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Women of Faith webcast tonight: Dealing with Negetive Messages

January 29, 2013

colorado1Have you been to a Women of Faith conference before? Tonight, you have the opportunity to participate in a live webcast  right at home!  Dynamic speakers, Sheila Walsh and Lysa TerKeurst, tackle how to overcome the negative voices that chatter away inside.

As you battle infertility, always to tune into Christian evangelists that will infill you with God’s direction for dealing with challenges. Here’s the information for the webcast, so that you can sign up right away. I’ll be listening with you.

May you have the peace of God throughout your day. Meditate on His  truth from John 15: 1-17:

Lord Jesus, You are my Source–You alone sustain me. Without continually seeking nourishment from You, I have no life (John 6:53-58). Fill  me with Your Holy Spirit. Direct me to teachers that can empower me with Your word. My identity is rooted in Your righteousness, not in my own striving (Rom. 8:9-11) I want to live for You as You live in and through me. (Phil. 2:13). Help me to set my mind on things above where You are seated at the right hand of God (Col. 3:1)– for the life I live in the body, I live by faith in You, who love me and have given Yourself for me (Gal. 2:20). Bless Me with Your continual presence. Give me a heart of joy in knowing that You control my life and my future. Amen.

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Infertility: Practicing Thanksgiving in a Challenging Season

November 20, 2012

I’ve been absent from this blog for the last few months. My mother had a severe medical setback, which sent me 2,000 miles from my home to hers for three extended visits.

Along with my family and prayer partners, I asked God to be over every facet of my mother’s diagnosis and medical care. Even when she seemed to be declining, we continued to thank Him for His response to our prayers for healing. After several hospital stays and visits to the Mayo Clinic, Mom is miraculously doing better now. Today she told me on the phone that she feels great. I am prompted daily to thank our Lord Jesus Christ for His amazing authority over her health and well-being.

Throughout this season of medical challenges with my mother, I have continued to pray for you and be reminded of your battle to overcome your infertility.  No matter where you are medically or emotionally, know that our Lord is with you every step of the way. He stands by His promise in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

At His Last Supper with His disciples, Jesus knew of the suffering before Him, yet “He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them (Luke 24:30).”

As you break bread with your family and friends this Thanksgiving, remember what God has told us to do in the face of adversity: “Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever (Psalm 136:26),” and “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessaloninas 5:18).” Your thanksgiving is an affirmation of your faith that God is in charge and is addressing your circumstances.

As expressed in Psalm 100: “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.  Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.  For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”   

Click Food for Infertility Thoughts and be uplifted with the special message for Thanksgiving. Consider what you are bringing to the table for this national holiday. Our Lord Jesus Christ wants to break bread with you. Celebrate your faith in His future plans.

On a final note, here is a short verse I found illustrated in calligraphy at an antique shop when I was struggling with infertility. It celebrates the splendor of God’s provision and hangs in the dining room of our home.

 O thou who clothest the lilies

And feedest the birds of the sky

Who leadest the lambs to the pasture

And the hart to the waterside

Who hast multiplied loaves and fishes

And converted water into wine

Do thou come to our table

As Guest and Giver to dine.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Note: The picture at the top of this post is of the iron gate at the church in Cana (a Galilean town northeast of Nazareth, Israel), where scholars believe marks the location of Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1). I took this photo in March, 2012.

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Infertility Prayer from the Pages of Paul

July 29, 2012

Sunrise, Sea of Galilee

Did you know that God has poured out numerous prayers in the Bible for you to say to Him about your infertility? Just like the sun rising each day, His timeless words are filled with rich promise beaming hope throughout all generations.

Here is a prayer using scriptures from Psalm 5:3 and Ephesians 3:14-21. I have personalized these rich words of encouragement for you. If possible, fall on your knees and say the following:

In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice;

in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.

I kneel before You, Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

I pray that out of Your glorious riches You may strengthen me

with power through Your Spirit in my inner being,

so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith.

And I pray that I, being rooted and established in love,

may have power, together with all the saints,

to grasp how wide and long

and high and deep

is the love of Christ,

and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—

that I may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to Jesus

who is able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within me,

to Him be glory in the church

and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever.

I give You my heart, my burden of infertility

And ask for Your will to be done. Amen.

The picture shown at the beginning of this post is of the sun rising over the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias, Israel. That same brilliance of God rises over you each day. Be illuminated by the power of His light and His word. He purifies the soul and strengthens the heart.

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Defeating the Goliath of Infertility

July 5, 2012

Month after month the message of infertility keeps coming. Another period begins. Try as you might, it’s hard to diminish feelings of defeat, anxiousness, and fear of childlessness. It’s overwhelming. Here’s an example of how God equips his faithful servants to face insurmountable odds. Plus, I’ve listed specific ways to guide you today, and a special prayer.

In March 2012, I was reminded of the intimidating giant of infertility when I visited the Valley of Elah in Israel where scholars believe the shepherd boy David slew the huge Philistine warrior, Goliath. The Bible says Goliath was about 9 feet 9 inches tall. You are probably familiar with David’s story in 1 Samuel 17.

In summary, the Philistine troops were assembled on one side of the valley ready to attack the Israelites. Goliath stepped out front and challenged the Israelites to send one man to fight him. If he lost, Goliath said the Philistines would become servants of Israel. If Israel’s man lost, their people would be slaves to the Philistines.

The response? The Israelites were terrified as they focused on certain defeat. The task of fighting Goliath was too big and beyond their abilities. David, however, stepped forward and offered to  destroy Goliath single handed in a way no one could have imagined.

What made David different from those paralyzed with fear? David had strong faith in God that had been tested on more than one occasion. He’d faced fierce adversaries when he had killed a bear and a lion that were attacking his sheep. David knew he did not need the heavy armor of a typical warrior.  He had an intimate relationship with God, and trusted that the Lord would give him a plan to overcome the enemy.

David said to the taunting Goliath, “I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty…for the battle is the Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17: 45). With his sling and one smooth stone from the stream, he slung and struck the Philistine on the forehead, knocked him down, and then killed him.

How does David’s story relate to you? As an infertile woman, you face the Goliath of constant discouragement. Do not cave in to feelings of impending defeat. Give your battle to the Lord. Deal with the foe of negative messages in your mind with the following: Read more…

Finding the Comfort of Jesus at Easter

April 8, 2012

Alleluia! The Lord Jesus Christ, who was fully God and fully man, walked on earth, died for our sins and reigns eternally for us in heaven.  Last year, I posted the following in honor of Him on Easter. Enjoy this special teaching about the miracle of our Savior…

There’s a special gift we celebrate at Easter that will uplift you each day of your infertility journey. Unlike chocolate bunnies, plastic eggs filled with candy, or a new spring outfit, this gift will allow you to overcome any feelings of emptiness, anger, or resentment that may resurface.  This precious present is the unconditional love and forgiveness, constant comfort,  and the promise of eternal life in heaven given through Jesus Christ.  He’s there for you 24/7 to infuse you with His compassion and direction as you battle disappointment.

Jesus suffered every pain, rejection, isolation and deprivation any human could ever possibly experience.  Even as He was crucified on the cross, Jesus knew what you would be suffering right now, and that sins of anger and resentment, and inward thoughts of self-pity and anxiousness would separate you from Him in heaven. What is distracting you from resting in God?

Would you like to get rid of any hardness in your heart? Read more…

Go ‘Fast’ to Slow Down

March 1, 2012

Are you praying and praying about your infertility and not getting the response you desire? Maybe you don’t have the time to listen for God’s instruction. Or, maybe God wants you to make some adjustments to your heart before He answers your prayer. I’ve been there. I’ll say my morning prayers, then rush off without allowing God the space to respond to me.  Other times I don’t slow down long enough to recognize that He wants to use my dilemma to adjust my behavior. Fasting along with prayer has given me a way to commit special time to worship Him, see myself as He sees me, and recognize and repent my sins.

Have you ever considered supplementing your prayer with fasting to seek what is happening to you on His terms? God desires to fill you with His love and He wants to be filled with yours. Fasting provides a special opportunity to not only call out to God, but also to examine your conduct, repent sins, and exercise your faith by serving others. Jesus refers to “When you fast’…” in Mt. 6:6 as a time of pure motive that is not obvious to others, “but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” As Richard Foster suggests in his book, Celebration of Discipline, remember that the motive of fasting is to draw close to God, not to get God to do what we want. Read Isaiah 58:6-14, where the scriptures say ‘true fasting’ is not a religious ritual that we perform for God–it is exhibited by living a vital relationship with Him, having a pure heart of faith, and giving sincere service to the poor, hungry and the oppressed.

You can start to practice fasting by joining believers all over the Christian world who have begun to fast and pray Read more…

Key Words of Wisdom for 2012

January 30, 2012

As you search for answers regarding your infertility in 2012, consider making an unusual New Year’s resolution that will fortify your spirit and give you hope. Spend time with God and build your faith. It’s the healthiest path for your spirit.

Recently I heard a teaching by Rev. Steven Hoskins, an Anglican minister, regarding three keywords in Isaiah 55:1-9 that will provide you with specific direction for developing a healthy spiritual diet each day: COME; LISTEN; SEEK.  If you want guidance on what God’s plans are for you, here is your formula—

1) COME: Beginning with verse 1, an invitation is given to all who are thirsty:

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”

 God invites you to come to Him, 24/7 and experience His gift of lavish grace—for free! He is the living water that will quench your thirst. He has exactly what you need. Are you spending your time with other resources that do not fill your void? Challenge yourself to read few verses in your Bible each day and be infused with His wisdom. Have you picked out a special prayer time to be with Him daily?

2) LISTEN: Isaiah 55:2-3 continues—

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