I once thought passing exams at Cornell University was my toughest challenge in life, but a few weeks after the birth of Amariah I seriously reconsidered.
Following an epic rocking session, I said to my husband, “Taking care of her is by far the hardest but most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.”
While having a newborn was a little overwhelming at first, these verses encouraged me to welcome the unique, sanctifying experiences of being a mom. May they be uplifting for you too, in this special new season given by God!
1. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – Strength
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me…
The long days caring for a newborn can be physically exhausting and take a toll on a woman’s endurance.
One of the best exhortations I received post-birth happened during a women’s Bible study at my church.
We were working through Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth’s book Lies Women Believe, and for every struggle, problem, or weakness we identified, we had to respond by saying, “His grace is sufficient!”
That Biblical phrase now resounds in my mind every time I feel inadequate for motherhood, or any task, because our God is infinitely more than adequate!
This Scripture comes from the Paul, who is defending his call to be an apostle, and yet admitting his ever-present need for Christ’s strength. What an example for us.
It’s a revolutionary truth the works opposite of our mind – that acknowledging our weakness leads to godly strength – but it is so freeing! The pressure is not on us, it’s on our all-powerful and perfect Lord.
He is more than ready and able to be our Helper. His sustaining grace has no bounds. He has enabled you to bring new life into the world, and He will enable you to care for it by His Spirit.
2. Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
This often quoted Scripture is very relevant in the postpartum season.
Whether we’re seeking tips for breastfeeding, concerned about our baby’s spit-up, or desperately searching for hacks on stopping colic, our bundle of joy can quickly turn into one of anxiety if we allow it.
The temptation to constantly google and peruse mommy forums is enticing. While these resources can at times be informative, they can also instill paranoia, make parenting idols, and build frustration when diagnoses or solutions fail.
God says that worry is a sin in Matthew 6, and He frequently commands us to trust Him in His Word.
Do not fall into the tantalizing trap of relying on the world wide web, or listen to the lie that everything about the baby is in your control.
We should do everything we can to answer our infant’s cries, but in the end we have to entrust his or her life to the Creator, ask for wisdom in prayer, and rest in His goodness.
3. Philippians 2:14-16 – Holiness
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Once our little one arrives we officially join the parent club. One pervasive trend in this group is complaining (I’m guilty myself!).
From moans about diaper changing and mourning over the loss of personal time, to the invitation from others to vent about lack of sleep, childrearing is frequently spoken of in a negative light.
Don’t give in!Motherhood cannot be an exception to God’s command to shine in contrast to culture. Click To Tweet
Children are a blessing (Psalm 127, 128) and this is not on display when we harp on the downsides. Our tiresome moments must not prevent us from rejoicing in God’s gift and from turning “grumbling” conversations around when they arise.
The weariness is real, but we have to admit it doesn’t go away by preoccupying ourselves with it. Instead, focus on gratitude and on-the-go prayer for sustenance when you’re in the throes of nursing and inconsistent naps.
Bonus: Lack of complaint also relieves our husband’s ears as well!
4. Psalm 139:1-2 – Comfort
O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
God’s omnipresence is a invaluable source of comfort. As we wake up groggy at 12AM and then 2AM to the cry of hunger, stumbling to our baby in the darkness, it is easy to develop self-pity.
Self-pity can then quickly morph into sadness or bitterness.
To combat this consider the wondrous truth that God knows our every move – that our 24/7 work of shepherding life is not in vain but pleasing to our loving Lord!
He has given us temporary tasks that have eternal weight; praise Him for the opportunity to disciple precious souls, even from the early years of sleepless nights.Mothering is filled with temporary tasks that have eternal weight. Click To Tweet
5. Psalm 139:23-24 – Growth
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
In the initial days of coming home from the hospital there is not only a physical recovery period, but also a sensitive time for developing perspective for the months to come.
Rather than being intimidated by the perceived challenges ahead, view this incredible new season as an opportunity to grow in the Lord.
Unlike what the world thinks, times of sacrifices are a blessing! They expose our weaknesses, allowing us to witness God’s glory.
They flush out our fleshly and sinful tendencies, motivating us to become more like Christ. Examine your heart to see where God may be sharpening your faith.
Enjoy your little one’s every smile, laugh, and cuddle, and invite the Lord to use these days to mold you further into His image.
P.S. Four babies later, and 6 years after writing this post, I can attest that it can be easy to disconnect from God during the newborn phase. One helpful practice I developed was seeking to pray and look at verses during my nursing sessions. I love these postpartum cards with encouraging verses from The Daily Grace Co.! – Dani