Here are the verses I wrote out on plain index cards to read during labor. I added little flower stickers to the cards as well to make them not so plain and flowers are relaxing to me. Since Dumpling arrived 12 days "late" I read the cards a lot during the waiting days. I did actually go over them a few times during labor. Now, most of them are on my vanity mirror. I think I may put them by my rocker so I can review them while nursing--one of the few moments I sit still in the day! Many of these verses were suggested by other readers. To those of you who left verses in the comments, thank you!
I hope these can encourage you wherever you are at today. Whether or not you'll be in labor anytime soon doesn't matter. These verses are some that can renew you during any challenging time and remind you to draw your strength from Him. I find myself repeating them throughout the days and nights, especially when everyone around me, and sometimes including me, is crying or needing something.
I especially like the promise that, "He gently leads those that have young," when I'm feeling swamped and unsure of what to do next with the boys. I ask/beg Him to lead me in that moment. And He does.
He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.
In the morning, O LORD,
you hear my voice;
in the morning
I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act
according to his good purpose.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
God has said,
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
So we say with confidence,
"The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?"
I will say of the LORD,
"He is my refuge and my fortress,
in whom I trust."
We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love rest upon us,
O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.
Psalm 139: 13-16
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.
And my God will meet all your needs
according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 26:3 (I really like and need this verse!)
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in you.
I know what it is to be in need,
and I know what it is to have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being content
in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,
whether living in plenty or in want.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress,
I will never be shaken.
But those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.