I can’t even lie – I’m so scared to actually give birth to this baby. I mean.. what mom isn’t? It’s totally normal to be afraid of the unknown. Nearly all women feel anxiety about labor! You don’t know what’s going to happen, how it’ll feel, or what kind of experience it will bring. Previously I wrote about finding inner peace by seeking comfort in the Word. And I wanted to bring somewhat of a “part two” version. This time, I want to bring 15 Powerful Bible Verses for Labor + Delivery to help ease the stress and anxieties of the hospital, the labor, and what’s to come!
These verses are meant to remind you of your journey into motherhood, give you strength and courage, and remind you that God is always there to protect and prepare you.
“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.” John 16:21
This verse from the book of John reminds me that the pain of labor is worth the joy of seeing my baby.
“They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them.” Isaiah 65:23
“Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son.” Isaiah 66:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
“Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. “ Psalm 30:5
“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” Exodus 15:2
“But now, this is what the Lord says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Isreal: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 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: 1-2
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Joshua 1:9 reminds me that even when I am afraid of what’s to come, God is watching over me and protecting the baby inside of me.
“I life my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber.” Psalm 121: 1-3
“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.” 2 Samuel 22:33
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18
“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 129: 13-16
This passage from Psalm reminds me that I was made by God and therefore my child was made by God. His work is mighty, beautiful, and powerful. In Him, I dwell knowing that he has a purpose for my child.
I wanted to put these verses together for all the mamas that are going through labor soon in hopes that they find the comfort and courage to not be afraid. This weekend has been hard for me, but it reminded me that I am not alone. And neither are you.
I hope this finds you.