17 Bible Verses for Pregnany + Labor + Delivery

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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.

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