Expecting your first baby can get pretty messy. Everybody, just about, feels delighted the moment they hear they're going to be a father or a mother for the first time. But once the excitement wears off, you realize you're now faced with an indelible truth: YOU are going to be the parent of your baby. Question is, can you act like one?
Times are hard these days. Which is why preparing for the birth of your first baby is no easy task. If anything, it's no walk in the park. You need to be prepared mentally, emotionally, and financially. Lack of one of these is an ingredient for potential disaster. So before anything else, make sure you talk this out as a couple and that both of you are ready and at the stage of your lives where you feel like it's time to have a baby.
Unknown to some, the Bible verses talk about the act of welcoming a baby before its birth. We call it baby showers. Mothers especially love organizing baby showers. If you're running out of ideas, you could look for inspiration in the Bible verses for themes. For example, a few baby shower boutiques now sell party supplies with Bible verses printed on them. It's a great way to commemorate God's greatest gift to a happily-married couple.
Here are some sample Bible verses about baby.
"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate." (Psalms 127:3-5 ESV)
"Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation- if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good." (1 Peter 2:2-3 ESV)
"See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 18:10 ESV)
"Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger." (Psalm 8:2)
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it." (Proverbs 22:6)
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above." (James 1:17)
The Bible verses teach us to value our children, even before they are a part of this world. Value babies that are still on their way. "...every perfect gift is from above," the Bible verses say. And the best way to value a baby is to make sure you are ready to become a parent, that you are stable financially, mentally, and emotionally. Make that the starting point of your preparations in becoming a responsible parent.
Welcome to parenthood.