Guest Post: 5 Scriptures to Survive Infertility
Our guest post today is from Lisa Newton of Amateur Nester blog. In her words, she describes herself as a daughter of Christ trying-to-conceive and hoping to encourage others doing the same. And I must say, she does!
I can’t recall how I came across Lisa, but I’m so glad I did! And you’ll be glad you did too. She’s a central coast California girl. I love me some California gals because that’s my home state too! Lisa is a librarian by trade, a wife to a high school football coach and loves her tabby cat, Hemingway.
Lisa writes about her own personal journey of IUI’s, IVF and suffering a chemical pregnancy. She interviews many infertility bloggers, as well as authors too. She’s a great resource, and in particular, all the books she recommends.
It’s so refreshing to read a blog from a Christian standpoint too. Lisa was nominated last year by Resolve, the National Infertility Association as one of the top three infertility bloggers. An honor she so deserves. She works hard to provide all of us with current infertility information and relatable Christ-filled resources. I encourage you to subscribe to Amateur Nester.
Thank you, Lisa, for donating your time today and blog post for Dancing Upon Barren Land ministry!
5 Scriptures That Tell Us
How to Survive Infertility
by Lisa Newton
The Bible has several stories about infertility, but they’re all narrative in nature. They give little to no advice on what to do if you’re living your own infertility story. So we must look to other Scriptures to tell us what to do when we’re in a season of waiting and unfulfilled dreams. Here are five Scriptures that can provide encouragement and direction.
“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” – Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT)
We may feel like God is late in answering our prayers, but Habakkuk reminds us that God is always on-time. He is never delayed. Our job is to wait confidently and patiently for His plans to be fulfilled.
Hope While You Wait
“My whole being waits and in his word I put my hope.” – Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
So what do we do while we wait? It seems like so much of infertility revolves around waiting, doesn’t it? We wait for test results. We wait for a miracle. We wait for funds for treatment. We wait for doctor appointments. Sometimes the hardest part can be figuring out what to do while we wait. Psalm 130:5 gives us our answer: We are to hope. And not just hope for good luck or good fortune, but hope in the Lord.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” – Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)
I love this verse because it reminds me to pray big. God can do more than I can even imagine. Too often, I pray meek prayers. I approach God as if he had limited power and my request might cause Him to run out of it. But our God has infinite power. There is nothing I can ask that is too big or too hard. He. Can. Do. Anything.
Do Not Fear
“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” -Psalm 112:7 (NIV)
If you’re on the infertility journey, you certainly have already had your share of bad news. For me, the anticipation of bad news can almost be as painful as the bad news itself. Lately I’ve been working on giving God my fear of bad news and learning to trust that He has it under control. Oh, the bad news still may come, but I have to remember that God is still God. He is still good. He still has a plan for me and He still loves me.
“Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.” – Psalm 126:5-6 (NLT)
God promises us that our tears are not wasted. When we take the tears we have shed and “plant” them by allowing God to work in us, we are promised a harvest of joy. The joy may not always come in the form we thought it would, but we will receive it nonetheless.
What Scriptures do you cling to during your season of infertility?
Please share your thoughts in the comments.
Download for free, Lisa’s 31 Day Infertility Prayer Calendar HERE.