Friday, September 4, 2015

Scriptures to Encourage Mom's of Newborns


There's no doubt about it- the newborn days are hard. I'm trying to remember, and to prepare myself mentally as much as possible for reentering that difficult but sweet phase {e.d.d. is only a month away!}.

One of the preparations I've been making is to collect Scriptures that I know will be of encouragement in my sleep-deprived haze. If I have a few collected treasures to meditate on when I'm lacking mental capacity for much more, I hope it will sustain me spiritually and emotionally through those first harried weeks.

And I'm getting ready to continue my Bible Reading Plan one-handed on my iPhone during early morning nursing sessions. A busy mama has to do what a busy mama has to do.

Romans 15:5 "May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus," God is the God of endurance and encouragement. He will help me to endure, and encourage me through the process.

2 Corinthians 11:27-28 "in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches." The apostles endured much hardship for the furtherance of the Gospel- my calling to motherhood may involve "many a sleepless night," but I am still adequately nourished and sheltered, among many other material and physical blessings. I find it interesting too that Paul's anxiety for the churches and his relationship to them is compared with a "nursing mother taking care of her own children," 1 Thessalonians 2:7.

Isaiah 40:11 "He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young." When I am feeling weak and frail, I can remember that my God cares gently for me. His grace is more than sufficient for the day... and night.

Isaiah 40:28-31 "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary;they shall walk and not faint."

I asked you for your recommendations on Facebook, and really appreciated the additions to my list:

Psalm 61:2 "From the end of the earth I will cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

Psalm 121: 1-2 "I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth."

So what Scriptures have blessed you in the difficult postpartum season? Or just in general when you've felt exhausted as a mom?

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