I started writing this post on March 31, the day before I went into labor. Well, technically, my labor started around midnight that same day, and our son was born the next afternoon. (Birth story to come!)
The above photo is a set of scripture cards I made to take with me into the delivery room. I was feeling so much anxiety and fear around the birthing process, and some days during my last trimester, it was all I could think about. I tried distracting myself. I read article after article and blog after blog. I watched countless Instagram stories. I texted friends and family all the time, seeking comfort and encouragement. Those are all good things, and yet I still felt unsettled. Ultimately, I knew I had to combat that fear with the truth of scripture.
The week before my due date, I sat down and wrote out these 12 verses. Simply writing them down provided assurance. It reminded me that God’s word is faithful and true (Revelation 19:11). While in the delivery room, I took out the cards at one point and looked them over with Charles. Reading them helped me again set my mind at ease and prepare to birth my son. As I began to push, I felt more confident, strong, and empowered than I had ever before in my life. I know that’s the power of God’s word.
These 12 verses are just a sprinkling of those throughout the Bible that speak to our fears. Read them, read the books they come from for the full context, and memorize them. Let them encourage you in whatever you’re currently walking through.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Don't be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
For since he himself has suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.
Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
He said, “Don’t be afraid, you who are treasured by God. Peace to you; be very strong!” As he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
For I know the plans I have for you—this is the Lord’s declaration—plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
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And if you'd like to know more of my story, you can read my testimony here.
Truly, He makes beautiful things.