As I come to the final weeks of this pregnancy I'm attempting to prepare myself physically, mentally and spiritually for labor. One of the things that I feel will help me is using scripture as a means of comfort and strength. I have no idea when or how things will play out, but I do know that God is in control and I have to trust in His promises.
I put together this set of verses to review and meditate on as the time for labor draws near. I thought I would share them here just in case anyone else is looking for some encouragement in this area as well.
10 Encouraging Verses for Labor and Delivery
"You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you."
"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
"But you, take courage!
Do not let your hands be weak,
for your work shall be rewarded."
-2 Chronicles 15:7
"Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you."
"Cast your burden on the Lord,
and He will sustain you;
He will never permit
the righteous to be moved."
"I have set the Lord always before me;
because He is at my right hand,
I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad,
and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure."
"God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear
though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved
into the heart of the sea,
though it's waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at it's swelling."
"I lift my eyes up to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth."
"The fear of man lays a snare,
but whoever trust in the Lord is safe."
"Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."