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10 Peaceful Meditations for New Moms to Find Rest

  • Arlene Pellicane ArlenePellicane.com
10 Peaceful Meditations for New Moms to Find Rest

Time with your new baby is to be cherished. Yet many moms are too frazzled, exhausted, or depressed to truly enjoy those first few months of life. Before having a baby, I didn’t realize an 8-pound-little-lump would require such around the clock care! Physical rest is hard to come by when you’re up in the wee hours of the night. Anxiety, depression, and fatigue are common during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Hormones may contribute to worsening moods or a rise in anxiety for new moms. Having a baby is a huge life transition, bringing a whole new set of priorities and daily tasks.

But thankfully, there is a spiritual rest that can fill your heart even when you are sleep deprived for a season. What you choose to meditate on makes a big difference. What does it mean to meditate actually? It means you ruminate, or think deeply about something. Ruminate also means to chew repeatedly for an extended period. You have probably heard the comparison to a cow chewing the cud, which you can relate to. You’ve been up with your baby who seems to be eating all the time too.

Why not use your time while you’re feeding your baby to think deeply on the name of Jesus? Don’t use that routine time to scroll through social media or watch TV. Instead open up the Word of God. In the name of Jesus, you will find perfect rest. So come, you are invited to feast on who God is. Lay your troubles down beloved mom and find rest in the Prince of Peace. 

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    Meditation #1: A Wall of Fire

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    God, you will protect me and my baby from my enemies, seen and unseen. I know I am a citizen of heaven and one of your children. As you promised in Zechariah 2:5, you will be a wall of fire around my home and be its glory within. I have the certainty of protection because I know your presence dwells in my home. You will fill my home with brightness and splendor. You encircle my life and preserve me from the enemy. Just as the walls of ancient cities rose up to protect its inhabitants, You rise up to protect me from evil. You will insulate me from worry, depression, anxiety, and fear. You are the fire that takes away every cold and bitter thought. You surround my baby with your walls of protection.

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    Meditation #2: A Sure Foundation

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    In this world where illness or natural disasters could strike at any time, God is my sure foundation. God’s promise in Isaiah 28:16 says, “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation.” A tried stone is a fine-grained stone used for carving statutes. I choose to build my life and my baby’s life upon God’s Word. There is no surer foundation for the Christian faith than Jesus. The firm foundation of Christ doesn’t just provide for future growth; it provides for future durability. There is nothing that can shake God, so I root my life in Him. I do not need to worry or hurry. God is my sure foundation. 

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    Meditation #3: The Lord Who Heals

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    The expression “the Lord who heals” comes from the Hebrew word Jehovah Rapha, meaning literally “the Lord Healer.” Jesus heals and sustains; He not only delivers from disease but He directs me into health. Exodus 15:26 says, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord who heals you.” I believe God will not only heal me if I become sick, He will also keep illness away from my baby and me in the first place. 

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    Meditation #4: The Hidden Manna

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    Days can become long and difficult, but I believe God will provide my daily bread. The children of Israel were fed by manna from heaven. Today I believe God will feed me and give me all the energy and nourishment I need as a mother. Revelation 2:17 says, “To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat.” Jesus is my “secret provision” for everything I need. Even when things seem desperate, I know God will provide exactly what my baby and I need. The bread of heaven will fill my soul and I will find rest. 

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    Meditation #5: A Great Light

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    I want to enjoy the full benefit of God’s guiding presence and great light. I commit to listening to the Holy Spirit, seeking answers from above, not from Google, social media, or my phone. Isaiah 9:2 says, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.” God, I trust you will speak light into the confusion and fatigue of my daily circumstances. You will lead me to rest. You will defuse the darkness and sadness around me. I exchange a blanket of gloom and discouragement for Jesus who is the great light. 

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    Meditation #6: A Refiner and Purifier

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    Malachi paints the picture of God as a Refiner and Purifier, “He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver” (Malachi 3:3). Forgive me God of complaining or forgetting your faithfulness. I am willing to accept your correction and purification so I may grow in maturity as a mom. Just like I wash my baby’s clothes, I ask you God to wash any unclean part in me and cleanse me from sin. This purification process can be uncomfortable, but I understand that pain is sometimes necessary for sin to be removed from my life. I know I can rest because I am not condemned; I am forgiven. 

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    Meditation #7: Wonderful Counselor

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    Lord, I am helpless and unsure, but I know Your name is Wonderful, Counselor (Isaiah 9:6). Like the psalmist, I ask “Show me,” “Lead me,” “Teach me,” “Direct me,” “Instruct me,” and “Guide me.” You bring wise counsel into troubling situations. When I am frustrated, I turn to God for direction. In God there is an inexhaustible supply of divine insight – insight that flows from a heavenly vantage point. I rest today because I am not left alone to make decisions. Jesus is my Wonderful Counselor. I place my complete trust and confidence in God’s ability to lead my life and my baby’s life.

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    Meditation #8: The Lifter Up of My Head

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    Psalm 3:3 says, “But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.” When I am weary and cannot find the strength to look up, I believe God has the power to deliver me. The turnaround of my soul comes when I stop trying to parent in my own strength, and I trust God to lift me up instead. When I am assaulted by negative thoughts or total exhaustion, I will cry out to God. By God’s grace, I rid myself of the words “I can’t” because I know “God can.” I am ready for any task because God will give me the inner strength I need.

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    Meditation #9: The Way, the Truth, and the Life

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    When the routine of daily diapers, repetitive tasks, and isolation threaten to rob me of my high calling, I will remember my purpose. In John 14:6, Jesus says “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” In Jesus I find my purpose. I know my life and my baby’s life are not left up to chance. We were born with a purpose. God, please release usefulness in my life. I believe Jesus will guide me on the right path to fulfill God’s best for my life. I am not defeated because the Way guides me, the Truth instructs me, and the Life fills me with God’s power. 

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    Meditation #10: My Rock

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    As a new mom, I can identify with David who wrote in Psalm 31:10, 12 “My life is spent…my strength fails…my bones waste away…I am forgotten…” Yet that same David also wrote in verse 13, “You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.” God, you provide shelter, a defense against my enemies, and a secure footing. When I face difficulties, I will remember that Christ is my Rock, my refuge sufficient for any situation I face with my baby. 

    Beloved mom, you can soak every day in the comfort of God’s name. You may not have time for a long leisurely bubble bath, but you can hide God’s Word in your heart and find rest in the shelter of Almighty God. You are not alone as a mom. God hears your prayers. God sees you and has already provided everything you need to find rest in Him.

    Arlene Pellicane is a speaker and author of Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World and Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What’s RightShe has been a guest on the Today ShowFamily Life TodayThe 700 Club and Turning Point with David Jeremiah. Arlene and her husband James live in San Diego with their three children. Visit Arlene’s website at www.ArlenePellicane.com.

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