I just wanted to take a moment today to remind my wonderful readers that you can pray for your baby, and say blessings over your baby, at any time.  No need for a special occasion, you don’t have to wait for bed time.  Use the minutes you have during the day: While preparing a snack During bathtime While rocking baby Going for walks After reading a book This is not a complete list, so be creative.  Find the daily activities that help you remember and pray for your baby every day – you can start before he/she is born.Read More →

It is always so interesting to me when God begins to open my eyes to something I had never thought to question before.  This week, as I explained Monday, I get the opportunity to do that. So where am I in the growth process today? For starters, I want to say that nothing has made me think birth doesn’t usually work out fine.  It would take a lot for that to change.  But what is being stirred inside me is why I think birth usually works out fine.  Why do I trust the birth process?  Why do I think someone else should trust the birthRead More →

OK, so you don’t want to wait for labor to start using the prayers you wrote this week?  I personally think that is fantastic and I encourage you to start incorporating them into your prayer life now. But I can also see how just reading the prayer you wrote probably isn’t the prayer experience you were hoping for.  If this is the case, here are three ways you can use the prayer you wrote for labor now. Journal it If you’ve never tried journaling it may seem intimidating.  It shouldn’t.  It is still just talking to God.  But the process of writing in a journal slows youRead More →

Time to make your prayer labor friendly.  There are acutally a few ways you can do this, and if you have the time you might want to do them all.  It just depends on your personality and what will give you the most comfort during labor. One way to prepare your prayer for labor is to type it onto a sheet in a pretty font with beautiful images.  This gives you something to look at and focus on during labor, and you can read the prayer or have someone else read it to you. Another way is to break the prayer into smaller bits andRead More →

I did a quick internet search and found many websites that list childbirth prayers.  The websites even represent a variety of Christian backgrounds.  So I wanted to encourage you to do an activity today.  It starts with the very same internet search I just did.  Choose three or four websites, they don’t have to represent your specific denomination, and read the prayers they list. As you read, keep notes of the bits and pieces you like.  It may be special wording that moves you or a topic that really speaks to your heart.  Just keep track of the things that God draws your attention to.Read More →

Have I told you I am a perfectionist?  It’s true, I am.  So I deal quite frequently with something the world calls “failure.”  Failure means I did not achieve what I set out to achieve. When you are a perfectionist, you aim pretty high and the mark is really easy to miss.  But I just keep pushing myself to do more and to do it better. So when I tell you I struggle with failure, I need to qualify that I received 81% on a midwifery test last week, and I was devastated. Really, it sent me into full out panic as I sat outside the classroomRead More →

One of my favorite verses, which I am too lazy to look up right now, says something to the effect of seeking you through the watches of the night and on my bed I remember you.  Night time worship, amazing. At the time I found that verse God was teaching me the difference between sleep and rest.  You see, sleep is a state of consciousness that my body goes into from time to time, but rest is a state of peace that my body cannot manufacture.  Rest comes from God, and he can give it to me without sleep. Yes, I serve the God whoRead More →

I have a very guarded tongue.  I have trained myself to keep quiet about the issues my friends share with me.  They deserve the privacy and the respect when they seek my help.  But this respect of their privacy is not limited to “clinical” advice seeking. When a friend tells me she is pregnant, I congratulate her and let her continue to tell the people she wants to know.  I do not put her on prayer lists, share the news with a small group or talk about it with other friends at church or on Facebook. On the one hand it is gossip, but onRead More →

Last week I challenged you to move your body – to be active – just for one week.  I hope you found an activity you enjoy whether it is walking, biking, tennis, swimming or anything else you find pleasant.  I promised to give you some questions to ask yourself about the experiment, and here they are. 1. What did you try that worked to increase the amount of activity you get. 2. What did you try that did not work to increase the amount of activity you get. 3. What ways did your body react to increasing activity? 4. What negative effects did you expect that youRead More →