For some couples, trying to conceive feels like a war that stretches on for months and years.
Like all battles, it can leave us questioning God's plan and God's goodness and deceive us into forgetting God's unconditional love or that were made in the image of the Creator of the Universe.
Last week, I had the privilege of praying for a woman that had just received bad news from the doctor. The doctor coldly relayed that her uterus was filled with endometriosis and polyps, and conception wouldn't be likely.
Those piercing words can burden us and become shackles that bind our hope. The Bible records barrenness seven times, in Re:Birth, we cover the triumph of Abraham and Sarah. Though Sarah was well passed childbearing age, God chose her barren womb to plant the seed of a nation in. That seed would blossom into a lineage that would pave the way for our own healing and salvation. Jesus was born into the world and comes into our hearts to set things right. He makes the barren woman sing for joy (Ps. 113:9).
[By the way... the woman we prayed for had a follow up ultrasound this week, and her uterus was clear of polyps and fibroids... praise God!]
If you're struggling with bad news, disappointment, or weariness, remember:
Your body might be broken, but Jesus perfect flesh was pierced for yours.
Life might feel like an uphill battle, but Jesus came to bring life and life more abundantly.
Hope may be far, but God is still the author and the finisher of your story.
You might have made mistakes, but He still works all things together for His good.
Don't grow weary, and more importantly, don't let anything rock your identity in God. You're His child, in His image, created for His purpose and equipped to carry it out.
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Whether you’re a mom or not, being on this planet has most certainly exposed you to purchasing swim suites. Bathing suits can be fun, or a unique embodiment of hell.
Ten years ago, is rock out an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini (you're welcome for getting that catchy jingle stuck in your head). But my style has definitely changed. Yes, having babies changes your body. But it also changed my heart a great deal and I'm much more confident and thankful for my body than ten years ago.
Back in my yellow bikini days, I would find a way to nit pick and compare myself to airbrushed images, leading to discouragement and headache. These days, I'm thankful for a) be a mom, b) be alive and c) all the amazing things my body can do from giving birth to nursing and taking care of my kids on a daily basis.
I've also [more heartedly] embraced the concept of modesty. Once upon a time, it felt like a prison of rules and church regulations that I had to obey to appease others. It took quite a few years to realize that God values our hearts over our hem lines. I embraced a healthier form of modesty once I began valuing myself and true purpose from God instead of thriving off of others glances and approval.
This journey led me to look for some bathing suits that were more modest, without taking me back to the 1920s. Five years ago, I did some googling and came across Lime Ricki. I found some cute floral swim suits on clearance and figured I'd try them out on vacation.
I fell in love. Not just with the bathing suits, but with going to the beach, feeling cute, and not feeling exposed. It felt so freeing to not be worrying that I might reach down to pick up my toddler and show accidentally put on a show. I didn't even have to reach for a cover up to walk to the car. I felt so comfortable- think yoga wear for the beach.
One of my favorite things they offer is the bathing suit skirts because they keep you covered, but look super cute. And my absolute favorite piece is my blue top from the Parker Barker collection a few seasons back. I love the elegant shape and lines.
And bonus: I stretched one of them into my 6th month of pregnancy. I got a size larger and was able to rock it out while I was pregnant with Genevieve.
I like to think summer isn't over until it snows, so check out Lime Ricki and take advantage of their end of summer sales!
Have a great week!
I have a love/hate relationship with make-up. It's such a simple little thing that most of us use, collect, hoard, and never follow those dumb recommended 'expiration dates' for.
Is a wife, mother of four, author of Re:Birth, and lover of afternoon naps.