Originally posted December 9, 2016.
It’s been about a month and half since my last blog post on here. I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching and inner healing lately and it’s been nothing short of magnificent.
I found a ministry in the metro area called “Dance Again Ministries” and it has been awesome to see and experience God using that ministry as a way of breaking spiritual lies and the accompanying bondage. Not only that, but God has been revealing himself to me in ways I’ve never before experienced. There really are no words to describe how incredibly liberating this whole spiritual endeavor has become. For the first time in many many months, I truly feel at peace. I also can safely say that I finally feel JOY in my life. When churchy-folk talk about the freedom found in Christ… Wow! Now that I have tasted it for myself… their church jargon versions of “peace”, “joy”, and “freedom” are such a second rate version of what those things look like in reality.
So, needless to say–but I’m going to anyhow–God has really been wrecking my world in the absolute best way possible.
You may be wondering where that leaves me and what that means for this pursuit of procreation. Let me tell ya…
Jason and I are taking this thing called infertility one day at a time. As much as I’d love to say otherwise, I don’t know when or if we’ll ever conceive a child. I don’t know if we’ll do IVF like the doctor suggested. I don’t know if we’ll try to adopt. I don’t know if we’ll foster. I literally know nothing about what the future looks like for us. And I’m at peace with that. I have a hunch that there may be some fostering in the future for us, but nothing is set in stone. We have tentatively planned to pursue IVF in the future; although, we don’t know when that might happen.
For me, it’s becoming less and less about what I DON’T have and more about what I already do have. I have so much love in my heart that I would completely lavish on our own child, if given the chance, but if that’s not in the cards for us… I can lavish that same love onto others. That’s really what it means to be a follower of Christ anyhow.
Mainly, I don’t feel stressed or pressured anymore. No stress?! I know, it sounds absurd! Especially for anyone who is in the throes of infertility. I get it! Trust me; I do! To say this journey has been rough is like the understatement of the century! It is the equivalent to an emotional roller coaster to say the least. But I have came to a place of trusting God. (NOT at all easy for me!) I still have some doubts lurking back in the recesses of my mind, but they’re small and they don’t shout as loudly anymore. I have come to an understanding of who God is and how he loves me. I no longer feel that this infertility thing is a punishment, like I did for every stinking day of the first 2 years. I know that my heavenly Father has a plan and, while I don’t know all the details, I know it’s gonna be good! It’s like any of the upteen million super hero movies and shows… There’s a hero. There’s a villain. There are many supporting characters who are both good and bad. Inevitably, there will be a conflict of some sort between said hero and villain. And the hero always wins. Sure, sometimes, there’s the dramatic scene where the hero gets his butt handed to him a little, but then, there’s the morale-boosting pep talk and he comes back stronger than ever and ready to take that villain down. Right? So, that’s like my story. I don’t know the filler details, but I know that –because of God’s infinite love for me– I will always come out on top. I’m on the winning team, y’all. As believers, we all are. Some cynical folks may say that it’s blind faith and they’d be completely wrong. Blind faith is what I had before. Now that I had my literal come to Jesus meeting, I know that the end may turn out quite a bit differently than I expected, but I can be okay with whatever plot twists come my way. It may be terrible in the moment, but I can find comfort in knowing that something wonderful is up ahead.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Sidenote, if anyone would be interested… there’s a book called “I Don’t Wait Anymore” by Grace Thornton. That book was kind of the thing that challenged me to see things differently and start seeking God in a completely new way. I highly recommend it!
Until Next Time…