I can’t explain it, but many, many of the women I know have experienced infertility. Several women I know waited and waited and finally sought some infertility treatments which helped them conceive. Other women I know waited and waited…and waited…and are still waiting.
It breaks my heart.
I didn’t know infertility was such a widespread issue until I was in college. I was mentored by an amazing woman who, along with her husband of course, tried to have children for several years. Finally, they were blessed to adopt the 2 boys that God wanted them to have in their forever family! She told me that she was constantly praying for several friends who were not able to conceive yet.
I was shocked.
Brad and I both come from families where the children – and aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. – are plentiful. It made us think that as soon as we started trying to conceive, we would.
We were married for 5 years before we started trying to have babies. You see, it takes us a long time to mature before we’re ready for something. No seriously. We had a multitude of issues in our marriage plus seminary to work through before thinking of children. Apparently, we needed even longer than I thought!
So you can imagine how confused we were that we didn’t get pregnant the first month. Or the second. Or the third. It took us a year before we thought, “What’s going on here?”
We started talking with friends and eventually found a doctor. We began praying and crying out to the Lord regularly for kids, which we had never done before. The tests showed that nothing was wrong medically (that they could tell of course). We breathed sighs of relief at that, but it made us even more confused.
If nothing was “wrong”, why were we waiting?
I’m sure all of us on this infertility journey could write a book about it, and I’m no different! To avoid a gigantic post, I’m going to break this into 2 posts. Sorry to leave you with a cliffhanger, but maybe this is a good time to stop and pray.
I would love to pray with you for any primary or secondary infertility in your or a loved one’s life. Feel free to leave prayer requests in the comments here or on the Facebook page throughout the week. If you would like your requests to remain confidential, email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.