Before Ellis was born, my doula gave me a spreadsheet of scripture verses pertaining to labor & childbirth.  All along through my pregnancy and after he was born, some friends shared their favorite "motherhood" scriptures with me.  I appreciated them because I knew that each of the verses had special meaning for them.  They included some of the following:

Is 66:13: "As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you."

Is 40:11: "He tends his flock like a shepherd, he gently leads those that have young."

Ps 42:8: "By day the Lord directs his love, at night His song is with me - a prayer to the God of my life."

I now have my own to add to the list: 

Eph 2: 1-2 "...I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." 

Ellis-size kisses

"...And then God opened my eyes to see that something else was going on beneath the surface of my parenting challenges. I learned the reason why parenthood is often so hard — God uses parenthood to strip away our independence and the sin that keeps us from abiding in him. My true need wasn’t to find the perfect ‘get your child to sleep’ system or the best potty training program or even the top ten ways to get my kids to clean up after themselves, rather it was to see my desperate need to rely on the grace of God. Many times I sought joy and contentment in how perfectly behaved my children are or how smoothly my day went. Yet God knew that what I needed most is only found in him."

 -Christina Fox, Desiringgod.org

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