And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; and entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: and she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.Luke 1:39-45 KJV
Negative pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting stories on the internet and those told by loved ones can cause women to develop tokophobia (the fear of childbirth) or feel overwhelmed and anxious. As we navigate pregnancy or raise our little ones, we can learn from Biblical figures like Sarah, Hannah, Timothy’s mother, grandmother, etc. It is wise to learn from those who have gone before us—particularly biblical figures.
This Christmas and beyond, we can learn from Mary’s pregnancy experience to help us rise above fear, depression, and anxiety in motherhood.
While pregnant, Mary visited Elizabeth. As we all know, Elizabeth was a woman of faith. She spoke words of life over Mary and her testimony empowered Mary to believe. Before Mary said yes to God, the angel shared the testimony of Elizabeth’s pregnancy with her.
In this day and age, there are women like Elizabeth who speak life and give hope to other women. We need to surround ourselves with Holy Ghost women! We need them during pregnancy and throughout our motherhood journey.
I pray that God will open your eyes to the Elizabeths in your life. I pray that you will meet women who will speak life over you, inspire hope, and encourage you this season. Finally, I pray that God will give you the spirit of discernment to choose your mentors and grace to humbly receive words of wisdom from them.
Would you like to become a member of God’s family? Please say the prayer below and let me know about it here.
Say this: Heavenly Father,
I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe you exist and you sent Jesus to die for me. I receive your love and forgiveness. Reveal yourself to me. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen
Welcome to God’s family!
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Author: Temi Michael-O
Temitope Michael-Olaniran (Fafore) is a wife and #boymom. She is the author of A Christian Mother’s Creed. She created this space to share spiritual experiences of motherhood, provide emotional support to families and develop a virtual community where Christian mothers can share Biblical viewpoints on parenting and other aspects of life.
As a lifelong learner with a passion for mental health, Temi is a PhD student (Infant and Early Childhood Development specializing in Mental Health and Developmental Disorders). She is a Perinatal, Infant, and Early Childhood Mental Health consultant, Certified New Parent Educator, trained Postpartum Doula, and U.S. Army veteran.
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