Why is faith so important to your journey? Faith requires us to have a belief and a trust in God’s plan.
This becomes so vital to our journey through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum because it allows us to understand that there are some things that we just CANNOT control.
We must have faith that God has a plan for us. And we have to understand and know what are areas that we cannot control and then need to give over to God.
A very important aspect of your journey will be looking at and trying to discern what are areas that you are able to control: selecting your team, making sure that you’re prepared spiritually and mentally, nutritionally, and physically for the upcoming labor, delivery and postpartum period.
Doing our best to care for all of these areas allows us to know that we’ve done everything within our power to set ourselves up for our best possible birth. And we can feel really, really good about that!
We can also feel good that if something doesn’t go according to our plan, we have done everything within our power!
This is where we have to rely on our faith and our belief that God has a plan.
We all know and understand that things just don’t always go perfectly according to our plans. I’m just thinking even of the everyday type stuff: I have a plan to get to the grocery and pick out nutritious foods and a delicious dinner for my family but then my son wakes up at 5 a.m. and is too tired to get to the grocery, then the kids are late out the door to school and the car isn’t starting….all leading up to a failed attempt at dinner resulting in another night at Chick-fil-a. It happens.
You can expect and know that this is what will happen throughout your pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum periods!
Our bodies are created perfectly to deliver babies, but God has also given us other tools and interventions that sometimes become necessary (Chick-fil-A!).
Also, I love how Jennifer Vanderlaan (author of Christian Childbirth) reminds us that having faith doesn’t mean that we will have an easier labor or a perfect outcome! It means that we trust God’s plan! It means we invite God’s will to be done through us!
Remember God knows the date of your baby’s birth before your baby was even conceived (Jeremiah 1:4-5, Galatians 1:15). Allow yourself today to understand that God’s plan is perfect and our job is to do the best we can with all the resources that we have available to us to prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually but also to understand that my birth will go exactly the way it was always supposed to even if it isn’t according to my plan! We have a purpose and our end goal is always Heaven, which simply means loving God and following HIS plan. Really nothing else matters than for us to love because we have the perspective of eternal life!
I invite you now to consider your plan and also consider that if something doesn’t go according to your plan are you able to lift that up and give that over to God?
Pray about it and use lectio divina for Jeremiah 17:7-8.