Bible Verses for Pregnancy

When I was pregnant with my second boy in 2014/2015, I remember the overwhelming anxiety I felt. There were stories about pregnant women being kidnapped and newborns being stolen (it was during the election season), I resorted to staying at home mostly just to be out of harm’s way.

I really cannot imagine what it is like being pregnant in this season of COVID-19. I was telling my husband how great it is not to be pregnant this period and then I remembered so many others are.

I read a post by @monmartt_kids and when I went through the comments, I saw that many pregnant women especially in Lagos have difficulties going to their ante natal appointments, some are anxious about what happens when they go into labour in this lockdown…frankly, there is so much to worry about.

Here are 13 Bible verses to help you out. Read and meditate on them. Pray using these verses and I pray that God will perfect all that concerns you and your pregnancy.

1. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭56:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

2. “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

3. “Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.””
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭35:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

4. “They shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity, for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the Lord, and their descendants with them.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭65:23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

5. “Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:25-26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

6. “He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭112:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

7. “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him.”
‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭1:27‬ ‭ESV‬‬

8. “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

9. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

10. “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:4-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

11. “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

12. “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

13. “But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.””
‭‭Mark‬ ‭5:36‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The days are evil, times are hard, there is so much uncertainty but in all these God’s people will remain victorious.

Christ Centred Goals for 2019

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Honestly, I am not one to make resolutions though my husband and I for the first time set family goals for 2018. By the grace of God, we achieved the goals we set even though most of them happened in ways we did not expect and a few plans had to be changed- that is God for you. Anyway, this year I set out to make resolutions, not just resolutions but Christ centred resolutions because most times we get so caught up in/with ourselves that we think life is really all about us.

Here are the goals I set for this year:

  1. More of the word: I want to dwell more on the word of God this year and beyond. This is so important because it is not possible to draw nearer to God if ample time is not spent on the word. This would include teaching my children more of the word of God.

    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  Colossians 3:16

  2.  Living by Faith: I guess I have come to realise that people who live by faith have less headaches and they constantly glow because they solely depend on God.

    (For we walk by faith, not by sight:). 1 Corinthians 5:7. (P.S this verse makes a fantastic memory verse for kids aged 2-5, I taught it to my boys last year with hand gestures of course).

  3. Pray More: Praying more according to God’s will is what I would love to learn to do, Honestly, I am not there yet. The Bible shows that Jesus prayed according to God’s will, we should follow the example Jesus set for us.

    He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.  Matthew 26:42.

  4.  Love More: As far this goes, I will ask God to open my eyes to what Godly love entails and show me how I can show love to people in need. One thing I have come to realise is that sometimes what we think is love may not really be love. So I will be throwing out the worldly definition of love and focus on Godly love.

    This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12.

  5. Service in Church: I actually serve in various capacities in church, I must admit though, I slacked a bit last year. The key is not to view church work and service as burdensome or unimportant.

    Serve the Lord with gladness:
    come before his presence with singing.  Psalm 100:2

I have no included family goals, because as I said earlier, my husband and I do that together. These are personal goals which I know would further point me to Christ. I set business goals as well. By God’s grace, I would post them next week.

Cheers and Happy New Year!!!

Memory verses for children

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.SONY DSC

It is important to teach our children the word of God and the earlier the better. I taught my first son the first memory verse when he was about two and a half. It was “One Lord, one faith, one baptism- Ephesians 4:5”. It was such a joyous moment to hear him recite it. I must confess, I had taught him that verse with the hopes that he would be able to recite in the children’s week of that year (in front of the whole church) because children in the church I attend often do Bible recitations. When it became apparent that He would not be able (and would not even be steady) to recite in public, I decided to wait another year till when he would be a little more mature. This year, I resumed with the memory verses and it has been fantastic. The best part is, my second son who is two years old memorizes the verses too. I love how excited they are about each new verse and how they excitedly recap the verses of the previous week.

And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.Deuteronomy 11:19

When I was a child, my parents taught us in this way too. Believe me when I say, it never departs from your children. To this very day, I remember most of those verses. Sometimes, when it seemed we could not memorize certain verses, my mum made it into a song to enable us learn faster.God is awesome and I am thankful for the opportunity God has given me to raise future members of His army. Children have so much trust in their parents that they will learn whatever we teach them. Read Bible stories to them, make it fun and exciting, read to them over and over again and make it interactive. Stimulating their interest in God is for your own good (well…and theirs too).

I realized that when I recite the memory verses with my children over and over again, It also helps me learn the verses i never knew. So get on board. From time to time, I will post some of the verses my children have learnt and are learning as guide for those who are willing to introduce memory verse learning to their children. Stay tuned!!!

We will not hide them from their children,
shewing to the generation to come
the praises of the Lord, and his strength,
and his wonderful works that he hath done. Psalm 78:4

Biblical Standpoint on Gossip

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Gossip is a sin. Tolerating gossip is a sin. I have often been guilty of both. Gossip is one of the sins Christians have forgotten it is quite surprising considering how much the Bible has to say about gossip. Proverbs 18:8, Proverbs 20:19, Proverbs 17:4, Proverbs 6:16-19.

“Christian gossip” just might be the worst because we give the justification that we are not gossiping, rather we are concerned about a brother or sister and we want to pray or discuss how to help the person in question. The verse christian gossips usually resort to to justify their behaviour is James 5:19-20 which essentially encourages us to turn those who wander away back so as to save them from death. The problem here is that if we are being honest, when we gossip or should I say ‘discuss’ or ‘share information’ about someone else to someone else, we rarely accomplish the goal of saving the sinner or backslider. Instead, if that person were to walk in on our conversation, he/she would feel shamed and embarrassed.

Gossiping comes in many shades. Sometimes people do not even realise they are gossiping. Remember that listening to gossip is also sinful so there is nothing like ‘I was there when they said this and that but I did not contribute’. If you listened, you encouraged it. Proverbs 17:4. Today’s society craves gossip, we watch gossip on TV, we use our money to buy gossip news and tabloids.

For those who are wondering , the following constitute gossip:

  1. Slander: Spreading lies about someone to intentionally cause damage. Libel is the written form of slander. Colossians 3:8, James 4:11, Jeremiah 6:28, Jeremiah 9:4, Proverbs 11:13, Proverbs 20:19, Proverbs 26:20-22, Proverbs 10:18.
  2. Backbiting: Saying spiteful things abut someone who is not present, usually carried out in secret. Proverbs 25:23, Romans 1:28-32, 2 Corinthians 12:20, Psalm 101:5, Psalm 41:7, 1 Timothy 3:9-11, 1 Timothy 5:13-14, 2 Timothy 3:1-5, Titus 2:2-3.
  3. Rumours: When you hear something that is unconfirmed as true yet you tell someone else or ask around to gather more news on that issue. Proverbs 13:3, Matthew 12:36
  4. Gisting: Nigerians are familiar with this term. It is synonymous with giving the scoop (as well as receiving the scoop), dishin’ the dirt or sharing ‘juicy’ info you ‘heard’ about someone. You may mot have intended to hurt but you have kept the gossip alive and even enhanced its spread. Proverbs 20:19, James 5:9

we are to lay aside all manner of evil speaking. 1 Peter 2:1, Titus 3:2. Pamela Rose Williams has often quoted her husband as saying “If you aren’t part of the problem or the solution, its gossip”. Gossip has ruined office relationships, churches, friendships and even family relationships. Proverbs 17:9. Other words the Bible uses in reference to gossip are: tale bearing, busybody and whispering.

Other verses to further study: Ephesians 4:29, Proverbs 16:28, Exodus 23:1, Psalm 34:13, James 1:26, Luke 6:31, Proverbs 10:18, Leviticus 19:16, Psalm 50:19-23, James 3:7-8, Titus 3:10, Proverbs 18:13, 2 Timothy 3:23, Titus 3:9, Psalm 19:14, 2 Timothy 2:16.