Today is the DAY!!

We are excited to share with you that I AM FRUITFUL is participating in Communities Foundation of Texas’s ninth annual North Texas Giving Day, which is TODAY!  This is  a one day online giving extravaganza to benefit non-profit organizations and ministries that are dear to our hearts.  Last year, more than 2,500 organizations in 16 counties came together to celebrate North Texas Giving Day and raised over 37 million dollars! We invite you to join the movement and help us raise funds on September 14.

Here are some of the ways we plan to impact our community:

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  • Send out MORE Baby Loss Care Packages than ever before
  • Develop and launch curriculum for churches across the nation to support and equip couples going through infertility
  • Provide more free devotionals and resources to our community
  • Speak and share truth at events around the country
  • Increase the reach of our Prayer and Prophetic Teams
  • Launch our Words of Encouragement Program
  • Bring on a staff member
  • Host a fundraiser

As you know, our organization was created to inspire hope in those who are trying to conceive, dealing with infertility, or suffering through loss and miscarriage. The North Texas Giving Day helps us provide even more services to North Texans. Our desire is to become a leading resource for Christian couples trying to conceive. We are on a mission to shine God’s light and truth so brightly into the infertility community that it cannot be ignored! Can we count on you to help us take things to the next level?

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Here are some of the ways your gift will make an impact:

  • $15 could provide a Baby Loss Care Package to a grieving momma
  • $50 could provide 12 ladies with a copy of Joy Comes in the Morning
  • $89 could sponsor a lady to attend an infertility conference
  • $100 takes care of about 2 months of our in-person group needs
  • $200 allows us to assemble 16 more care packages
  • $500 helps us launch our group curriculum in churches across the country

Partner with us TODAY!

We are so excited to be participating in North Texas Giving Day this year!! Testimonies are constantly rolling in of God's faithfulness and how I Am Fruitful has made an impact!

Here are some of the things we plan to impact our community:

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  • Send out MORE Baby Loss Care Packages than ever before
  • Develop and launch curriculum for churches across the nation to support and equip couples going through infertility
  • Provide more free devotionals and resources to our community
  • Speak and share truth at events around the country
  • Increase the reach of our Prayer and Prophetic Teams
  • Launch our Words of Encouragement Program
  • Bring on a staff member
  • Host a fundraiser

We need your support to accomplish these plans!! You can schedule your gift TODAY by clicking below!

This is HUGE!

We are so excited to announce that  I AM FRUITFUL will be included in North Texas Giving Day as a non-profit this year! The potential is HUGE!!

If you are new to I Am Fruitful, we provide resources, groups, support, and encouragement to couples struggling with infertility and going through infant loss and miscarriage. We steward our funds as if they are our own, and we desire to glorify God with every dollar.

North Texas Giving Day is September 15, and we need your help in spreading the word! If you have struggled to grow your family, you KNOW how isolating, lonely, and desperate that season is. We are making a mark in the Kingdom and in this community! 

Here are a few things we're doing to support this community:

  • Baby Loss Care Packages are sent out when we hear of a loss. 
  • Coloring Books provide a tangible resource during grief.
  • In-person Group is a place for growth, encouragement, and fellowship.
  • We give free resources, including around 1,000 downloads of our free devotional.
  • Reach over 14,000 people DAILY through social media encouragement.
  • Speaking and sharing the truth at events around the country.
  • Prayer and Prophetic Teams pray for specific needs and share words of encouragement.

Your donation MATTERS! It helps us to provide care packages, it allows us to continue offering prayer teams and groups and free resources. It helps to bring AWARENESS! It allows us to grow and expand our impact.

When you give via NorthTexasGivingDay.org, your donation goes further with bonus funds and prizes. All donations scheduled between September 7th and 13th or made between 6am and midnight on September 14, 2017 qualify. Your donation triggers opportunities for your I Am Fruitful to win prizes rewarded at random or for the highest number of donors! This year every dollar given up to $10,000 will be multiplied with bonus funds when donors give online through NorthTexasGivingDay.org. 

Here are 2 simple ways you can help:

  • Set a reminder and schedule a gift on September 7th or give on September 15th!
  • Share this link on social media and let your friends know what this means to YOU. Share your story, your struggle, or how I Am Fruitful has encouraged or supported you!

Friendship through infertility

by Emily Allen (of Kindred Mom)

We are in her kitchen, washing dishes between conversations with the various women who have dropped by for an evening of jewelry-making and friendship-forging. For years, we have been bringing women together for fellowship and camaraderie, playing to both of our strengths—her as a hostess, me as a deeper-conversations sort. She nervously tells me she thinks she might be pregnant. She hasn’t tested yet, but she has a hunch this could be the month. My heart swells with excitement for her. They’ve been trying for a while, but haven’t stressed about it. Both are eager to welcome a baby.

A few days later she tells me.

“Not this month,” she sighs. I’m sorry, I say, and I mean it. She’d be the best mom.

A few weeks later, it is me that has pink lines for the fourth time. I’m a little timid about telling her because it is uncomfortable when mom-with-multiple-other-children tells friend-who-is-still-waiting-for-one that we will be having our fourth baby in March. Still, she smiles and hugs me, and cheers me all through the pregnancy.

Still no pink lines for her.

For months, we pray and cry, and I fumble my way through trying to support her, always feeling like I come up short because I can’t fix the situation. I can’t do much except listen and pray and continue tenderly walk through the waiting along with her.

I give birth and try to figure out the chaos of four kids in my house. Two boys and two girls. It’s all so perfect, everyone says. Surely we’re done. I think we are for a stretch of months until I hear God asking me to surrender my plans. I will, I say to Him. I will receive what You give, Lord, even if that means another pregnancy, and another round of that humbling place of giving my body to the very challenging task of childbirth. I pray and try to encourage my sweet friend who is still waiting and still hoping with the best attitude she can muster.

Still no pink lines for her.

Over a year goes by when a call comes, and she says, “I’m pregnant!”

I cry with joy and the next week I make a similar call back to her and say, “I’m pregnant too!”

She is having a baby! My number five is on the way. We’re excited for each other, and it all feels so wonderful to take this journey together since we’ll be due in the same month.

She’s 11 weeks and eager to see her baby on ultrasound at her OB appointment. I’m a week behind her and feeling the nausea and exhaustion of the first trimester. I’m waiting for her call to gush about the little bean-baby she is growing, except when she calls, she is suddenly solemn.

“There is no heartbeat."

I am dumbfounded. Stunned. Reeling.

“I’m sorry,” I say several times, unable to find any other words while she cries on the other end of the line. It seems unfair that I would be carrying another child, my fifth, while her hopes are crumbling with the loss of the baby she wants, but will never hold this side of heaven.

I feel powerless to help her through the grief, but I stay close, hoping to hold her up as I’m able. I make a necklace with her baby’s would-be birth month stone (the same month I will later give birth myself) and give it to her in a city park where we meet up for my kids to run wild on the play structure so we can have just a few minutes to talk. I feel unsure that it will help at all, but I feel like if I can’t acknowledge the life that she has carried and lost, awkward as it seems, that I would not be loving her well. She says she thinks of this baby as hope; hope that God hears her. Hope that this is not the end of the story. Hope that one day, she’ll be through this valley to a sweeter, more joyful place.

I am conflicted for months. I struggle to accept the loss of her baby while my baby is growing safely in my womb. How can I rejoice in the life I carry when my dear friend weeps through years of infertility and now this heartbreaking loss? Every time I pass my weekly gestational milestones, I think about her loss. I feel guilty that I am not bonding with my baby.  

Over the years, other friends who struggle with infertility distance themselves from me. I understand why, but I always feel sick about it. What can I do? If given the opportunity, I would journey with them too. It’s too painful to be around you and your beautiful children, they say. I feel sad that I can’t care for them in their difficult days the way I desire to.

But this friend didn’t distance herself. She pressed in. She showed up to my kids’ birthday parties, and she came to my house to care for my other four children while I gave birth at home to my fifth little love. She sat upstairs with my kids, watching a movie at higher-than-normal volume to muffle the noise of me screaming out a nine-pound baby downstairs in our finished basement. She was the first person to see me after that birth and held my newborn daughter less than an hour after her arrival. I showed up for her throughout the seasons too--in different but equally important ways.

We embraced each other through everything, and our friendship has surprised me.

A few years later, I now have six kids, and my sweet friend is now the mother of 2 little ones, a boy and a girl—the miraculous answers to years of prayer and waiting.

A friend loves at all times—in the valleys and at the mountain tops. We’ve seen both, and continue to be beautifully enriched by the friendship we share.


Emily Sue Allen is the founder of Kindred Mom, a collaborative blog and podcast dedicated to helping moms flourish in motherhood. She is a contemplative, creative soul who celebrates the beauty of a humble, handmade life and deeply values the power of encouragement. She lives with her husband and six kids in the Pacific Northwest, and personally blogs at lightandloveliness.com. She invites you to connect with the Kindred Mom community on Instagram or Facebook.

Find her on Social Media:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/kindredmom/

Kindred Mom Twitter: https://twitter.com/kindred_mom

Kindred Mom IG: https://www.instagram.com/kindred_mom/

Personal IG: https://www.instagram.com/emily_sue_allen/


Check out this amazing resource to dig into God's Word!


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HI everyone!

My name is Ashley aka @magmagandme.

Summer is a fun time in the Bible Journaling world! So many things we see remind us of God's love for all of us.

Over at MAGNOLIAMAGENTA.COM we have splashy happymail exchanges, encouraging embellishment kits, drawing tutorials and monthly Bible Journaling Kits that will help you dig into God's word! Here is a peek at some of our goodies in action.

 

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Lauren here! As you know, we've got several weeks of creative inspiration planned for you!! We want to encourage you to tap into your creative side as you learn to worship God in different ways. It's also a really fun distraction if you're in a season of waiting or sadness.

If you want to start Bible journaling or take your creativity to a new level– I highly recommend EVERYTHING Ashley has on her website. It's all high quality and has completely inspired my creativity. I bet it will inspire you as well!! If you want to start Bible journaling, MagnoliaMagenta.com is a great place to start!


The Word Comes Alive

by Jess Conn

I will never forget the day I saw Lauren post about this amazing journaling bible called, The Message Canvas Bible, by Eugene H. Peterson. Immediately I began to feel a stir in my heart that I needed to invest in one of these bibles. You see, I am one of those girls that always had a journal. I would journal pictures, stories, sermon notes, and things the Lord was telling me. After having children, I started to get behind on my journaling and I just knew this bible was something that would get me back on track!

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That night I randomly mentioned to my husband that I was very interested in having one these bibles. I figured it would be great a Christmas present or birthday present and wasn't expecting him to get it anytime soon. My sweet husband, Brandon, just smiled and nodded and agreed that it would be perfect for me. Literally the NEXT DAY Brandon came home with a bag. He told me to open it. It was my own journaling bible!!!! I cried tears of joy and was so excited to dive into this new journey.

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This year one of my goals was to spend more time learning and meditating on scripture but at the same time I was having a VERY hard time getting motivated as well as remembering them. Since I am a visual learner I often struggle with just hearing the verses. I need to see them, write them, and meditate on them. Once I started coloring the verses in my bible, they came to LIFE! Every detail of the picture helped engrain the verse in my mind. As I colored the verse I would say it over and over and I felt a love for the Word come alive in me again. It's amazing how God used a simple tool such as map pencils and paper to make His word come alive in me.

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I'll never forget when God reminded me of something very sweet and delicate. I was coloring every little detail on my verse and I suddenly felt this overwhelming feeling of how God cares for EVERY detail of our lives.  I know we hear this all the time but it finally felt real in my heart!  He does care! The first verse I colored was, "You're the God who see me" from Genesis 16 (msg).  Immediately, He laid this Psalm 139:14 on my heart.

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

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I could already see how He was bringing verses to my mind and weaving the Word together in my heart.  It truly is amazing how much the Lord cares for EVERY detail of our lives and that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. I'm so thankful He led me to this bible and that my excitement and desire for the Word has been strengthened.

Worship can come in many forms and I challenge you to find what stirs your heart as you mediate and learn from the Bible. For me it was simply coloring and enjoying my time in the Word. This Bible has changed the way I read scripture, the way I meditate on scripture, and the way I remember scripture.

 

Prayer:

Thank you Lord for giving us many ways to worship you and learn your Word. May our lives be continually filled with worship for you. Stir in our hearts a desire to know you more. We love you Lord and thank you for your many blessings. Amen

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Lauren here! I'm so grateful to my friend Jess for taking the time to share her heart! I love that the Word came alive for her again after she began Bible journaling!! Over the next few weeks, we'll be focusing on our creativity and how it can be used to worships and grow closer to God! I'll post a link below so you can find a good Bible and join us!!

Stay tuned, because we'll be posting a journaling challenge soon!! Check out our coloring book below!


You're gonna be ok

Wow, this song. It is so real, so raw, and so true. "Just take one step closer, put one foot in front of the other. You'll get through this, just follow the light in the darkness, you're gonna be ok." 

Keeping it together, appearing and being strong, remaining hopeful. Those things are hard. But we want to encourage you today to put this song on and keep hoping in your Savior! You ARE going to be okay.

When your heart is heavy. When you're overwhelmed. When you're drowning in life or death or sadness or anxiety. HOLD ON. "Just take one step closer. Put one put in front of the other. You'll get through this, just follow the light in the darkness. You're gonna be ok."

You're gonna be ok.

Brian and Jenn Johnson

When you feel let down

Have you been enjoying Worship Wednesdays? This week I have a burden. A burden to remind my friends that God does not fall off of His thrown. That He is good and always will be. That He will never let you down!

This song is currently one of my absolute favorites. The cry of my soul is that God alone would be the wind inside my sails, the anchor in the waves, and the fire inside my veins! I want HIM to be my song. I want everyone who sees me to feel God's goodness.

I love the bridge- "You're never gonna let me down."

But you have been let down, right? I have too.

I've been heartbroken, abandoned, isolated, left out and uninvited. I've been let down. I've had to wait, and I've had to struggle. I've been sick and I've lost babies and I've had to fight. But GOD NEVER LET ME DOWN.

The enemy has attacked. The Lord has allowed challenges. He's allowed them to grow my faith, to develop my character, and to enhance my weaknesses so HE can be glorified. And through it all, He was and is good. And He never let me down. I know I will have disappointments and hurts and struggles in the future. God never promised us an easy life. But He did say He'd be there with us through all of it!

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
— Deut 31:6 NLT

In fact, when I look back at every one of the struggles, heartbreaks, and failings in my life– He was there. He was right there. Every bit of good that has come in my life has been from Him. 

There's a live version of this song on YouTube with Steffany Gretzinger that includes some spontaneous worship, and I'm SO drawn to these lines:

"When nothing's going right and it all falls apart– You're good.

When everything is going right– You're still good.

So we will prophesy this morning into every situation. That you have never changed and you never will. Because you are good."

It's not in His nature to let us down. And He never will.

Worship with us today, and lay your disappointments at His feet. 

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Every Battle

Join us for a moment of worship today!

Every battle, even the seemingly impossible, belongs to the Lord. He is fighting for you as you hide in Him. Lay down the burden of fighting for yourself and lift your hands to the Lord! 

I encourage you to read through the lyrics before you listen. Let them soak in! 


Every Battle by Rita Springer

Every imposter, every contender will fail to compare with You
There is no kingdom, authority, power like Yours
No one more royal, no other loyal than one God, one truth
No other kingdom, no other freedom like Yours

You are high, high and lifted up
Strong and mighty enough, You are King
And I hide, covered by Your wings
And it’s there You fight for me
And every battle, every battle is Yours

No greater rescue than when You came through with strong love, strong love
All my accusers, silenced and scattered by You
Your people arising, we realize it is finished, it’s finished
Stand in the promise it is accomplished in You

You are high, high and lifted up
Strong and mighty enough, You are King
And I hide, covered by Your wings
And it’s there You fight for me
And every battle, every battle is Yours

No gods or idols, no princes or powered will have my worship
No threat of darkness, no fear of failing will steal my purpose
You’re my surrender, protector, defender
And every battle, every battle is Yours

You are high, high and lifted up
Strong and mighty enough, You are King
And I hide, covered by Your wings
And it’s there You fight for me
And every battle, every battle
Every battle, every battle is Yours
Is Yours

Take Courage- Bethel Music

"So take courage my heart,

Stay steadfast my soul

He's in the waiting

He's in the waiting

Hold onto your hope

As your triumph unfolds

He's never failing

He's never failing" 

Memorial Day Sale!

For one day only, our coloring book JOY COMES IN THE MORNING: COLORING THROUGH INFANT LOSS & MISCARRIAGE is 40% off when you use code: MEMORIALDAY.

If you buy 3, you can also use code: SHIPMORE to receive $5 off shipping!

And it's kind of like Tom's... for each book you give, we give one to a grieving momma! So really, YOU'RE giving one to a grieving momma!!

More about the book HERE:

8 scriptures to pray over your fertility!

When I don't know what to pray, I either pray in the Spirit or I pray scripture! And today I want to share 8 amazing scriptures to pray over your fertility! Whether you just got married or have been struggling with infertility for years... these scriptures are LIFE-GIVING!!! 

No freshly spoken word of God will ever come to you that does not contain its own ability to perform itself.
— Bill Johnson

A scripture that comes to mind along with that Bill Johnson quote is Isaiah 55:11 "So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."

So maybe you're not even sure what to pray anymore or you just want to take your prayer life to the next level. Either way, whatever the reason... these scriptures are LIFE over your fertility!

Please Pin the graphic above so other ladies can find it when searching! Here they are in easy-to-read format:

Mark 11:24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

Psalm 113:9 He gives the childless woman a family, making her a happy mother. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

Hebrews 11:11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise.

John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Jeremiah 30:17 For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal.

Psalm 34:19 The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.


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