ABC's of Christian Childbirth: The Letter B

Be the Change

"I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us." Philippians 3:13-14 NLT

What is eternally significant about your pregnancy and birth experience? How does allowing the change in you that the Holy spirit wants to make effect your birth outcome and your life?

Let's talk about the first question... What is eternally significant about your journey right now? The choices you make throughout your pregnancy are opportunities to grow with the Lord. Allowing Him to infuse His Spirit with yours enables you to pour out the fruits that come with it.

"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!" Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

By embracing your relationship with Christ during your pregnancy and birth... you are setting the tone for yourself as a parent. Which will impact your son or daughter throughout their lives! I know this sounds big... it is. Not overwhelming... just important! It is important that the choices you make about your daily pregnant life leading up to your birth plan be focused on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. For yourself AND your baby. 

What is the heavenly prize? Your salvation... and the salvation of your baby through your parenting... the salvation of those around who you witness your pregnancy and birth experience... You have the ability to allow the Lord to work through you to secure the eternal fate of many other people during your pregnancy and birth. 

Now for the second... How can the Holy Spirit's presence in your heart during your choices impact your pregnancy and birth outcome? Let's look at how being equipped with each fruit can help!  

Love-You love your baby and yourself. You will teach your baby before it is even born that you love him or her by singing or talking, rubbing your belly, rocking, or even just allowing the feelings of love that your have wash over yourself.

Joy-When you are experiencing joy over your pregnancy you are calm and keeping stress down. You are delighted that your are pregnant which makes having your baby even more exciting! Instead of living in fear or anxiety... you are allowing the Joy within you to sustain you!

Peace- Peace is having the ability to face a fear calmly... to overcome a situation with strength. To know that the Lord is there for you and to feel secure in that. You can be uncomfortable in pregnancy and labor but still be at peace... still be in sound mind to make important decisions.

Patience- Having patience is equal to having faith in yourself during pregnancy. Faith that together, your body and your baby know what they are doing and maybe, just maybe they are guided by something bigger than doctors or nerves. The Lord does work behind the scenes on our behalf all the time. Have patience over your birth.

Kindness- When you are experiencing kindness you are outwardly showing the world the mental state you are enhabiting. You are shinning with a glow that says, "This pregnant lady is not scared of herself and her birth..." and people want to know what you have that they can also recieve. This is your witness.

Goodness- Is wonderful... goodness. When things are good and when you are good, making proper choices and eating healthy you are taking care of yourself and you are experiencing a rare human emotion of complete faith.

Faithfulness- This is so important. To let the Lord do His job. To trust that He cares enough about you to carry you when you are weak. To listen to you when you need a shoulder. To fight for you when you are afraid.... faithfulness is everything.

Gentleness- Being gentle with your words to others will change something in you. It will help you grow for parenting. You will learn to speak and act with love and this will set the tone for when you spend endless hours caring for a newborn.

Self-Control- One of the most important.... this where your heart's placement is crucial. Are you capable of being still and knowing God is God? That He is there? Will you out-lash at others throughout your pregnancy or will you calmly handle your situations with grace? Will you give them to the Lord to help you with or will you find your own means of comfort?

If you are a Christian, you are having a Christian childbirth... Will you Be the Change for yourself and your baby? Will you take this pregnancy as an opportunity to allow the Lord to grow you? 

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