felt at peace and free. I felt lighter and more capable of doing this mom thing than I had ever felt before.

Fast-forward 2 months to now. I still struggle with feeling inadequate and I still lose my cool from time to time, but I don't feel that weight hanging over me. In light of this journey as a mother of three, today I am choosing JOY. I am choosing PEACE. I am choosing GRACE. Today I may let the kids stay a little later at Summer camp. Watch a show so I can prepare dinner. The laundry may pile a little higher before actually making it to the washer. And the house may not look perfectly spic and span every moment of every day. Let's face it, we are so much better at giving others grace than we are to ourselves...not sure why that is, but today I am extending it to myself. There are 3 little humans that need ME. That need me to be strong and stable. To show them LOVE. And to be a steady for them in this topsy turvy world. This chapter of life is short (although it feels never ending). So I will press on taking one day at a time giving each day my best. Not only for my family, but for me.

Today I am leaning into the TRUTH that God speaks to me instead of the lies that Satan and the world spread. The truth that:

"I am fearfully and wonderfully made.." (Psalm 139:14)

I am "God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for (me) to do." (Ephesians 2:10)

The truth that I never am doing this parenting thing alone or of my own strength. That I have the creator of the Universe upholding me and always available for wisdom + comfort. And that He has totally equipped me for the task ahead. I was made for MY kids and they were made for ME. My journey is my own and no one else's. Your journey is yours. Embrace where you are today and find peace knowing that you are not alone. You are stronger than you know and when you feel like your strength is failing, fall into the arms of your creator. "He will never leave you nor forsake you..." (Deuteronomy 31:8).

Rest in that today.

To any other mama out there who has struggled or is struggling, you are not alone. Hang in there. You are amazing + a superhero in the eyes of your kiddos. You are stronger than you think and God has blessed you with those beautiful babies. He will give you the strength to get through so lean on Him. 

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