2.10.2010

Overwhelmed...

WOW! I have no words for all of you amazing blog readers and friends!! I never could have imagined the comments and encouragement that I have gotten from the post below! I struggled for over a month with whether to post it and I can say now that I am glad I did. I feel like I just gained a whole new group of friends! Thank you to all of you that have never commented before and to every single one of you that have promised to pray for us! I am truly honored! Your thoughts, prayers, cries, similar stories and encouraging successes will keep me going through the hard times that I will have during the rest of this journey!

After finishing "Hannah's Hope", I started reading another book called "Water from the Rock : Finding God's comfort in the midst of Infertility". I haven't read the whole book yet but have skipped around to different chapters. I wanted to share with you what I read tonight...

The R's of Renewal
  • Resist Satan's lies and reject the patterns of this world.
  • Rest in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
  • Resolve inner conflicts, releasing regrets and unforgiveness and repenting of self-focus.
  • Reframe you situation from a spiritual perspective.
  • Restore godly thinking and renew your attitude.
  • Rely on others.
  • Remember the One to whom you should run for daily renewal.
It also says... "The amount of time it takes for your mind to become transformed is directly correlated to your willingness to submit to His teachings." This is something I really struggle with daily! I am trying so hard to stop planning my own life and my own path and just trust that God is in complete control! Thanks again for all of your support!!

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.
- Romans 12:2

12 comments:

Beki said...

Julee~
I've been reading your blog for a few months now but have never left a comment. I just wanted to leave a quick note of encouragement. My husband and I have struggled w/ infertility as well. We were told we would not be able to conceive except thru artifical means. However God has chosen to bless us w/ 2 boys....our first son was conceived after trying for almost 2 and a half years and our second son after 23 months. It IS SO HARD...I know. Especially when it seems that everyone around you is pregnant...been there!! I had I think 9 friends pregnant at the same time plus both of my sis and my SIL.....a real difficult time. But I learned thru the whole situation that God truely LOVES me and He has my very best interest in mind. HE LOVES YOU TOO JULEE and He ONLY wants the very BEST for you. Keep your faith in him. If I had one piece of advice to give it would be to TRY not to be consumed w/ the thoughts of pregnancy (I know its easier said than done) But I wasted a TON of time stressing and worrying.

I will be praying for you and your husband....

Jamie said...

Hi Julee... Somehow I've stumbled across your blog months ago & wanted to send some prayers your way. Thank you for sharing your struggles with us. Your a strong women.. I can tell that and I've never even met you. Remain optimistic & know your in all our thoughts & prayers!

Jamie

Summer said...

Hey Julee-
I am glad you decided to share your story and that you recieved such a great response, support system from friends, bloggy friends, strangers, etc.! It really really helps to meet people going through what you are or people who have been through it!

I found comfort in that when I was struggling with infertility! I think you are so pretty, funny, an amazing wife and mommy to your precious pup! I see through pics on your blog how well you are with kids "Brody" etc.! You my friend will be a mommy! It is just a matter of when is it in God's plan!

When I was struggling with infertility I often read this scripture "Take delight in the Lord and he wll give you the desires of your heart Psalm 37:4

I hope this helps
Praying for you....
Summer :0)

Lauren Kelly said...

Isn’t the blog world amazing!!!! The friendships and encouragement you can gain are amazing!!! :)

carrie said...

Julee, I've been reading your blog, too, but have never left a comment. I want to tell you that I am going through infertility too. We just did our third IUI and I take a blood test tomorrow to find out if I'm pregnant. Yesterday, you wrote exactly what I've been thinking and feeling! I too am trying to be patient and have faith that it's not MY plan or MY timing, but God's. It's a tug of war each day, but I found a lot of comfort in your scriptures today. Thank YOU for encouraging ME! I will be thinking about you :)

Jessica said...

Wow. Those 'R' statements are powerful and some that I should apply to my life daily. Thanks for sharing Julee! You're an inspiration

Jennifer said...

I don't know you either but found your blog from another...... we too struggled with infertility for a while. We ended up going to a specialist, had a miscarriage and finally AI to get our son. We now have 2 beautiful boys! However, I remember the feelings back then and felt exactly like what you mentioned (friends calling with pregnancy news, etc....) It's a hard season but you will grow in so many ways and look back, thankful for the lessons God showed you.

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

The Anglin Family said...

Wow Julee! You and Matt are in my prayers. My husband too has been very sick for awhile and ended up in the hospital for a month. He has lupus. :(
I will def keep him in my prayers. You are in my prayers, too. I don't know how you feel but I have lost a pregnancy and it was horrible. I will keep praying for you!!! The blog world is amazing...look how many people are praying for you! Wow!

Brittney said...

Julee,

I am not sure we have ever met officially, but I used to go to the Gossip Shop (didn't you used to work there) all the time and went to OBU...I've been reading for a little bit and I am so glad you shared your story. I will be praying for you guys as you continue on God's journey for you! He's faithful!

Amo said...

My sister just wrote a post that is very similar to your last post. And I will tell you what I told her. First of all, you aren't alone. So many know exactly how you feel. The desire for a baby can be all consuming, I know. Believe me, I know! But, you are never alone in your pain and if you ever need a sympathetic ear, I'm here! And second, there is no desire that God puts in your heart that He won't help you find. He wouldn't give you this ache in your belly for a baby if He didn't know this desire would someday be fulfilled. You are always in my thoughts and prayers!

Lilly, Matt, and Sara said...

Well I wish I would've read your blog before we met tonight! I only read the last two posts b/c I have to get to bed. You and Matt are in our prayers and we are asking for some sweet babies for you guys!!! Also, as a planner myself, I struggle with just letting God take control constantly...and then I am always paranoid that I am missing his plan or that maybe he needs me to make this plan or that plan..haha. I just wanted to let you know you weren't alone on that last one. It was so nice to meet you.

Amy said...

I have been reading your blog and like many others have only commented a few times, but I wanted to tell you that I will be praying for you and Matt....I look forward to the day when I will read your post sharing your exciting news....because I KNOW that our God is faithful and that day WILL come for you!!