Ancient Gates Prayers & Promises for Pregnancy & Birth
"Lift up your heads, O you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in. ...
Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty.
The Lord, mighty in battle,
He is the King of glory."
Have you ever read these exhilarating, symbolic words and wondered if it could even be a reference to the opening of your cervix during childbirth?
We know from experience that when we are caught up in the presence of God, aware of His glory all around, childbirth is easier!
Jesus is Immanuel, the God who is with us, the God who is for us, our Ezer who is our ever-present help in time of challenge.
There is no better time to fix our eyes on Jesus, and no better labour activity than worship.
So here is a brand new resource, created by a doula with decades of experience in supporting parents through their baby-having adventures, who has witnessed the goodness of God and the power of God at births.
God is with you and He is for you.
Ancient Gates is about prospecting for the treasures in the word of God (the Bible) for child-bearing, and laying hold of those promises for your felt, lived experience.
The Ancient Gates Prayers & Promises for Pregnancy & Birth includes:
- Introductory booklet
- A set of 24 full colour 10 x 10 cm cards
- A wood card display stand
- A Download Card with code to
download the 24 spoken meditations set to original music beautifully
composed for this project; plus a bonus 18 instrumental-only tracks.
- A USB with track details and high-quality WAV files
- A hand-crafted walnut Keepsake Box for your cards, USB and baby's cord tie
All this for the crazy price of $85.00 - and, as an introductory offer, for the first 50 customers ... it's only $75.00 - but seriously be quick because these are selling super fast.
The cards and music lead you on a journey through four movements:
Firstly, "Prepare", with the six cards and meditations for: Breathe, Quiet, Wait, Safe, Soft and Surrender.
The second movement is "Pilgrimage", with the focus words: Trust, Stand, Move, Dance, Open and Joy.
The third movement is "Challenge" with meditations on the words Sing, Cry, Courage, Strength, Deep and Rest.
The concluding movement is "Celebration" in which we explore together the themes of Peace, Comfort, Bless, Glory, Love, and finally, Thanks.
On the front of each card is the focus word, with a simple blessing or affirmation or expression of faith, along with a real birth action shot from beautiful mothers who contributed to this most special resource.
Turn the card over, and you'll see the corresponding Scripture verse to that particular word.
Then you press 'play' on your playlist, and listen to the prayerful spoken meditations set to the most beautiful, anointed, evocative worship music, each piece especially composed for the 24 meditations. As you listen, you are drawn even deeper into the presence of God as you mull over the incredible riches of God's Word. Your faith is inspired, and you become aware of God's faithfulness to you and His amazing watch-care over you and your baby and your family.
Then, for times when you may be resting or perhaps going through your pregnancy exercises, there are 18 additional tracks with just the music, without the spoken prayers.
There is a synergy in the incredible talents that have come together to make this project happen.
It feels as if the breath of the Spirit has infused the work, each step of the way.
I sense this is something really special, because each time I work on this project ... I cry!
I would like to acknowledge the wonderful artists who have helped bring this long-gestated project to birth:
Mick McIvor, Won Voice Music
Jacqui Naunton, White Deer Graphic Design
Laura Powell - Laura Emily Photography
Jen Shipton - The Heart of Motherhood Photography
Amy Philp - Amy Philp Photography
Sarah Windyanan - Life & Lens Photography
Cat Fancote - Cat Fancote Photography
Emma Jean Photography
And to the parents who so generously shared their sacred moments:
Tim & Imy Chan, Rusila Sevudredre & Joshua Norman, Jess & Josh Counsel, Hannah & Jacob Weir, Hannah Paulsen and Midwife Maet Pearson.
Special thanks to Mark Rombout for adding the whispers of heaven to the music with his wind instrumentals, as he always has done, each time I've heard him play.
And lastly, thank you to the angel voices you may hear woven into the soundtrack - Bernie McIvor, Sarah Johnson, Rachael Hook, Angela Gorman and my very own angel, Hadassah Boone.
My Birth Stories - testimonies to God's faithfulness