A Story of PCOS

A Story of PCOS

| Devotionals | September 16th, 2014

Lacey & Michael and their two sons. Photo credit: Eric Forsythe of Forsythe Fotography Michael and I met in 5th grade Sunday school class; he was the quiet one and I was the social butterfly.  We began dating the summer between 9th and 10th grade.  Michael proposed and we were married on August 18, 2001. […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

  September marks PCOS Awareness month. If you are not familiar with PCOS, otherwise known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome it is the most common endocrine disorder in females. It can severely block your chances to conceive a child. Common Symptoms: Irregular Menstrual Cycle Weight Gain or difficulty losing weight Hirsutism – excess hair growth on […]

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Seeds of Talent

Seeds of Talent

| Devotionals | September 9th, 2014

If you’ve been following along on the blog you’ve probably noticed a series I’ve been writing, Living Life While You Wait. Today, marks part three of the series, Seeds of Talent. I’ve been taking parts of my story and posting them in this space. I hope they’ve been and are an encouragement to you. If […]

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Living Life While You Wait, Pt. 2

| Devotionals | September 4th, 2014

Last month I started a three-part series of blog posts on Living Life While You Wait – Seeds of Character.  You can read part one here. Here’s the second installment, Living Life While You Wait – Seeds of Giving. I pray you’ll find hope and inspiration from my story. Love, Lesli __________ Living Life While […]

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Morning Prayer - Rest

Morning Prayer – Rest

Morning Prayer || Rest || Today, here in the United States is a national holiday, Labor Day. It is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September and is a celebration of the American labor movement dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. Labor Day is not only celebrated here in the […]

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Support for You!

Support for You!

| Devotionals, News & Events | August 30th, 2014

Support Groups in the Houston, Texas area One thing about this ministry is coming alongside in the form of support groups for those who are hurting through infertility or loss, or seeking adoption too. Below is a listing of Support Groups in the Houston area meetings for the month of September. If you are a […]

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Giving Birth: A Beautiful Adoption Story

| Devotionals | August 1st, 2014

Today, I go for a court hearing. It’s not because of an offense I’ve committed, but to witness a birth. To observe the sign and seal of a beautiful package already delivered to my dear friends, Hannah  and Aaron Bunker. The finalization of their adoption. Hannah and Aaron with their twins, Grace and Cason If you’ve […]

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Morning Prayer - for Quiet Confidence

Morning Prayer – for Quiet Confidence

for Quiet Confidence “O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” -+-  this prayer is from […]

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Fertility Fact Friday - Masculinity & Infertility

Fertility Fact Friday – Masculinity & Infertility

Masculinity & Infertility Recently I received Resolve, the National Infertility Association’s newsletter in the mail. There’s a great article included within its’ pages Masculinity & My Infertility Journey by Kevin T. Jordan. I found his story interesting and informative. No matter where you live within our world, fertility related issues seem to point in the direction of […]

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Living Life While You Wait, Pt. 1

Living Life While You Wait, Pt. 1

| Devotionals | July 16th, 2014

Hi there! Apart from my occasional Monday Morning Prayer and Fertility Fact posts I’m creating a series of three blog posts titled, Living Life While You Wait. I’ll not only share a bit of my experience, i.e. crazy emotions, but write from a devotional standpoint. I’ll share how God uses our experiences by planting seeds […]

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Morning Prayer - Test Results

Morning Prayer – Test Results

Test Results Prayer: Prince of Peace, as I await these results I choose to cast down every imagination—fear, anxiety, and worry–brining them into the captivity of Christ. I thank You that  I have no need to fear bad news because You shtrengthen me and give me hope as I trust steadfastly in You. Help me […]

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Fertility Fact Friday – “Hey Doc, how much is it?”

Fertility Fact Friday ______ “Hey Doc! how much is it?” As I was in the doctor’s office yesterday awaiting a pelvic ultrasound I was scrolling through Pinterest on my phone. I came across a pin from an article titled “How High Tech Baby Making is Fueling the Infertility Market Boom.” (from Money.com). Naturally it piqued my […]

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Join Us!

Join Us!

Join us! Social Outings & Support Group meeting Our HOPE – Hearts Of Promise & Expectation Christian Infertility Support groups for Women here in the Houston, Texas area will meet for our bi-annual socials this week. Plus, our newest infertility support group at The Foundry Methodist Church will meet next week. I hope you can […]

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Monday Morning Prayer - Difficult Relationships

Monday Morning Prayer – Difficult Relationships

DIFFICULT RELATIONSHIPS The Prayer: “Heavenly Father, this fertility journey is not easy on my relationship with others. Help me to be silent or to watch what I say, and that no unwholesome word will come out of my mouth, but help me to speak with wisdom, with kindness and compassion. For my husband/wife, the one you gave as […]

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Freedom from Isolation

Freedom from Isolation

Join me and my fearless-leader friend, Sarah Nelson of The Foundry as we start the new HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group here in Houston. The group is open to any woman whether you’re experiencing infertility, secondary infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth or failed adoption attempt. The group is open-city wide, you do not have to be a […]

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A Little Weird

A Little Weird

This weekend in the United States Father’s Day will be celebrated. Even though the following post is not infertility related I believe it will speak to the heart of any woman. Have a great weekend! Love Y’all, Lesli It’s  a Little Weird Seeing this Hallmark collection feels a little weird. Someone said recently, “Next weekend […]

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Forgotten...

Forgotten…

Forgotten… As I type the ellipsis, the series of dots behind the word forgotten it reminds me of how we can feel on this journey. The dots representing a trail, something either left out or left off. Have you ever felt that way? I have, and at times, I still do. We wonder has God forgotten […]

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Watching Over

Watching Over

Watching Over My husband loves animals.  He has a soft spot for animals and little girls. So soft he is like butter on a hot summer day, he just melts. So every now and again I’ll text him a picture of an animal or a cute curly headed little girl just to make him smile […]

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Morning Prayer - Conception

Morning Prayer – Conception

Conception What do you do when you’ve done everything to make a baby? What do you do when you’ve spent all your savings on fertility treatments? What do you do when the doctors have told you, like they’ve told me, “There’s no hope for you to conceive.”? You pray, and you keep on praying. You might […]

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Happy ________ Day?

| Devotionals | May 10th, 2014

Hello friends, Happy _______ Day? You fill in the blank. For all of us who live here in the U.S. we know this weekend is our Mother’s Day holiday. But for some us, it is so painful. A painful reminder on how our bodies have yet to live up to the fertility challenge leaving a […]

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I’m Here for You

(a lovely screenshot from my iPhone) “I’m here for you.” How comforting are those words, right? Well, I mean them from the bottom of my heart. I truly am here for you. It’s been almost 5 years ago, to the date, I started this website Dancing Upon Barren Land. From the ‘git-go’ as we say, it has always […]

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Morning Prayer - Baby Related Holidays

Morning Prayer – Baby Related Holidays

*In just a matter of a few weeks Mother’s Day will be celebrated here in the United States. This prayer will be a help to you  during this time. Why not send it to a family member or friend so they can know how to pray for you? Baby Related Holidays Almighty God, it seems […]

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Morning Prayer - When People Say Insensitive Things

Morning Prayer – When People Say Insensitive Things

When People Say Insensitive Things Heavenly Father, why do people say unkind things? I’ve been hurt by their words and insensitivity. Help me not to be offended, angry, or bitter because of what is said. Instead, help me to forgive. Help me hold my tongue so I won’t lash out. Strengthen me in love so […]

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My Story: Compassion = Awareness

My Story: Compassion = Awareness

| Devotionals | April 24th, 2014

Women of Hope Christian Infertility Support Group Bent Tree Bible Fellowship Carrollton, Texas, 2007 Most of us in and around the infertility world know this week is National Infertility Awareness Week. Prayerfully we are making a difference to those around us lending our voices to this disease of the reproductive system called infertility. And, creating awareness of its […]

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Monday Morning Prayer - Waiting

Monday Morning Prayer – Waiting

Waiting Gracious Father, waiting is hard, especially when I see pregnant women and little children. As I wait on the desire of my heart, help me to delight myself in You, to be strong and of good courage, and to wait for Your perfect plan. I praise and thank You as I wait on You. […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday Spring time has sprung here in Texas!  Our past winter here has been brutal on plants. If you’re anything like me you might be itching to dig in the dirt and ready to tackle the weeds. But first, before you start spraying herbicides, pesticides and all of the other ‘cides’ out there, […]

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Surely You Will See The Wasteland Bloom

Surely You Will See The Wasteland Bloom

| Devotionals | April 16th, 2014

Re-posted with permission from Michaela Evanow I don’t know how I come across bloggers/writers, but somehow I do. And every now and again I fall in love with their writing, in essence, their heart. Not long ago I read this post from Michaela, Surely You’ll See the Wasteland Bloom. Her words resonated deeply, so much so […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer Instead of the usual prayer and scripture reflection for Monday Morning Prayer I thought I’d do something a little different.  I wanted to share in today’s post,  ”What is Prayer?”.  For some of us our prayer time is based on a set of rules on how to pray rather on our relationship to […]

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Spring Forward thru Infertility

Spring Forward thru Infertility

Free Event Join, Sarah Nelson of The Foundry Church in Houston for their free event, this Saturday, April 12th at 10 a.m. Her guest will be Leslee Murphee, licensed therapist who specializes helping couples through infertility. Details included within the flier. Couples are welcome. Contact Sarah at snelsonrn@earthlink.net for more information.

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Texas Big!

Texas Big!

| Devotionals | March 30th, 2014

Live Oak Tree Independence, Texas Howdy all! That’s how we greet one another here in Texas, however, this post isn’t about Texas, this blog post is a test. I’m having some issue with my email campaign which sends you lovely subscribers my updated blog posts. So the big questions is… Anyone receiving this blog post […]

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This is a Test

This is a Test

| Devotionals | March 28th, 2014

  Freesia photo credit: Hannah Bunker Hi All! This email is a test. I’ve experienced a little challenge with my posts going out to my subscriber email list. So, if you’ve received this via your inbox, could you let me know and leave a comment? That way I know this thing works! {smiles} Thanks! I […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Forgotten Prayer: “Heavenly Father, I praise You that you were pleased to make me Your own and have accepted me in the beloved family of God because of your dear Son, Jesus Christ. Father, these fertility challenges have made me feel forsaken and forgotten, I feel as if no one sees or cares about my desire for children. However, […]

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This Gift

This Gift

| Devotionals, News & Events | January 30th, 2014

L to R: Sarah Nelson of The Foundry United Methodist Church and me, some of my dearest PeePs, JoAnn and Andrea who showed up and surprised me, the marquis at The Foundry and the Book/Resource Table. I thought I’d share about this past weekend’s event. I had the honor to be invited by the Women’s […]

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Stopping Fertility Treatments

Stopping Fertility Treatments

Stopping Fertility Treatments Heavenly Father, as a couple we feel we should discontinue fertility treatments due to or because of _____. We believe when we married, you placed the desire in our hearts to have a family. We purpose to see and delight in You and thank You as You bring about the desires of our […]

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Longing for a Child?

Longing for a Child?

| Devotionals, News & Events | January 16th, 2014

You’re invited to… Having a Heart of Hope – Healing for the Hurt of Infertility Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Foundry United Methodist Church 8350 Jones Road, Houston www.FoundryChurch.org Click Jones Campus and go to Events Foundry United Methodist Church (North Houston) is hosting a community-wide event for women hurting from infertility. […]

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Morning Prayer ~ The Future

Morning Prayer ~ The Future

A Prayer for the Future “Heavenly Father, I praise You because You have created me and have a perfect plan for my life. I thank You that you desire to prosper me, not to harm me, to give me hope and a future! You have started this good work in me and I ask that you will perfect […]

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Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

Today IS a new day. “…forgetting what lies behind, and straining toward what is ahead.” Philippians 3:13

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Holiday Survival Tips for Infertility

Holiday Survival Tips for Infertility

| Devotionals | December 21st, 2013

We all know the holiday season can be a stressful time of year. But for the one who is still pursuing growing their family whether through birth or adoption, or who has experienced a recent loss, the holidays can be, well…oh, not so joyful.  I thought I’d list a few tips I’ve done over the […]

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Christmas Social

Christmas Social

| Devotionals, News & Events | December 2nd, 2013

You’re Invited! Live in Houston, Texas or surrounding area? The gals of the HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group at Lakewood Church meet for a social twice a year and Christmas is one of those times. It’s a great opportunity to get to know one another (apart from our fertility journey’s ) and forge new friendships […]

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Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer

  When People Say Insensitive Things Yep! It’s bound to happen with the holiday season approaching and all it entails. If you are able, for the most part, try to remember most people aren’t trying to be insensitive. Try and look beyond their well-meaning, yet stupid comments and  see their heart. I know it’s hard […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday Since we are still in November, and since this is National Adoption Awareness Month I thought I’d post a resource on adoption. In my opinion, one of the best Christian resource for adoption is this book: Called to Adoption: A Christian’s Guide to Answering the Call by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P with Heather […]

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Morning Prayer - Celebrating Holidays

Morning Prayer – Celebrating Holidays

Holidays Almighty God, it seems as if every time I turn around I am faced with a celebration that involves a baby. I know this holiday season there’ll be new babies and new moms-to-be. In my heart, I don’t want to be jealous, angry, or envious, or offended by the insensitive things others might say, […]

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Monday Morning Prayer - Adoption

Monday Morning Prayer – Adoption

Adoption The month of November is National Adoption Awareness month. To honor the month and to encourage those who are in the process of adoption I’m including an Adoption Prayer I’ve recently written for my book, Dancing Upon Barren Land – Prayer, Scripture Reflection & Hope for Infertility. I pray you’ll be encouraged in your adoption […]

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National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Day

National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Day

:: A beautiful poem written by my friend, Joanna Nunez :: Today I should have held you, And wrapped you in my arms. Today I should have heard your cry, A wonderful alarm. Today I should have kissed your neck, And nuzzled you in mine. Today it didn’t happen, But one day it will in time. […]

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A Time of Comfort

A Time of Comfort

| Devotionals, News & Events | October 1st, 2013

  Are you needing comfort? Has the imagined identity of becoming a mother left you hurting? Has the grief of a miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant loss kept in you in sorrow? If so, then please come to our upcoming HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group meeting. We something special  planned to acknowledge the hurt of […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Conception “Heavenly Father, thank You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made by You! I desire faith like Abraham, believing that ‘You exist and that You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek You’. You said, ‘I would find You, God, when I seek You with all of my heart’. Father, I choose to seek You first, along […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Ideas for Helping those Who are Hurting for Your Place of Worship Infertility Etiquette for Ministry Leaders  

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A Special Service

  Along with our regular gathering, HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group we will be holding a special meeting. If you or someone you know has experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant loss then please make plans to attend, this meeting will be just for you. We’re planning and praying for a unique time for your […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Today’s Monday Morning Prayer is a little different than from what I usually post. Whether you’re going through infertility, secondary infertility, a miscarriage/stillbirth or a failed adoption attempt I feel the thoughts and scripture from Throne of Grace will speak to your heart. As we wait on the Lord to answer the cry of our heart, […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Question to Ask When Selecting a Fertility Clinic Helpful Resources from the National Institute of Health www.cdc.gov ________________ These questions will help you learn more about a fertility clinic, its services, and staff.  Procedures and Services What procedures do you currently offer that may fit with my/our needs? How much experience do you have with […]

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The Chicken Dance!

| Devotionals, News & Events | September 8th, 2013

What happens when you cross Dancing Upon Barren Land Ministry and Chik-Fil-A? A Chicken Dance! Come and support a worthy cause by purchasing a meal at Chik-Fil-A THIS WEDNESDAY from 6-10 p.m. *Please tell them your with Dancing Upon Barren Land Spirit Night when ordering.* A percentage of the proceeds will go back to DUBL. […]

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News & Events

| Devotionals, News & Events | September 3rd, 2013

News & Events If you are fortunate to live in the Houston, Texas area there a some happenings taking place! Each event is a chance for YOU to get support on your journey and to support a great cause.  Hope to see you soon! Love y’all! Lesli ________   HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group Meetings […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Waiting “Heavenly Father, waiting is extremely hard, especially when I see so many pregnant women and little children. As I wait on the desire of my heart, help me to delight myself in You, to be strong and of good courage, to not go ahead of your perfect plan. I praise and thank You, as I wait on […]

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Miscarried / Stillbirth Infant Memorial Service

Miscarried / Stillbirth Infant Memorial Service

 Empty Crib, Aching Heart A Memorial Service for Miscarried / Stillbirth Infants Saturday, August 24th The service will be held as a session of the Infertility Support Workshop Healing Place Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Registration & Info at Sarah’s Laughter The grief of infertility and the sorrow from loss whether from an early miscarriage to […]

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FREE Workshop!

| Devotionals, News & Events | August 15th, 2013

        I know…Could this logo be any smaller? My bad? Sorry, but it’s the only graphic I have! But let me tell ya what this is all about… Infertility Support Workshop Saturday, August 24th, 9-3 pm, Baton Rouge, Louisiana …it’s FREE! Join me and other speakers for a day of information and […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Your Diet I’m sure as you read the words, Your Diet, you probably wanted to delete this post. But wait! Don’t do it, keep reading… I chuckle at myself. I’m writing a post and referring a resource about our diets and infertility, and here I am drinking a glass of chocolate milk! Well, at least […]

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When Your Doctor Disappoints You

When Your Doctor Disappoints You

How many of you have been disappointed by your fertility specialist? As if the infertility journey isn’t hard enough, right? I thought I’d post a prayer from another book I found most helpful during my infertility journey, Longing for a Child, by Katthe Wunnenberg. This is a wonderful book, filled with stories and helpful prayers. […]

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Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer

Future When our hopes for a baby have been dashed and we are not certain how God will fill our empty arms, here’s a prayer to help us along the way. “Heavenly Father, I praise You because You have created me and have a perfect plan for my life. I thank You that you desire to […]

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Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer

Miscarriage – Stillbirth – Infant Loss Merciful Father, the loss is heartbreaking. I feel as if I am walking though the valley of the shadow of death and as if I died a little, too. But Your Word tells me to fear no evil, for You are with me. Father, You said You would never […]

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Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer

Broken Heart Compassionate Father, my heart is crushed from this infertility battle. My emotions are frazzled. Lord, You said in Your Word You are close to the brokenhearted and save those who are crushed in spirit. I feel as if my reproductive system and my heart have failed. I cry out to You and I […]

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Morning Prayer - When People Say Insensitive Things

Morning Prayer – When People Say Insensitive Things

When people say insensitive things regarding your fertility issues, doesn’t it make you cringe? I’m sure inwardly we are saying, “They literally have no clue! They don’t get it!” Which for the most part is true. Yet what I’ve learned over the years is mostly people have good hearts and mean well, they just don’t […]

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Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

  “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37 Never give up! I’m still believing, are you?

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Vitamin A & Infertility: Women: Vitamin A it keeps the cilia, (the hair like strands aiding mobility) in the fallopian tubes healthy. Men: Vitamin A is necessary for sperm production and production of testosterone. Information provided by www.naturalwomenscare.com. Please check with your physician before taking any medications.

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Morning Prayer – The Future

FUTURE “Shepherd of my soul, I praise You because You have created me and have a perfect plan for my life. I thank You for Your desire to prosper me, not to harm me, to give me hope and a future. You have started this good work in me and I ask that You will […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Vitamins & Fertility Women: Vitamin C and Infertility – a deficiency in Vitamin C during the period of conception and early pregnancy can result in early miscarriage. Men: Vitamin E and Infertility – A January 2011 study in the “interntional Journal of General Medicine” found semen quality imporved and sperm motility improved if the infertile […]

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TODAY

| Devotionals | May 12th, 2013

Today, as Mother’s Day is celebrated here in the United States, and perhaps some other parts of the world…I just wanted to let you know… I wish I has some deeply encouraging devotional… I wish I had a magic wand to take the pain away… I wish I had creative powers to give you the […]

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Morning Prayer - Baby Related Holidays

Morning Prayer – Baby Related Holidays

Baby Related Holidays For those who live in the United States, Mother’s day is right around the corner. I know how hard it can be. What is one of the most celebrated holidays can be one of the most difficult too. I do know too, that the only way to get through this upcoming celebrated […]

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Morning Prayer ~ Anger

Morning Prayer ~ Anger

Anger “Heavenly Father, I feel so angry and frustrated about my fertility challenges. I ask for Your divine love to flow through me, for Your love is patient and kind, and not easily angered. Help me to be slow in my speech and slow in anger when it comes to dealing with my family members, friends or doctor. Help […]

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Book Giveaway!

Book Giveaway!

There’s a book giveaway over at Pearl Girls today! Click link below, look for The Perfect Window blog post and enter to win! Pearl Girls Today, I have the privilege to have a guest post, The Perfect Window at Pearl Girls. Pearl Girls-Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace is a passion and project of the heart from founder, […]

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On a Mission!

On a Mission!

On a Mission! Howdy all! I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the weekend. It is beautiful here in southeast Texas. However, I’m stuck inside at work, but I’ve been able to get out and work in my garden, and enjoy it a bit. Thanks so much for subscribing to the Dancing Upon Barren […]

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Morning Prayer

JEALOUSY and ENVY “Loving Father, your word tells me how to love. I know being jealous and envious is not part of Your divine love. Father, I am struggling with envy and jealousy as I see pregnant women and hear of the birth of a new baby. Help me not to deny Your goodness and […]

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Waiting Does Not Diminish Us

Waiting Does Not Diminish Us

| Devotionals | March 28th, 2013

Mommies with Hope is a biblically-based support group and website for women who have experienced a loss of a child. This week I’ve had the privilege of writing a devotional for their Waiting Wednesday Series – Waiting Does Not Diminish Us. Teske Drake, founder of Mommies with Hope and author of, Hope For Today, Promises for […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday _____ Validating Grief  Whether one is going through infertility, or have experienced a miscarriage / stillbirth / failed adoption attempt, it’s a fact grief is felt, but seldom validated.  I read it once, “infertility or infant loss is a disenfranchised grief; a grief not publicly acknowledged or mourned, nor socially supported.” The […]

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Morning Prayer – Abortion

Morning Prayer _______ Recovery from Abortion from Dancing Upon Barren Land ~ Prayer, Scripture Reflection, and Hope for Infertility Book The abortion prayer was added to the book due to the fact many women feel their infertility is a result of punishment from an issue in their past. Nothing could be further from the truth. […]

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GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY!

| Devotionals | March 14th, 2013

GIVEAWAY! My dear friend, Hannah Bunker, and contributing author to Dancing Upon Barren Land is giving away one copy of my newly released book, Dancing Upon Barren Land ~ Prayer, Scripture Reflection, and Hope for Infertility. Only 3 more days to enter! Hop on over to enter at… www.HannahBunker.com Hannah, has been such a dear to […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

For the most part, for Fertility Fact Friday, I usually post a tidbit about health or a new found discovery in the fertility world. However, today, I’m posting on marriage. In fact, a little advice for wives in regarding our husbands during infertility. I know this will help someone today. It has helped me. I […]

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Morning Prayer

Broken Heart “Compassionate Father, my heart is crushed from this infertility battle. My emotions are frazzled. Lord, You said in Your Word you are ‘close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’ I feel as if my reproductive system and my heart have failed. I cry out to You and I […]

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Support Groups Anyone?

Support Groups Anyone?

| Devotionals, News & Events | February 23rd, 2013

Support Groups Anyone? If I could take a poll I’d like to ask, “How many of you dealing with infertility/infant loss are attending a support group?” Here’s what a Christian infertility support group can provide a safe place for shared feelings, strengthening in faith through the Bible, healing for the grief of infertility and sorrow […]

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Tune In!

| Devotionals, News & Events | February 15th, 2013

Hey! I know this is last minute, but this morning I’ll be a guest on The Morning Show of Son Broadcasting Network. I’ll be answering some questions and discuss my new book, Dancing Upon Barren Land ~ Prayer, Scripture Reflection, and Hope for Infertility. You can tune in online at 9:05 CST… http://sonbroadcasting.cc/am-730/listen-online/ Or if […]

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Time for Choose Joy!

Time for Choose Joy!

| Devotionals, News & Events | February 7th, 2013

Today, my dear friend, JoAnn and I will be leaving for California to attend the Choose Joy: Surviving Infertility & Adoption Conference. The conference will be taking place this Saturday at Crossline Community Church in Laguna Hills. It’s not too late register! Conference is open to both men and women. If you happen to be […]

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Morning Prayer

  SHAME, GUILT, CONDEMNATION  Father God, I thank You that You have given Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for all my sins, past, present, and future. Father, I draw near to You with a sincere heart in confidence, believing I have been cleansed from a guilty conscience. My fertility challenges make […]

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It Hurts – Be Real – Just Smile

| Devotionals | February 1st, 2013

This is an older post, yet I feel these words are timeless and will speak to your heart today.  Be encouraged. Have a great weekend everyone! Love y’all, Lesli It Still Hurts – Be Real – Just Smile As you can tell by the title of this post I couldn’t figure out which one to […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

 Today’s Monday Morning Prayer is summed up in a picture. It’s Ok to cry.            

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Fertility Fact Friday

Today’s Fertility Fact Friday – Apps! Yes, that’s right. Mobile apps for infertility and adoption. What a wonderful way to use technology to track your natural cycle, a fertility treatment or have a checklist for adoption. _____________ My Hopeful Journey app is a web-based calendar, task list and journal for women that are trying to conceive […]

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Daughter Sing Softly

Lately, in the early morning hours I’ve been hearing the chirp of the cardinal. Faithful this little feathered friend seems to be. The dawn comes. The singing begins, even in the bleakness of winter. I recall writing a devotional about my backyard tenant several years ago. As I researched the blog posts I noticed I […]

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The Winner! & Morning Prayer

The Winner! & Morning Prayer

The winner of the Giveaway to Choose Joy: Surviving Infertility & Adoption Conference is… TIFFANIE! Congratulations Tiffanie! ————- Disappointment “Heavenly Father, it seems as if every month brings about disappointment because I pray for a child and nothing happens! I don’t understand why I have to suffer like this! But in your Word You say that I […]

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Giveaway starts today!

Giveaway starts today!

| Devotionals, News & Events | January 18th, 2013

CHOOSE JOY: Surviving Infertility & Adoption Conference Saturday, February 9, 2013, 11:00 – 6:00 p.m. Laguna Hills, California A one day faith-based conference for women (and husbands) who are dealing with infertility and who are adopting or have adopted. www.ChooseJoyEvent.blogspot.com Giveaway starts now and ends Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 9 p.m. CST But first! […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

When People Say Insensitive Things Heavenly Father, why do people say unkind things? I’ve been hurt by their words and insensitivity. Help me not to be offended, angry or bitter because of what is said. Instead, help me to forgive. Help me hold my tongue so I won’t lash out. Strengthen me in love so […]

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Introducing Emmy and Choose Joy Event!

Introducing Emmy and Choose Joy Event!

| Devotionals, News & Events | January 6th, 2013

I have a guest post today from Emmy Blakely, the founder of Choose Joy Event: Surviving Infertility & Adoption Conference. If you or someone you know are experiencing infertility, secondary infertility or seeking adoption then by all means make plans to attend! You’ll be strengthened spiritually, armed with knowledge for your fertility  journey and you […]

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Upcoming Events!

Upcoming Events!

| Devotionals, News & Events | January 2nd, 2013

HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group Meetings: Lakewood Church Thursday, January 3, 2013 (that’s tomorrow!) 3700 Southwest Frwy., Houston, Texas 7:00 p.m., Rm. 4025, 4th Floor hope@lakewood.cc The Ark Church Tuesday, January 8, 2013 450 Humble Tank Rd., Conroe, Texas (North of The Woodlands) 7 p.m. 936.756.1988 Choose Joy Event: Surviving Infertility & Adoption Conference Saturday, […]

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Merry Christmas!

| Devotionals | December 25th, 2012

Merry Christmas to all of you! Thanks for being a support to the Dancing Upon Barren Land ministry. I hope you  have a fun-filled day opening presents, and celebrating JESUS; the Gift which keeps on giving. Love y’all! Lesli

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Monday Morning Prayer - Holidays

Monday Morning Prayer – Holidays

Baby Related Holidays The prayer below was written for my upcoming book, Dancing Upon Barren Land - Prayer, Scripture Reflections, and Hope for Infertility. The prayer deals with Mother’s/Father’s Day; baby-related holidays. I have re-written it for the purpose of this blog post, for the upcoming Christmas holiday. However, make the prayer your own and insert whatever […]

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Holidays & Infertility

Holidays & Infertility

Fertility Fact Friday Top 5 Ways to Cope with Infertility Over the Holidays from Fertility Authority http://www.fertilityauthority.com/articles/top-5-ways-cope-infertility-over-holidays

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This Box

This Box

Do you recognize this box? It’s an empty fertility meds box. Why would I post a picture of this? This box once held thousands of dollars of self-injectable fertility medicine. Now, it’s trash, destined for the recycle bin. This box once hid amongst my pots and pans in my kitchen island.  Why? A logical reason. […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday IVF and Sex: How the Treatment Hurts Couples Sex Lives from RESOLVE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/ivf-hurts-women-sex-life_n_2058481.html  

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Monday Morning Prayer - Waiting

Monday Morning Prayer – Waiting

Waiting “Heavenly Father, waiting is extremely hard, especially when I see so many pregnant women and little children. As I wait on the desire of my heart, help me to delight myself in You, to be strong and of good courage, to not go ahead of your perfect plan. I praise and thank You, as I wait on […]

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News & Events

News & Events

| Devotionals, News & Events | December 2nd, 2012

Social Outings for HOPE! The holiday season can be rather difficult, so instead of our regularly scheduled meetings at the respective churches, we decided to plan social gatherings for the month of December.  Not to make light of the longing of our hearts this season, but to present an opportunity  to get to know other […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday Environmental Chemicals May Hurt your Chances of Pregnancy from the National Institute of Health http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_131319.html    

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Monday Morning Prayer - Forgotten

Monday Morning Prayer – Forgotten

Forgotten “Heavenly Father, I praise You that you were pleased to make me Your own and have accepted me in the beloved family of God because of your dear Son, Jesus Christ. Father, these fertility challenges have made me feel forsaken and forgotten, I feel as if no one sees or cares about my desire for children. However, I […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

If you live within the Houston, Texas area please join me and others for HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group  tomorrow November 13th at 7:00 p.m. The Ark Church 450 Humble Tank R. Conroe, Texas (North of Houston) (936) 756-1988 Monday Morning Prayer Difficult Relationships “Heavenly Father, this fertility journey is not easy on my relationship […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday For those of you who have encountered infant loss or infertility I’d like to introduce two resources to you. Small Bird Studios and Still Standing Magazine. Small Bird Studios www.SmallBirdStudios.com Small Bird Studios is a blog written by Franchesca Cox, a local Texas gal. (gotta love my homegirl’s!) Writing her story of […]

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Anger: Infertility's Fire Starter

Anger: Infertility’s Fire Starter

| Devotionals | October 30th, 2012

Well, it’s not that this picture would cause you anger, it’s the crazy infertility journey we experience, huh?  This is my friend and contributing author to DUBL, Hannah Bunker. She has a comedic side to her as you can tell. Recently she wrote our HOPE M&M, Anger: Infertility’s Fire Starter, a little blurb about what […]

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HOPE Support Group

HOPE Support Group

| Devotionals, News & Events | October 28th, 2012

HOPE SUPPORT GROUP MEETING this Thursday, November 1, 2012 Lakewood Church, Rm. 4025 3700 Southwest Freeway Houston, Texas hope@lakewood.cc for more info

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This is a Test!

This is a Test!

| Devotionals | October 24th, 2012

Howdy all! For the past week the subscriber platform hasn’t been sending out the blog posts to your email accounts! So, this is a test to see if it’s working.  I hope you are receiving them, if not, I hope I can figure this out! Technical stuff and me doesn’t groove together at times. In […]

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Sarah's Laughter

Sarah’s Laughter

| Devotionals | October 16th, 2012

I’d like to introduce my friend, Beth Forbus and Sarah’s Laughter Ministry to you. Beth, is my next door neighbor. Well, not the kind of neighbor who lives right next door but in the neighboring state of Louisiana, good ol’ cajun country! She has a thriving ministry reaching those who are hurting through infertility and […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

This past week has marked Baby Loss Awareness Week here in the U.S. I know infertility is a struggle in itself, but for one who’s had trouble conceiving, then experiencing a miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant loss the grief can be multiplied. For this week’s Monday Morning Prayer I’ve included the topic, Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Infant Loss. […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

State State Infertility Insurance Laws Here’s a list, along with details for insurance coverage for infertility by state. Presently, only eleven out of fifty states have a mandate for infertility coverage. http://www.asrm.org/detail.aspx?id=2850 What about you? What is your story regarding insurance and infertility? For those who live in other countries, is medical provision for infertility […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Conception “Heavenly Father, thank You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made by You! I desire faith like Abraham, believing that ‘You exist and that You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek You’. You said, ‘I would find You, God, when I seek You with all of my heart’. Father, I choose to seek You first, along […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Stopping fertility treatments is, in my opinion, one of the hardest things to do. One often asks the questions, “If I stop fertility treatments how will I ever have a baby?” or “If I stop treatments, then what do I do next?” Below is a new prayer I’ve written, a Biblical prayer in making the […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Drugs & The Risks of Multiple Births Before you take any fertility drugs please read this article from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine regarding the multiple births and fertility drugs. It’s important to be informed and ask your doctor questions. http://www.asrm.org/Fertility_drugs_and_the_risk_of_multiple_births/

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Age “Heavenly Father, my biological clock is ticking, as if You didn’t know. As each month passes I feel that I am racing against that clock. Even the doctors speak of the impossibility of bearing children at my age. But I praise You for Your Word, which has not left me hopeless! In Your Word I witness the creative […]

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A Little R&R

A Little R&R

| Devotionals, Picture of the Day | September 18th, 2012

As I mentioned in a previous post, this gal was going “take care of ‘moi’ and have a lil’ R&R”.  Well, that I did!  My DH and I traveled from the Lone Star state of Texas to the Sunshine state of Florida. We put the top down on a convertible and away we went! We […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Wholeness Completeness “Heavenly Father, in your Word you said when you made creation, man and woman, you looked upon them and saw that ‘it was very good.’ Father, my empty womb has caused me to feel bad, like less of a woman, incomplete. Father in heaven, as Your Word says, through faith in You, help me to endure this […]

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This n’ That

This n’ That Howdy All! I hope all of you  had a nice Labor Day weekend, for all who live in the States that is!  Here’s my brief post for the week of some happenings around the Houston, Texas area, and a prayer, along with scripture reflection for you. As you can tell from the […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Forgotten “Heavenly Father, I praise You that you were pleased to make me Your own and have accepted me in the beloved family of God because of your dear Son, Jesus Christ. Father, these fertility challenges have made me feel forsaken and forgotten, I feel as if no one sees or cares about my desire for children. However, I […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

  Fertility Medicines For most of us on this infertility journey it will involve seeing a specialist, a reproductive endocrinologist. And, for most of us, he/she may prescribe fertility medicines.  Oh joy, Is what I say! As much as they are designed to  be beneficial for our infertility woes, they sure can wreak havoc on […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Finances “Heavenly Father, You know the path we are to take even before one step. You see how our fertility challenges have brought us to the place of making major financial decisions. Father, give us wisdom regarding our finances as we seek Your direction for our future children. We believe Your Word and praise You that You will supply […]

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Meeting Tonight!

| Devotionals, News & Events | August 14th, 2012

HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group Meeting Conroe / The Woodlands, Texas area Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. The Ark Church 450 Humble Tank Road Conroe, Texas 77304 for Women Only

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A Dazzling Desire

| Devotionals | August 12th, 2012

Hello everyone, The post to follow was written many years ago. As I would filter through my journal I would highlight  significant moments through my infertility journey. These moments are when God turned my disappointment into an appointment with Him. The Dazzling Desire is the pivotal point and beginning of my journey. A journey which still […]

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HOPE Support Group Meeting

HOPE Support Group Meeting

HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group Meeting Conroe / The Woodlands, Texas area Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. The Ark Church 450 Humble Tank Road Conroe, Texas 77304 for Women Only

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Difficult Relationships “Heavenly Father, this fertility journey is not easy on my relationship with others. Help me to be silent or to watch what I say, and that no unwholesome word will come out of my mouth, but help me to speak with wisdom, with kindness and compassion. For my husband/wife, the one you gave as my partner in […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Preserving Fertility during Cancer Fertile Hope’s hotline is a LiveSTRONG initiative dedicated to providing reproductive information support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. If you or someone you know are going through cancer and want to preserve your fertility, please contact this great resource. LiveSTRONG Navigation […]

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Support Group Meeting

Support Group Meeting

HOPE  CHRISTIAN INFERTILITY SUPPORT GROUP MEETING Thursday, August 2nd, 7 p.m. Lakewood Church, 3700 Southwest Freeway, Houston, Texas Room 4025, 4th floor Open for Women Only Support is important during your journey through infertility. It’s hard to make the first step to attend, but I want to encourage you *{TO COME}*!  Trust me, you’ll be […]

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Mistletoe Market

| Devotionals | July 20th, 2012

Do you like to shop? Then join me at… Mistletoe Market This Saturday, July 21 st 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Houston Chinese Church, 10305 S. Main, Houston (conveniently located at Loop 610 and Main St.)  The Mistletoe Market is a fundraiser for Young Survival Coalition – Young Women Facing Breast Cancer Together. They”ll be 28 vendors, […]

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The Bird's Nest

The Bird’s Nest

| Devotionals | July 8th, 2012

Hi everyone! It’s Hannah here. I’m so honored to be posting today on Dancing Upon Barren Land! If you’re interested in learning more about who I am and why I’m here, you can read more about that on the introduction post that Lesli posted {HERE}. ______ I spent the lonely car ride home with tears […]

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HOPE Social TONIGHT!

HOPE Social TONIGHT!

You are invited! Tonight (Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group of Lakewood Church is having its annual social. So if you live in Houston, Texas or surrounding area I hope you’ll join us tonight.  I’d love to meet you face-to-face. Lesli La Madeleine Restaurant in the Rice Village 6205 Kirby, Houston, 77042 […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Facing Another Who is Pregnant Faithful God, everywhere I turn I see a pregnant belly.  The very thing I desire is all around me.  Help my eyes to turn upward towards You instead of outward upon others.  When I see another who is pregnant or hear of an unplanned pregnancy help me not to become […]

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This thing called L.I.F.E.

| Devotionals | June 22nd, 2012

Hey everybody! I just want you to know i am still here.  I’ve wanted so much to sit down and write a great devotional post, but this thing called L.I.F.E. is  full to the brim!  With presenting my cooking and etiquette camps to children, my husband’s eye surgery, moving my father, talking to three publishing […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Male Sterility “Heavenly Father, your Word says, ‘You formed my inward parts, I am fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image’. You made me male and you gave us the command to ‘be fruitful, to multiply and to fill the earth.’ I ask you to complete in me what is lacking. I ask for the health of my reproductive […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday Soy “One study, at King’s College London, found that a compound in soy called genistein causes a chemical reaction in sperm as they swim in the female reproductive tract, sabotaging their ability to fertilize the egg. Until more research either confirms or contradicts these findings, it would be smart for men and women […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Friday

Fertility Fact Whole Milk Dairy Products “Data collected in Nurses’ Health Study–a comprehensive, long-term look at the diet and lifestyle choices of more than 200,000 female nurses–led to the surprising finding that a daily serving or two of whole milk and foods made from whole milk (full-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, and even ice cream) seem […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

When People Say Insensitive Things Heavenly Father, I’ve been hurt by the words of others and their insensitivity. Help me not to be offended, angry or bitter by what has been said, but help me to forgive. I ask for your help to hold my tongue.  Strengthen me in love so when I encounter it […]

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Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer

Broken Heart Compassionate Father, my heart is crushed from this infertility battle.  My emotions are frazzled. Lord, You said in Your Word You are ‘close to the brokenhearted and saved those who are crushed in spirit.’ I feel as if my flesh, my reproductive system and my heart have failed.  I cry out to You […]

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Permission

Last night I was in one of two comfy chairs at Starbucks, coffee in one hand and a pen in another jotting down notes for this post and researching the history of Mother’s Day. The lady next to me secured the other coveted comfy chair and we were chatting.  She admired my necklace, a purple […]

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The Hardest Day of the Year

The Hardest Day of the Year

| Devotionals | May 10th, 2012

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, ready to pounce on the fragile emotions of every infertile woman in the world. We are doomed for a day of being excluded from dozens of rituals: Mother’s day presents, breakfast in bed, special mothers’ gifts they will give out during church service, and the flowers that the hostess will […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

When People Say Insensitive Things “Heavenly Father, I’ve been hurt by the words of others and their insensitivity. Help me not to be offended, angry or bitter by what has been said, but help me to forgive. I ask for your help to hold my tongue.  Strengthen me in love so when I encounter it […]

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Two Hopes Collide

Two Hopes Collide

Late last year a rather unassuming red-headed young lady attended HOPE, the Christian Infertility Support Group at Lakewood Church.  She was rather quiet at first, yet it didn’t surprise me, most of the gals attending for the first time are. After our meeting I worked my way over to chat with her. I mentioned my […]

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Don’t Ignore

| News & Events | April 23rd, 2012

This week, April 22-29th marks National Infertility Awareness Week here in the U.S.  The theme from Resolve, the nation’s infertility association is Don’t Ignore.  I love the theme, it resonates with us doesn’t it? Infertility is such an intimate, private issue making it hard to voice how we feel (even to our spouses), wouldn’t you […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

CONCEPTION “Heavenly Father, thank You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made by You! I desire faith like Abraham, believing that ‘You exist and that You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek You’. You said, ‘I would find You, God, when I seek You with all of my heart’. Father, I choose to seek You first, along […]

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News & Events

News & Events

| News & Events | April 9th, 2012

photo credit: hannahbunker.com HOPE Hearts Of Promise & Expectation for Women Christian Infertility Support Group Meeting Tuesday, April 10 th, 7:00 p.m. The Ark Church 450 Humble Tank Rd. Conroe, Texas 77304 936-756-1988 HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group is open to any who are experiencing infertility, secondary infertility, miscarriages or failed adoption attempts.  Come and […]

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Unanswered Prayer

| Devotionals | April 3rd, 2012

You might ask, “Unanswered Prayer? What’s with a title like that?” Well, all I can say is “Don’t you ever feel this way?” I know I do from time to time.  After repeated petitions and requests with no results in the form of an answer we often wonder if God hears. Yesterday I happened across […]

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Unborn

| Devotionals | March 28th, 2012

One of the reasons I love about having an online ministry or blog is the connection to people all over the world; especially women.  Last week, Yvette Rautenbach from Triune Echo, a gospel music group from South Aftica sent a kind email sharing her recent miscarriage experience, along with a song she wrote titled, Unborn. […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

Miscarriage ~ Infant Loss “Heavenly Father, the loss is heartbreaking. I feel as if I am walking through the valley of the shadow of death, but your Word tells me ‘to fear no evil, for You are with me.’ Father, You said ‘You would never leave me or forsake me’. I ask for your presence now to bless […]

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Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer

Anxious “Heavenly Father, a feeling of anxiousness has come over me. At times my mind is racing and my heart beats fast. Father, help me to do as You say in Your Word, that ‘in prayer and petition, with a thankful heart to let my requests be made known to You.’ As I lay my […]

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Support Group Meeting

Support Group Meeting

| Uncategorized | February 29th, 2012

Lakewood Church’s HOPE – Christian Support Group will meet Thursday, March 1st. (Tomorrow) If you or someone you know is experiencing infertility, secondary infertility, miscarriages, failed adoption attempts please join us.  We’re beginning a new workbook titled, Surving Infertility:  What the Bible Says about Your Baby Hunger, by Beth Forbus. Our meetings are positive, informative […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Monday Morning Prayer

| Monday Morning Prayer | February 20th, 2012

Waiting “Heavenly Father, waiting is extremely hard, especially when I see so many pregnant women and little children. As I wait on the desire of my heart, help me to delight myself in You, to be strong and of good courage, to not go ahead of your perfect plan. I praise and thank You, as I wait on […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

| Monday Morning Prayer | February 6th, 2012

Decisions “Heavenly Father, I thank You that You have the perfect plan to bring about a family in my life. Father, I am faced with so many decisions, the decision to _________________ ___________________ . I ask You to instruct me and teach me in the way I should go. As Your eye is upon me, counsel me along this […]

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Support Group Meetings

| Uncategorized | February 1st, 2012

Starting this week in the Houston, Texas area, the  Christian Infertility Support Groups will be meeting. We’ve added a new group for those who live on the north side of Houston.  Please check the info below and see which one fits you.  I hope to see you there. For the last 5 years I’ve seen […]

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Encouragement for You!

| Devotionals | January 3rd, 2012

Happy New Year to you!  I hope and pray your holiday  went well.  Mine was simple and pretty much laid back, which was nice, except the week before Christmas I contacted bronchitis and pink-eye! Boy, did I sound lovely and look great for the holiday…NOT! But all is well now.  I’ve been collecting thoughts for […]

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Multiple Email’s?

| Devotionals | December 27th, 2011

For those of you who are on the subscriber list my apologies if you are receiving multiple email’s.  I don’t know what the technical problem is. So ‘thanks’ for your patience. I am in transition with a new hosting company and a new ‘web guy’ who is going to help me improve aspects of the […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

| Fertility Fact Friday | December 17th, 2011

Stress & Infertility Helpful information from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine What can I do to reduce my stress? • Talk to your partner. • Realize you’re not alone. Talk to other people who have infertility, through individual or couple counseling, or support groups. • Read books on infertility, which will show you that […]

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Reproductive Cycle vs. Relationship

| Devotionals | December 8th, 2011

Continuing in this weeks posts about marriage and infertility, here’s a good one! A few years back I taught a lesson titled ‘Reproductive Cycle vs. Relationship’.  Below is the handout from the lesson with tidbits of the teaching.  Even though the lesson is not presented here in its’ entirety, I feel it will be thought […]

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Your Marriage

| Devotionals | December 6th, 2011

I know, what you’ve always wanted to see! A picture of me on our wedding day, right? {smiles}. I dare not say the year we were married, you just might find out how old I am! Yet seeing the high neck collar and puffy sleeves you could probably guess the era. btw- He’s a cutie […]

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HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group meet TONIGHT!

| News & Events | November 3rd, 2011

HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group of Lakewood Church TONIGHT @ 7:00 p.m.! If you live in the Houston, Texas area I’d like to personally invite you to the support group meeting.  It is for women only and open to any one in the city or surrounding area whether you attend church or not.  We have […]

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Tomorrow is Today

Tomorrow is Today

| Devotionals | October 21st, 2011

This past July I attended CLASS seminar in San, Antonio, Texas. CLASS, is an acronym for Christian Leaders Authors & Speakers Services. www.classeminars.org For over the last year, I’ve been writing, working with an editor and trying to complete a book. I place great emphasis on the word trying. If you’ve read any previous posts, […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

| Fertility Fact Friday | October 21st, 2011

FROZEN EMBRYOS For some of us the fertility journey God has us on may include pursuing fertility treatments. One of the fertility treatments suggested to some patients is in vitro fertilization. IVF, as it is popularly known, is a treatment including fertility drugs to stimulate egg production. With increased egg production comes the higher probability […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

| Monday Morning Prayer | October 17th, 2011

Wholeness Completeness “Heavenly Father, in your Word you said when you made creation, man and woman, you looked upon them and saw that ‘it was very good.’ Father, my empty womb has caused me to feel bad, like less of a woman, incomplete. Father in heaven, as Your Word says, through faith in You, help me to endure this […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

| Monday Morning Prayer | October 10th, 2011

Disappointment “Heavenly Father, it seems as if every month brings about disappointment because I pray for a child and nothing happens! I don’t understand why I have to suffer like this! But in your Word You say that I am to rejoice in my sufferings, because it gives me perseverance for the journey ahead, and perseverance brings about better […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

| Fertility Fact Friday | October 7th, 2011

Federal Adoption Tax Credit Update For families considering adoption, finances can be a major issue.  The National council for Adoption has a great, detailed description explaining the current status of the federal adoption tax credit.  One feature of the current tax credit policy is that the full tax credit can now be received when adopting […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

| Monday Morning Prayer | October 3rd, 2011

Conception “Heavenly Father, thank You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made by You! I desire faith like Abraham, believing that ‘You exist and that You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek You’. You said, ‘I would find You, God, when I seek You with all of my heart’. Father, I choose to seek You first, along […]

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Fertility Fact Friday

| Fertility Fact Friday | September 16th, 2011

Below is a link to an article titled, “Rules Help When Talking About Infertility” from Medline Plus, a service of the National Institute for Health. We can testify communication is the key to any marriage. Discussing  with your spouse just how much you two would like to share about your fertility issue is imperative. Setting […]

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Prayer for Test Results

| Monday Morning Prayer | September 13th, 2011

“Heavenly Father, as I await these test results I choose to cast down every imagination; fear, anxiety and worry; bringing them into the captivity of Christ. I thank you that I have no need to fear bad news because You strengthen me and give me hope as trust steadfast in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” Psalm 31:4, Isaiah 41:10, […]

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Monday Morning Prayer ~ Jealousy & Envy

| Monday Morning Prayer | September 5th, 2011

“Heavenly Father, your Word tells me how to love and being envious and jealous is not part of your divine love. Father, I am struggling with envy and jealousy as I see pregnant women and hear of a new baby in someone’s life. Help me not to deny Your goodness and Your perfect plan for another as you bless […]

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HOPE Christian Infertility Support Group

| Devotionals, News & Events | August 31st, 2011

If you live in the Houston, Texas area you are invited to HOPE; Hearts Of Promise & Expectation for Women, a Christian Infertility Support Group.  Come and receive the love of God and encouragement from others as you experience infertility, secondary infertility, miscarriage or failed adoption attempts. Where: Lakewood Church, 3700 Southwest Freeway New Beginnings […]

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Off into...

Off into…

the beautiful sunset. I’m sailing away,  leaving my heavy burdens on shore and floating out to sea. What about you?  Maybe you’re not set to board a cruise ship and sail, but are you leaving your heavy burdens in the arms of THE ONE whose arms are strong enough? Jesus Christ? I love the story […]

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Hours of Silence

Hours of Silence

| Devotionals | August 7th, 2011

I am posting a past devotional I wrote in the springtime of April 2010. Even though it is not freshly written, it’s still ‘An oldie, but goodie!’ as they say. I am still trying to catch my breath from the dealing with family responsibilities and trying not to wilt under the scorching Texas heat!  How […]

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Monday Morning Prayer

Male Sterility “Heavenly Father, your Word says, ‘You formed my inward parts, I am fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image’. You made me male and you gave us the command to ‘be fruitful, to multiply and to fill the earth.’ I ask you to complete in me what is lacking. I ask for the health of my reproductive […]

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A Perfect Window

A Perfect Window

In November of last year my husband and I took a well-needed and deserved break.  We visited our dear friends and children on their farm in Idaho. I’ve been privileged to travel many states in the U.S., but this was a first in Idaho, the gem state.  I loved it! Especially the town of Boise, […]

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