Expecting: Praying for Your Child's Development―Body and Soul

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Wrap Your New Baby in Prayer

Just as the heart of your baby begins to beat and as little ears take shape, speak words of prayer asking for a heart that beats for God and for ears that listen for His leading. This beautiful prayer book will guide you as you pray for your child's physical growth as well as his or her spiritual growth. The precious forty weeks of creation will become even more meaningful as you reflect on the illustrations that depict your baby's development.

Each week you will be blessed with:

  • A prayer for your child's body and soul
  • A devotional message
  • A carefully selected scripture
  • An inspirational quote
  • A "body and soul" reflection for mom
  • A space for you to journal your own thoughts and prayers

  • Create a keepsake you and your child will cherish forever

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    Expecting WEEK 1


    Prayer ♥ Uterine Lining

    Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.

    Jeremiah 1:5a

    Certainly the world owes more to the prayers of women than it realizes.

    Herbert Lockyer
    A Prayer for Baby—Body and Soul


    God, I know it’s never too early to pray for my future children. Thoughts of motherhood have always had a place in my mind and heart. I’m not naïve enough to think it will be easy, but I know I can do this with you by my side.

    God, will you watch over my body as it prepares to welcome a child into my womb? Will you work out everything for good and make sure the conditions are just right for conception?

    I want to start praying even now for the child who will someday rest in my arms. Would you protect that baby? Would you help him grow up to be healthy and happy? To be a child who falls in love with Jesus and never stops growing in his relationship with you?

    Please give me the discipline to pray for my child every day for the rest of my life.

    In Jesus’ name, Amen.
    Baby’s Physical Development


    No baby yet at this point. His parts are still nestled safely in two different bodies—Mom’s and Dad’s. It’s amazing to think that a tiny egg (present in a woman’s body since before she was born) can unite with an even tinier sperm from her partner’s body and create a brand-new human being. Your uterine lining goes so baby can come!


    Mom’s Development—Body and Soul


    Oddly enough, the forty weeks of pregnancy start two weeks before your baby is even conceived. If you’ve been trying for a while, you’re probably spending a lot of time talking to God about this desire of your heart. He’s listening to those prayers!

    If a baby wasn’t in your plans right now, God knows this too. And He’ll be there for you throughout your pregnancy, guiding you through.

    Whether the start of your period spells disappointment or relief, your body is hard at work readying your uterus for a baby. The lining of the uterine wall has been shed, and hormones are preparing an egg for release. If the timing and conditions are right, and a single sperm unites with that egg, you could get pregnant!

    This is a week of contemplation. Pray for wisdom, calmness of heart (more babies seem to be conceived in relaxed atmospheres), and unity between you and your husband.

    And then get ready for the ride of your life!
    In Your Words


    What one request is weighing on your heart right now? Write a prayer to God that addresses that need.

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