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Hello December! Nice to see you and all your Christmas-y goodness again.
There’s something about this season that makes a person reflect on the year they’ve had, whether good or bad, and realize just how blessed they truly are in this life. At least, I know the holiday season does that to me.
As I’m reflecting on the past year, I must say it has truly been one of the best yet. After moving around from one isolated region to the next for the past couple years, we finally settled in a place that has more than 5 restaurants and shopping options within a 20 minute drive. We don’t have to drive over an hour to visit the doctor. We put lots of work into our house to make it feel more like ours, and it’s finally coming together.
But, those were all things that we could live without. Just conveniences, really. Truly, the biggest blessing of the past year, without a doubt, would be having the opportunity to watch our sweet little girl grow into this curious, get-into-everything, little blonde-hair curls, Mickey Mouse loving, biggest grin you’ve ever seen, sweetheart.
Wait… did I say sweetheart? I totally meant goofball! Oops 🙂
I’ve been pretty open about our struggles to bring our daughter into this world. If you missed it, you can read our story here. And, I’ve shared how those experiences have made me into a person who lives with more anxiety than before.
New couples looking to start a family may not know just how scary taking that leap can be. I know we didn’t. You think in your mind, “Well, I know what it takes to make a baby. There can’t be much more than that, right?”
For some people, that’s all it seems to take. But, for me to say that those people “have it easy” would be unfair. Because, in all reality, some may look at me and say that I’ve had it easy in comparison. Do I feel that way? Not necessarily. But, who truly understands what I’ve gone through other than me? I’m the person who had to feel all those feelings, ride that hormonal roller coaster, physically change every day, and deal with the aftermath of all that. So, no… no one else knows my experience.
That’s why I have a new found appreciation for all families who face any sort of struggle when it comes to starting a family. The time, energy, emotions, and sometimes money that people invest into this is real. It’s taxing, and it takes a toll on even the strongest-willed individuals.
People who have never experienced the loss and emptiness that comes with pregnancy loss and infertility may look at the situation and say we just have bad luck or it’s just unfortunate. Do I feel unlucky or unfortunate?
I don’t believe luck or fortune has anything to do with it. Some may even think that God chooses who to give this burden to based on who He believes is strong enough to deal with it. That He only gives us what we can handle.
I don’t believe that either. God didn’t look at me and say, “Oh hey, she looks strong enough to deal with losing pregnancies. I’m going to take hers from her.” Does that really sound like the kind of God we serve?
So, what is it then? Many times, pregnancy loss and infertility are unexplained. Doctors can’t tell you why it’s happening to you, because medically, you are perfectly normal. In times when there is no cut and dry explanation, we tend to turn our blame on God. If it’s not a physical reason, it must be spiritual. I’m being punished.
Once again, though, does that sound like our God? No. It sounds like life.
Life happens. It’s full of up and downs. Good and bad times. Happiness and sadness. There is no explanation, and that’s terrifying. But, there is hope. There’s faith. And, I will forever be grateful that mine kept my head above the water during a time when I felt as if I were drowning.
I have had the pleasure of getting to know Caroline Harries, author of In Due Time, a 60-day devotional for those in waiting. For Caroline, that waiting is due to her experience with infertility. But, aren’t there so many others out there waiting for something? Aren’t we all?
A new job. A family. That perfect partner to come along. A diagnosis to an illness that’s been worrisome.
We all wait for something. And, it can be a difficult period in our lives. But, believe me when I tell you, sometimes faith is all you have. Sometimes, you have to cling to it, because if you don’t have something to hold onto, what keeps you from going under?
I love Caroline’s book, because through her experiences, in her time of waiting, she has grown in her faith. And, although God doesn’t hand-pick us to experience hurt and pain, He does want us to use our faith in those times. This book is the perfect start to finding, or just renewing, your faith in your time of waiting.
I have teamed up with Caroline to give one of you the opportunity to win a copy of In Due Time! Maybe it’s a new year’s resolution of yours to renew your faith, or maybe you know of someone who could use the inspiration. Here’s your chance to win a copy for yourself or someone you know!
To enter: go to my Instagram page and follow the directions on the post! Giveaway will run from today, December 6th, through Thursday, December 8th. Open to US residents only. Giveaway closes at midnight EST. Good luck!
Ready to get your copy now? Head on over to Caroline’s shop and use code: joyfultotslearning10 for 10% off your purchase plus a free bookmark!
Let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up- Galatians 6:9 (Caroline Harries, In Due Time).