flipping the script
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. A week that is bittersweet but so important. One of the hardest parts about infertility is how the enemy grabs onto your weakness and continually speaks lies throughout your journey. I spent two years (plus some!) believing lies about myself and my God.
The theme for this years NIAW is “Flip the Script.” This theme struck me in so many ways. For so long, I believed that infertility was for older couples or women who had cancer or something along those lines, not something that would ever affect me. Yet there I was, at the ripe age of 23, facing my first miscarriage. I cannot begin to tell you how many times people told me, “Well at least you are young!” As if that helped. And then the lies. And the anger. It just kept piling up. It took a long time and a community of women who were experiencing the same thing, but eventually I was able to flip the script and turn those lies into truth from the Lord. Now I am grateful for our journey. It was difficult and unexpected but it brought us perspective and Lainey! Here are some lies I had to overcome:
Infertility says that my body is broken.
The Lord says that by his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
Infertility says that God does not listen to my desires.
The Lord says that He knows the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4) and that He works all things together for my good (Romans 8:28).
Infertility says that we need to control our lives.
The Lord says His plan is better than ours (Acts 17:26-27).
Infertility says that we are being punished.
The Lord says that there is no condemnation is Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
Infertility says that we may never have children.
The Lord says that His plan is for us to have a family (Genesis 1:28, Isaiah 60:22, Psalm 113:9).
Infertility says that God does not care about our sorrows.
The Lord says that he provides for the barren woman (Isaiah 54:1) and is near the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18).
To those still going through the fire: Infertility is a liar and does not have to control you. However, it will also always be a part of you and your story. Remember, God is with you. He has not forsaken you. His plan is for you to prosper!
To the moms that did not easily become a mom: It is normal to feel guilty sometimes. Infertility does not leave you when you become a mom. Especially if you want more children. It will be in the back of your mind and the enemy will continue to lie to you. Remember, God is with you. He has not forsaken you. His plan is for you to prosper!
I’m always open to questions so feel free to reach out. The Lord has reminded me of His goodness often throughout this process, but it is much easier to go through it together!
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