My life has been extremely busy throughout my pregnancy. I feel like I haven’t been able to prepare like many women. I produced my first women’s conference April 22nd and I resolved I would stop everything to completely focus on baby, labor and post partum prep after that.
One thing that’s very important to me is preparing my mind and spirit for labor. I do not consider myself a person with high pain tolerance and I want to do everything to train my mind in advance for an optimal birth experience.
Pain and the unpredictability of a new experience can trigger panic and fear, which can increase pain and cause our bodies to tense up. The last thing I need is to inflict more pain and tension on myself as a low pain tolerance person.
In preparation for this, I decided to create a “labor battle plan” filled with God’s Word to memorize, meditate on and claim during labor.
Affirmations are nice, but nothing compares to the living and active power of the Word.
I’ve decided to focus on who Jesus is, who the Holy Spirit is, and who God is to me in preparing this plan. What does the Word say about who the Trinity will be for me in trials, pain and distress?
Here is my battle plan for labor. I’m considering making a board with these verses that I can see and reference the whole time. I’m not really an arts and crafts person though, so if it comes on your heart to make one for me…I would receive it gladly!!
I hope this helps you!
“The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women,” the midwives replied. “They are more vigorous and have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time.”
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:18
Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast.
No evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
He took our sicknesses
and removed our diseases.
I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.
The sovereign LORD is my source of strength. He gives me the agility of a deer; he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain.
Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.
My grace is sufficient for you. My power will be made perfect in your weakness.
2 Cor. 12:9
You will keep in perfect peace, those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.
Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed.
I, even I, am He who comforts you.
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
2 Samuel 22:33
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
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 as you live in Christ Jesus.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.
1 Corinthians 3:6-9
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance.
Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me…surely your goodness and love will pursue me all my days.
Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
“Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD . “Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?” says your God.
Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.
I have also decided to refer to my labor as co-labor instead. The reason is because we are co-labors with Christ and are in complete unity with God. I will be partnering with Him to deliver His baby for whom He chose me to be her mother into the world.
I know Jesus will be holding my hand as God holds me in His arms through co-labor. The healing, calming glow of Holy Spirit will go through my body to ease pain. Holy Spirit will also relax my baby and gently escort her through my birth canal and safely place her into my arms.
With each contraction, I will inhale the power of the Holy Spirit and exhale into the rest of Jesus arms.
I will see God hovering over me with the strong, soothing comfort of His big billowing wings.
When fear creeps in, I will speak back to it, resisting the enemy so he flees in seven directions. I will remind him that I am more than a conqueror and God has already won on my behalf. My baby has already been born beautifully. I will agree with the vision He has specifically shown me over my childbirth so I can enjoy the blessings of Jesus’s resurrection.
I hope this helps you in your co-labor to meet your sweet child. You are blessed with life in abundance and perfect communion with God in one of the most incredible experiences of your life.
What an honor it is to partner with God in creating and birthing new life. It’s time for us to take back the gift of birth that God originally intended for it be!