Just a head’s up (mostly to any of my male readers): My next few posts will probably involve details of labour and birth. If that makes you uncomfortable, I apologize in advance!
Today was my reminder for what the pain of childbirth is like. Cervix checks and membrane sweeps are certainly no fun, and while it was taking place my mind quickly went to the excruciating pain of pushing the baby out.
I tried to regain control of my thoughts and focus just on breathing through the pain and use it as practice what is to come. When it was all over, I felt a crazy flood of emotions overtake me. It was all becoming very real. Childbirth is coming, there’s no escaping it.
While I feel confident going into this birth armed with my husband, doula and a great doctor, fear is still naturally going to arrive.
Comfort came to me in the form of a verse this afternoon, and I know that it can be applied to whatever BIG thing we’re going to face, whether physical, mental, emotional, etc.
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
There are so many wonderful truths that I pull out of these verses. My present pain and suffering won’t last very long, yet it will produce for our family another blessing beyond words. I am so thankful that the things I see and experience now will soon be gone, and I can fix my eyes on the beauty of my growing family.
My heart felt so alive when God spoke this to me. This is going to be my “labour verse”. As I experience this in such a physical way, I know that the Lord is going to be doing a deeper work in my inner self. Practical training to endure the much harder, non physical battles of life.
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