|For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18|
I am honored to guest post for Redeeming Childbirth today. I am blessed by Angie’s vision to draw women to the Lord through their birthing experiences and unite Christian mothers. The good Lord has graced us with four children. Each birthing experience unique and each endeared me further to Christ. The privilege of motherhood has refined me and brought me greater joy than any other experience in life.
“He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb,”
Our first birth started with my water breaking at 3am and contractions never progressing.
Cue the Pitocin and the extreme pain.
I got an epidural when I was dilated to a 2-3cm. I pushed for about forty-five minutes and I didn’t exactly know what I was supposed to be doing. I couldn’t feel the contractions enough to know when to push. Finally, we experienced our first miracle of life. It was the most beautiful thing we had ever encountered.
I sobbed tears of joy and cried, “It’s a miracle.” And it was.
For our second birth, the doctor suspected my water had already broken again and I was admitted at 7am and put on Pitocin.
The doctor came in around 10:00 to see if I had progressed. He broke my water at this time. I told the OB that I wanted to try to give birth without pain meds. 10 minutes later I quickly changed my tune and told him I wanted the epidural. He looked surprised as he left to order it.
While he was gone the baby started making his way into the world. The nurse had to catch him, but not before I begged for some pain relief. She gave me Stadol. Had I only known how close I was to giving birth I would have refrained because it didn’t do anything for the pain, and made me feel peculiar.
The song “How Great Though Art” popped into my head and I meditated on these words as my baby boy was born,
“Then sings my soul,My Savior God to Thee.How Great Thou Art,How Great Though Art.”
Indeed He is Great and as I looked at my little baby boy I sobbed uncontrollably and thanked the Lord for another safe delivery and healthy baby.
|Unto us a son is given!|
By my third pregnancy, I was seeking to live a natural lifestyle.
“For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth.” Isaiah 54:5
The day finally came and I labored at home.
I hadn’t heard that song in ages and the only explanation I have as to why that song was in my head is that it was a gift from the Lord letting me know that He was with me.
|For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5|
For our fourth baby, we chose to give birth at a birthing center.
As the day grew closer I began to get more anxious about the drive, even though it was just twenty minutes away from our home.
As Psalm 8:2 says, “From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength…”
I did draw strength from my joyous little ones that day.
|I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
3 John 1:4
“Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.”
I am thankful for the Lord’s hand in all of our birthing experiences. I remember having that tremendous flood of tears of gratitude and joy after each precious blessing was brought into this world. I savored each experience in a different way. As promised in Joshua 1:5 ,”…As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I know the same promise is true for you, dear sisters. Draw near unto the Lord and He will draw near to you. Wishing you many blessings as you journey and draw your strength and joy from our Prince of Peace.
Grace and peace,
You can read more from Sharon at Adoring Creations on her blog: AdoringCreations.blogspot.com
A Note From Angie:
I thank Sharon for sharing her testimony of God’s blessing and how He revealed Himself to her in all circumstances in all of her birth experiences! God is so good, all the time! And I want to challenge each of you sisters reading this testimony. Every time I have had a guest post her at Redeeming Childbirth, I receive emails of women disagreeing or judging the author who was willing enough to step out and share her personal and intimate experience of birth.
I want to challenge you, sister. IF you found yourself judging this sweet sister because of her having an epidural, or if you felt judged because she chose to pursue natural birth in her fourth birth and you didn’t, stop right now and watch this video.
Then visit the landing page of my online bible study, “Redeeming the Division: The Quiet Fight Between Women.”
I hope you will consider joining me for this study!