Letting God into your delivery room

One of the most calming and cathartic practices I have adopted after a few deliveries is preparing and praying through relevant scripture to assist in a Christ-centered delivery. I started this with Knox and have since shared my ever-growing list with several friends as they prepare for their own deliveries. When I was delivering Knox, Stockton and I had a span of time in the delivery room without interruption that was characterized only by our connection to the word of the Lord. That intentional meditation on scriptures brought everything into focus in the delivery room for us. As I labored in bed through ever-increasing contractions, Stockton would take a single notecard and read its verse to me. With eyes closed, I would meditate on that verse and internalize it; picture myself being the intended recipient of these blessings; breathe through the pain while feeling enveloped in a hedge of heavenly protection. When I was ready to move onto a new verse, I would give him a nod and he would proceed. It was a powerful time for us and a memory I now cherish.

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Delivering Brighton, we didn’t have the opportunity to read our scriptures out loud (you can read that whole story here and how I spent an hour alone listening to worship music instead of reading my scripture cards). Even though I didn’t manage to meditate through the scriptures during labor this time, preparing them the week prior to her birth was just as significant to my mental and spiritual readiness.

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There is no order to these verses, and allowing God to work through them in His own order made them even more relevant and inspired. I hope that if you are an expectant mother, this list blesses you in your delivery. I pray that God would work through your labor and that the Holy Spirit would be present in your delivery room; Creator dwelling among His creation; Spirit filling the space and driving out fear.

 1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence we have before Him: that whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we asked from Him.”

Psalm 61:2 “From the end of the earth, I will cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.”

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

Isaiah 59:1 “Look, the Lord’s hand is not too weak to deliver you; His ear is not too deaf to hear you.”

Psalm 139:13-14 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”

Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen. It gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Isaiah 40:11 “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is enough; it is all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Let Christ take over! The weaker I get, the stronger I become.”

Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation. My stronghold.”

Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”

Proverbs 23:25 “May your father and your mother have joy. May she who bore you rejoice.”

Hebrews 10:35-36 “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it bring you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.”

Habakkuk 3:19 “The sovereign Lord is my source of strength. He gives me the agility of a deer; He enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain.”

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.”

Philippians 4:6-7 “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.”

Philippians 4:8-9 “Whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something if excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Psalm 40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me and he turned to me and heard my cry.”

Deuteronomy 28:4 “The fruit of your womb will be blessed.”

Psalm 127:3 “Children are a blessing from the Lord; the fruit of the womb a reward.”

Isaiah 41:13 “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you ‘Fear not, I will help you.'”

Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and have courage. Don’t be scared. The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Psalm 29:11 “The Lord will give you strength. He will give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”

Psalm 71:6 “I have leaned on you since birth; you pulled me from my mother’s womb. I praise you continually.”

Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

 

2 Comments on “Letting God into your delivery room

  1. I love this! Inspiration for me to print these verses out for my own purposes and keeping them at the forefront during my work days.

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