Saturday, March 10, 2007

Backtracking

My husband, Andy, and I are approaching the five-year mark of trying to have a baby in July 2007. At the recommendation of some who know our story, I’ve finally decided to take the time to create a blog about our struggles through infertility and our hopes of adoption in the future. The purpose of this blog is to share my heart with family and friends and to inspire and encourage others. It is my hope that anyone who has ever had a prayer go unanswered or wanted something “good” and didn’t get it might be encouraged by what we’ve learned. If you visit the site each week you will eventually see how God has used something that might seem unfortunate to bless us. He’s just great like that! Feel free to pass the link to this blog on to anyone you feel might benefit from reading it.

Most of the early entries will be backtracking. It’s an incredible blessing to go back to the beginning and see what my frame of mind was then and how far God has brought me/us. Andy and I are full of hope in God and excitement for what is to come. We are also humbled and thankful for everyone who has uttered a word of prayer on our behalf through the past four + years. Thank you all, and may God bless you in tremendous ways like he has us!

Disclaimer: If you are facing infertility or know someone who is, please know that I do not view our path as “right” and every other way as “wrong.” While I do believe scripture to be abundantly clear on many moral issues, the issue of whether or not to pursue certain infertility treatments is not directly addressed in the Bible. Furthermore, our choice not to pursue fertility treatment was not due to a specific interpretation of the scripture but rather to a sense of the Spirit’s leading of our lives at that time. God’s direction for one person facing infertility might be different for the next person. That is why it is so important that we seek Him and trust the leading of the Spirit in making decisions about our lives. I ask that you read this knowing that this is how God chose to work in our lives and know that I am not casting judgment on anyone in whose life He’s chosen to work differently. We grow when we face challenges, and the God who knows us best knows what we need.

Next Post: Tuesday, March 13, 2007

8 comments:

David M. Staples said...

I look forward to reading this. We love you guys! Thanks for being so transparent.

Lindsay Watson said...

You are amazing! I am so impressed with your faith and your love for others and God. You and Andy are in my prayers. Lindsay

Leigh Ann said...

I am really excited to read through this these next months. You are so precious... both of you. I will continue to lift you in prayer... and one day rejoice with you when you are holding a precious child from God in your arms!

Andrea said...

I can't wait to hear about your journey!

Pricilla said...

Andy and Michelle are awesome examples and an inspiration to all of us...this by the power of Jesus. Thanks, Andy and Michelle, thanks for teaching us all. Whether or not one has been through what you two have experienced, like you said, it's applicable to us all in many different ways. thanks for being our friend.

Love.
Your Friend, Joey

rmaze said...

Obstacles are inevitible and everyone has at least one in their lifetime. Everyone's endeavor is very different no matter the perception. I'm very proud of you for being so faithful, strong and positive in your life's test. I love you very much!

lindsay stovall said...

i'm so glad you are doing this. i am very much looking forward to what you write, and looking even more forward to seeing how God continues to use you and bless you on this road that you're on. thanks for sharing your innermost thoughts so selflessly. love you guys.

heather said...

I am proud to be your friend... you really are a breath of fresh air, and I love you!