Biblical Encouragement for Couples Waiting to Conceive
- Friday, August 28, 2009
Patience and character not only help us to be better Christians and witnesses for God, but it will also help us be better moms when that time comes! Being a mom is such an important role in your child's life and it's comforting to know that God cares enough about us and our future children to prepare us to be good mothers who are patient and full of character.
We may be frustrated at the lack of activity going on in our bodies, but we can rejoice in what is going on in our souls. "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Shows Us Our True Source of Joy
Most people are familiar with Psalms 37:4- "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." This is a great scripture to meditate on and remember, but many people seem to skip over the first part of the verse. The irony is that many people hang on to this scripture so tightly when the desire of their heart seems to be overpowering them, but what the scripture actually says is that when you make the Lord your joy and desire him above all else, then He will give you the other desires of your heart.
If you desire other things more than Him (like having a baby), when that desire is fulfilled that thing will take first place in your heart- a place that is reserved for no else but God Himself. Not only that, but He knows that if you try to find your joy and fulfillment from anywhere besides him, you will end up disappointed and unfulfilled. A baby is a wonderful thing and definitely a blessing and will have a huge part of your heart, but a baby cannot fulfill your love and fellowship need in your life that only God can. If you keep thinking about how you will be so delighted when you finally get pregnant, take this time of waiting to develop a delight in Him that is not dependant on circumstances. "Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass." Psalms 37:5
Teaches us to Rest in the Lord
Psalm 37 has so many wonderful verses that are very encouraging. Like Psalms 37:7: "Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don't worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes." Many times we can get so restless when we are waiting for something. If you're like me and try to plan everything, then it can extremely frustrating when waiting messes up your plans! And can be disheartening when you see other women get pregnant around you, especially those who aren't married and don't even want a baby.
The devil will send fleeting thoughts your way like "Why is it that I'm serving God and can't get pregnant while so many teenagers and people who aren't serving God are having babies!" Sometimes it seems that people who aren't doing things God's way are better off, but in the end they are not and we need to reject these negative thoughts. The only thing you can control is yourself and what you focus on and think about. The verse tells us to be still in God and wait patiently. It doesn't tell us to worry and make things happen on our own.
What a wonderful thing to be rest in God and be at peace knowing He is working on our behalf, even though we can't see it yet. When we are able to do this, it gives us a lifelong peace that can't be taken away.
When we rest in God and trust Him to take care of us, then we stop "trying" to make things happen on our own. Occasionally, a woman tries so hard to conceive a baby but when she finally stops trying, she becomes pregnant! I've seen this happen numerous times with couples who have decided to adopt. When you try so hard in your own strength, your body recognizes the strain and stress and it makes it even harder to conceive! God made our bodies work the way they do so we should really follow his instruction manual (the Bible)!
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