Hello again. In the spirit of national infertility awareness week(NIAW) im going to post a short encouragement/prayer while I’m working on other posts!
Today I’m going to encourage you to take into prayer those who are struggling with infertility. Infertility so often feels like a journey that your going through alone, and that is not the case. I have been constantly amazed in the last while about how many people I have talked to had been struggling with infertility at one point in their life. So the way I see it is the more people that share their story the better!
Need more encouragement than this? Go to Ayla and Calebs YouTube channel and watch their video for NIAW . It of course is called You are not alone | # LISTEN UP!
God, today I’m going to ask you to come in to all the hearts of all those struggling with infertility. God this is not something that is easy to go through but we know that you have a plan for it. So while we are waiting for our heaven sent blessing, we will praise You! May we count each day as one day closer to our answered prayers. In Jesus Name with love and thanksgiving. AMEN.
With love… The Hopeful Wife
Hey everyone. I’m writing today to talk to you about something important especially to me. This coming week April 23rd to 29th is National Infertility Awareness Week! So this week I’m asking you to be brave and to share your story! Spread awareness about infertility, how difficult it can be,and how important it is for us to receive prayers for this. Our infertility story should never be something to be ashamed about and not something to be hidden behind closed doors. So this week share your story, post something about infertitilty awareness in your status, or simply comment below with your story! And for all of you out there who knows someone struggling with infertility, please show your support as well. If you want some great banners to post to support this etc. go to www.resolve.org for some downloadable images.
This week I’m also hoping to dive further into our infertility journey.
I cannot tell you when this struggle will be over. I can however do my best to share my journey to let you know you are not alone. More importantly I want to remind you (and myself) that God hasn’t left us. He hears our prayers and desires and catches every tear we cry( Psalm56:8).
Be prayerful and trust that God will answer your prayers.
Hitherto have ye asked nothing In my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. John16:24
Don’t give up. Keep faith.
With love, The Hopeful Wife
Has any of you ever felt unsure, uncertain of God’s plan for your life?
Today was one of those days for me anyway.
I married young and am the mother of two beautiful children. Ones that I love with all my heart but today I questioned if this is really what my life is supposed to be….. a stay at home mom. Isn’t there supposed to be more to my life?
I started thinking- what if we had decided to wait longer to get married, what if we had waited longer to have children, what if this, what if that…. I started doubting God had a special plan for my life.
And honestly right now I’m not sure what that is. I can’t find any great awesome reasons as to why my life is what it is right now. Or give you an inspirational comparison or encouragement…it’s just the raw truth. Sometimes in the midst of motherhood when things are rough, we wonder and we doubt. Maybe not all of us but I know I sure do…..
And I think it’s ok to admit that. I’m not saying it’s ok to dwell in “what ifs” or “what could have beens” but sometimes it does cross our minds. I think we need to talk about it. To God, to our husbands, to our friends……open up and share our struggles. Usually they are more than willing to give a word of encouragement. Especially God ❤
And you know what sometimes it might not help and we still might not understand, especially when we are buried in laundry, a messy house and screaming children. But I trust that the Lord has a plan that will someday be revealed to me. And it will be beautiful. And I feel part of that plan is to stay at home with my children for now. Even when I feel like my life should be more… Even if I don’t see any beauty or divine purpose to it tonight.
God’s plan is perfect!
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NKJV
The Mennonite Wife ❤
Scripture Reading: Luke 19:1-10
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which is lost.” -Luke 19:10
Jesus came for the broken, the sinners, for the ones that needed Him. How often have we been among the idle tongue waggers who are whispering “Did you see? He has gone to be the guest of a person who is a sinner!”
What we do not realize is that Jesus did not come for those who think they aren’t sinners or who think they are righteous. Those kind of people don’t need saving, now do they? Because, truly what would have been the point of our Saviour’s suffering and sacrifice on the cross if we did not need to be found or saved. If we thought that we were righteous enough to look down our noses at another and condemn him. There would have been no purpose for any of it.
I can only hang my head in guilt as I type these words. I’ve been among the ones who looked scornfully on at “The Zacchaeus” and judged his sinfulness. It’s a struggle I still still struggle with. Even though I myself know I am far from righteous. Pride wants to creep into my heart and cover up my own sinfulness. It tells me, “Well at least your better than that person.”
But the truth is no one is better than the other. It reminds of this graph design I saw recently.
This is how God sees us and our sins. Not one worse or better then the other. All equal in His sight. All in need of the one who came to seek and save that which is lost.
I don’t know about you but I for one am definitely one of the lost, and in need of saving by the Good Shepherd. So I have zero right to condemn. And Praise God!! He is willing to save a wretch like me!
Moral of the story: Always remember that I cannot save myself and that all sin is equal before our Lord. It is only through the perfect sacrifice of Christ that I am found and redeemed. Always, always stay humble 💝
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for loving sinners like me enough to come and save us. May I always stay humble and remember that You came for the broken, not the whole. I want to repent of my judgemental attitude and the pride that resides with in me. I ask that you may change my heart, help me to always remember that all sinners are equal in your eyes and in need of saving. I among them. Thank You for hanging on the cross for me. May the glory be to You forever and ever. In Jesus’ name. Amen
The Mennonite Wife
Today I am not okay. Right now I am angry, sad, very frustrated and out of hope. As of this moment I don’t know how to deal with infertility anymore. I don’t know how to be encouraging, and I don’t want to smile. My heart hurts…. it actually physically hurts! All I want to do is scream… and cry out in frustration.
God I don’t understand. I’ve seen so many couples have their prayers answered, so many pleas to You that have been heard. So I’m wondering right now if You are listening. Do You hear me God? Are You beside me? Have You forgotten about me?
I know the answers to those questions God, but right now I need to be reminded. Remind me God that Your there for me, remind me that You are carrying me, remind me of Your grace and love and hold me close.
Wipe the tears from my face and show me that there is more to life than this. Help me so that infertility does NOT define me, but rather let me be defined with what You did for me and how You have changed me.
Signed With Love, Your daughter.
My letter to God is raw and kind of ugly. I am not proud of myself for doubting this much and being… well lets just say the word jealous. Jealously has raised its ugly head all to often in the last while for my liking. I wish I could say that I don’t get jealous, or that I’m always happy for people right away when they tell me that they are expecting but I’m not. I am happy for them… but just incredibly sad for myself so it just takes me a bit to get over my sadness for myself and be happy for them. So hopefully everyone will be understanding if I don’t jump for joy with them right away. I pray that God will help me rejoice with mothers to be and that my faith will become stronger so that His love will shine. Your way God, let thine will be done.
Until next time… the learning to be Hopeful Wife.
Have you started to doubt the power of God?
Do you feel like He isn’t listening? Are you running out of hope? I know I often feel like this, and during the holidays it gets worse. The aching for your family to grow suddenly becomes stronger and your house feels emptier. With this you start to wonder…. does God answer prayers?
Yes!!! He does! That’s what I want you to know and focus on this Christmas season. God listens, He hears your pleas and He knows your desires.
When you can’t seem to find happiness in the holidays think about all your answered prayers this year.
Maybe your husband got a job that was a better environment.
Maybe family members realized how hard infertility was for you and they showered you with love.♡
Maybe you got a positive pregnancy test, and had your prayers answered.
I don’t know what your petitions to God were, but I’m sure some were answered….even if it was as simple as your husband getting home safely in bad weather.
Give yourself some grace this Christmas!
This Christmas gift yourself some grace if you’re finding it hard. Give yourself a break if you burst into tears. It’s okay! Cry a bit and then remember as you dry your tears GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS!
With love and Christmas wishes♡
The LTB( learning to be) Hopeful Wife.
(Find Day # 29 here.)
Scripture Reading: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
Prayer is so very important and such a beautiful sacred connection with God. We should search our words and our hearts before we pray to see what our true intentions are. Even in this we can ask the Lord help. Ask Him to root out all selfish and earthly thoughts. We want our prayers to be heard but they must be acceptable prayers. Not ones with a selfish intent or an evil motivation. Our words and thoughts should be pure and coming from a place deep within our soul.
As I learn more and more about prayer, I long to learn how to truly pray so that I may find favor in the sight of the Lord. That my words and meditations may be acceptable before our Lord. The one who redeems.
“Lord, I pray with the words of psalm 19:14, when I come before You let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight! May I become a prayer warrior in your army, Father. Help to fight the good fight and to overcome what Satan and the world may throw my way. In Jesus’ name. Amen”
Sooo…… I’m gonna have to apologize once again for missing 3 days of blog posts. Eeek. I’m having to apologize a lot, aren’t I? Oh well, now I know to be a little more prepared next time and to have my blog posts scheduled in advance. Just for when busy days come my way and I don’t have the time to post. I guess it’s a learning process and I hope you will all forgive me. I also hope you have all been enjoying the challenge so far and have learned much from it. We are 3 days from finishing!! Crazy right? The busy Christmas is already arriving and I absolutely love it! But lets finish strong, and remember who should always, always be our #1 priority! Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
(Find Day # 25 here.)
Scripture Writing: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13
Jesus has a really good point here. We as selfish, sinful human beings know how to shower gifts upon our children. Even the world knows how to do this very well. Especially in this season. Its gifts galore. Everyone is spoiling children. Yet we are nothing more than human, we make many mistakes and often break promises. But we know how to gift our children.
Just imagine though, how much a perfect Father could give us! He can give us so much more than these earthly presents. Our earthly trinkets can’t even begin to compare with the blessings of the Holy Spirit. And our Lord promises to give us this gift!
All we gotta do is just ask. That’s right, we ask in faith and we shall receive. How many of you can say that of our earthly parents? No matter how loving or how great they are, I’m sure there isn’t one that hasn’t made a mistake or was always able to fulfill a promise at. It’s OK, we are bound to make mistakes, because that’s what we are. Imperfect. Not so with our heavenly Father, He always keeps His promises and gives us the greatest gift we could ever need or want. And for this I am ever so grateful! He fills the gaps of our imperfections. <3
“Father, thank you for Your perfection and for always keeping Your Word. You have never failed me. Thank you for the greatest gift You could ever give, Your Son Jesus and after Him the Holy Spirit. I am so very grateful. During this busy season of celebration, help me to never forget the reason. The birth of Your Son Jesus to the virgin Mary. May all my celebrating be a glory to the Highest. I pray this is Jesus’ name. Amen”