Birth, Babies and the Bible

I find great hope and strength in God's Word. The Scriptures helped me as I prepared for my labors and I have looked to verses as I confront the challenges of how to raise my children and found much wisdom. I just thought I would pass it on, if you are so interested!

This is one of my favorite Psalms:

Psalm 139: 13-16
"For you created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
Your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book
Before one of them came to be."

Some good ones for you and your kids to memorize:

Deuteronomy 5:16 (the 5th commandment)
“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

Ephesians 6:1-4
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”-which is the first commandment with a promise- “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children, instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

Colossians 3:20-21
“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.”

I read this scripture at my daughter’s baptism:

Deuteronomy 6: 1-2, 5-9
“These are the commands, decree and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.” Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on you doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

It is practical and helpful in understanding how to treat our children by looking at the example of how our heavenly Father treats us, his children:

God discipline His sons
Hebrews 12 1-11
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because e the Lord disciplines those he loves, and punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline) then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best, but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those how have been trained by it.”

God’s standard according to scripture requires obedience from His children above all else.
1Samuel 22-23
“But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”

The entire book of Proverbs is full of wisdom for everyone, especially parents!
Most proverbs express a truth about human behavior. The book was written to give “prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young” (1:4) and to make wise men wiser (1:5). Acquiring wisdom and knowing how to avoid the pitfalls of folly will lead to health and success. Although Proverbs is a practical book dealing with the art of living, it bases wisdom solidly on the fear of the Lord (1:7).

Proverbs 1: 1-7
“The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, foing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young- let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance- for understanding proverbs and parables, the saying and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but foos despise wisdom and discipline. “

Proverbs 22:15
“Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him. “

Proverbs 15:32
“He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.”

Proverbs 20:11
“Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.”

Proverbs 22: 6
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

I know I have had days where I feel like a bad mom and that I am failing. I start to get down on myself and question my worth. It has helped me to cling to the Lord’s promises and be reminded of how he views us, that is as-Children of God and how precious it is to be reminded that we are so valuable to him, so much so that he sent his son to die for us!

I Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”

John 10:10
“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

James 1: 2-7
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If anyone of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. The man should not think he will receive anything fro the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

Galatians 3: 26- 4: 7
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ, have clothes yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons, Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out “Abba, Father,” So you are no longer a salve, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”

Galatians 5:22
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 6:9-10
“Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

Ephesians 1:11-14
“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession-to the praise of his glory.”

Ephesians 2:8-10
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians 4: 22-24
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds. And to put on the new self created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Matthew 7: 7-8
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Matthew 6: 25, 27, 34
“Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life…, Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 11:30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I Peter 5:6-7 “ Humble yoursleves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you upl in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Matthew 10:30 “And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 37:4 “ Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”

Isaiah 55:9-10 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

I John 4:18 "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear..."

I Corinthians 13:4 "Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."