Preparing to Parent: Your Baby Is God's Gift to You

Preparing to Parent: Your Baby Is God's Gift to You

Godly Parenting: Parenting Skills at Each Stage of Growth

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Today's Scripture
"Children are a blessing and a gift from the LORD." Psalm 127:3 CEV

Thoughts for Today
If you are expecting a baby, your preparation should include reading the Bible in order to more fully understand how God views the child in your womb. This baby is a gift and a blessing from him. God is the giver of life. He has formed the baby in your womb. He is intimately involved with each of the changes that takes place during your pregnancy.

You are the one who put me together inside my mother's body, and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. Nothing about me is hidden from you! I was secretly woven together deep in the earth below, but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do. Psalm 139:13-16 CEV

Consider this ...
Your initial emotion when you learned that you were pregnant might have been regret or fear or joy. No matter what you felt then, understanding God's involvement in your pregnancy should bring about peace.

God loves you. He loves your baby. No matter what your circumstances or special challenges, God is with you. He will give you the strength and wisdom that you need. He will continue to love you and your baby and will make all good things possible.

God has a plan for your life--and your baby's life--and it is a good plan. Praise him for his goodness. Thank him for this new life within you. Thank him for caring, for loving you and for helping you. Praise him for all the good things he has in store for you and your baby. Thank him that you can do all things through Jesus who gives you strength.

Father, thank you for helping me understand that my baby is a gift and a blessing from you. Thank you for your promise to love us and care for us. In Jesus' name ...

These thoughts were drawn from ...

Godly Parenting: Parenting Skills at Each Stage of Growth by N. Elizabeth Holland, M.D. This study addresses parenting skills from the time of conception until the child has reached adulthood. It suggests methods for raising healthy, godly children in an increasingly secular society. Specific emphasis is placed on communication and teaching skills, discipline, protection and sexual issues at each age. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.

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