Monthly Archives: May 2014

Ginhawa Lalom

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When a woman is going through a particularly intense contraction during a natural labor, a midwife might say to her, “Breathe deeply.” In Bisaya/Visayan, this phrase is “ginhawa lalom.” You don’t expect to say this to a baby, but if a baby is born and has difficulty transitioning to breathing, you might!

I wrote last week of a baby who was born with difficulty breathing and had to be transported to the hospital. I asked for prayer, and I myself have been praying every day for the baby and her parents. God has been gracious!

Within two days, we midwives received a message from the mother that the baby was breathing well in hospital. The baby was released, and the mother came for a postpartum visit at the birth center, and she saw me for the check-up.

What a beautiful baby girl to see, breathing normally and breastfeeding well! She is already back to her birth weight. My soul magnifies the Lord for this precious life.

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Thank you, Jesus!

Artwork from the Treehouse

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Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    nor stands in the path of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    planted by the rivers of water,
    that brings forth its fruit in its season,
    whose leaf also shall not wither;
and whatever he does shall prosper.

Psalm 1:1-3