These past few weeks, I have been struggling with fear and anxiety about making it full term. I foolishly turned to internet forums of other twin mom’s experiences, which only served to heighten my fears.
After much prayer, I bought a pregnancy devotional journal by Catherine Claire Larson. It has helped my perspective so much! I am resolved now to turn first to scripture, prayer, and worship to deal with my fears, before I research the “typical” stories. A good friend reminded me this brilliant quote:
“Statistics don’t apply to people who trust God.”
In other words, our God is so much bigger than the odds. And His plan for me and for these babies is not defined by statistical information.
I am being much more proactive now regarding my education about pregnancy, labor, and delivery. But ultimately, the best preparation I can subscribe to is the Holy Word of God.
As I continue down this journey to overcome fear regarding D-day (delivery day), I plan to memorize several verses of truth and encouragement. To start, I have these few:
Jeremiah 29:11-13…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. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
2 Timothy 1:7…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Isaiah 26:3…You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! [As I have mentioned before, this is also the verse my mother had memorized when she was bringing me into the world.]
I am open to suggestions! Which verses of courage and trust have you committed to memory?