Monday, February 10, 2014

Pregnancy/labor is a Spiritual Battlefield

I have not written in awhile because I am in pregnancy land, comsumed with every exciting and scary thought while riding waves of hormones and emotions. But I have seen God work in alot of ways which is the most peaceful feeling in the world.
As a first time mom, I want to be prepare as much as I can be for everything for the next 4 months and 3 weeks, from labor to breastfeeding. So I have been reading and researching on things that I find important. But than my flesh kicks in. I feel so many emotions from so many different ranges, anxiousness, grumpiness/complaining, fear, negative thoughts or not uplifting thoughts, needing to be the one in control or fretting, and impatience are the ones I have felt. I even started to wander to the darn-you-Eve thought. But than it got me thinking. How did that come about? The fall and the curses that fell on man, woman, and Satan. Now this is part my opinion and part biblical but I began to think about how much pride Satan has for that day and the curse that fell upon man and woman. He of course finds pleasure when he sees us fail by feeding on these feelings and tries at every length to put those thoughts in our heads when we are so weak.
So of course in my indignation towards him and all the work he tries to do, I want to have a plan and focus on those certain feelings that I have now and even prepare for labor. The only place we have to go to is the Bible. So here is my first word: Anxiousness

I am anxious about:
     the health of the baby
     how labor will happen
     wanting to give birth naturally but wont be able to
For other people, it might be the uncertainities of a high risk pregnancy

Jeremiah 17:5-8
Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear[a] when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
* a man who trusts in man= a shrub in the desert
        no good will be seen by this man
*man who trusts in the Lord= tree planted by waters
        no fear when heat comes or anxious  when the year of drought comes because it will not yield
Psalm 18:31-36
For who is God, except the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength,
And makes my way perfect.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
And sets me on my high places.
34 He teaches my hands to make war,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great.
36 You enlarged my path under me,
So my feet did not slip.

*Our God is our rock
*Our God arms us with strength
* Our God makes our ways perfect
*Our God gives us the shield of His salvation
*Our God holds us up with His right hand
*Our God's gentleness makes us great
*Our God enlarges our paths so our feet do not slip

Psalm 107:30
Then they are glad because they are quiet;
So He guides them to their desired haven.

*Our God guides us to our desired haven

Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

*I dont have to be anxious because...
     by prayer and supplication my requests can be made known to God
     the peace of God surpasses all understanding
     the peace of God will guard my heart and mind through Christ

More to come
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