I have chosen to give God everything in my life (oh, yes, there are times when I am reminded of something I’ve selfishly held back, yet again!). Most poignantly, I purposefully choose to place my children in His hands; to trust Him for His best in their lives.
Just the act of birthing these little ones is an incredible walk of surrender. As that final stage of labor wells up, and those waves of birth pangs are so strong, He holds me fast, embracing me in His presence.
I know I cannot go through this intensity on my own. In utter vulnerability and humility, I give Him that last thread of strength and pride I think I own. And, then, in that moment, my Lord who endured the Cross, Who spoke my little one into being, pours His strength and grace upon me. In the midst of His all-surpassing peace, those sweet babies wriggle into their Daddy’s hands for their first breath.
Angie Tolpin’s new book, Redeeming Childbirth, is so full of truth and encouragement for this miraculous time. Watch the video here for a quick overview:
No matter where or how you choose to bring your babies into the world, I urge you to invite the Lord to be part of that experience. Let Him redeem it from what has often been viewed as a fearful or painful time, and to give testimony of His grace. Be an encourager of other women going through this journey, instead of speaking divisive or destructive words of pain, burden, or fear.
By the way, I loved reading that Barbara Harper of Waterbirth International, and author of another of my favorite gentle birth inspiration books, was Angie’s midwife! There is a sweet little anecdotal forward from her, as she remembers prayerfully being in the labor room with Angie.