By Amanda Hogue
While I was waiting for God to grow our family, I allowed envy and jealousy to creep into my heart. It was so hard to be happy for my friends that were pregnant. Again. Especially when they would complain about their pregnancy and I would try to be the supportive friend. But, honestly? I was mostly annoyed. Maybe you know how I feel?
But what if instead of being a group of women that is jealous and envious of the pregnancy (or being matched for their adoption, the promotion of a friend, picture perfect vacation) we use the time that God has given us? Because when we allow jealousy in one area of our life, it seeps into alllllll the others areas as well. What if we use this period of waiting to pray fervently for others, give generously of our time, and make the choice to flourish.
The enemy may have thought that the struggle to grow your family would crush you, that it would destroy your faith, or that it would cause you to walk away from God. But instead, what if you ground yourself deeper into the word of God, and prove to him that in your battle you only become stronger, a greater warrior, and you are able to point more people to God? Instead of furthering his kingdom, his attack against you builds the kingdom of God. Instead of wallowing in self pity, make the enemy sorry that he ever messed with you!
I’m so passionate about this! Friends, satan is attacking your seed. He’s attacking the men and women who would raise their children to be strong children of God. Once I realized that satan was afraid of the men and women of God that I would raise, I pursued our adoption so hard! I filed our paperwork in confidence and prayed relentlessly for the child that God would bring us. I knew that the enemy was afraid of our future child because he tried to sabotage it in so many ways.
Satan wants to steal your voice, silence your prayers, and make you look at God and question his goodness. I believe that the rampant battle of infertility we are dealing with is his strategy to cripple the next generation of Christians.
Because prayer is our most powerful weapon in our battle and grow our families, satan wants to cause us to distrust that weapon; to distrust the power of God, and distrust his goodness.
Does this make you angry? Write down your prayer strategy. Do not grow weary in praying for your future children. Keep believing that God will provide the resources, heal your/spouse body and that there will be a successful pregnancy/adoption. Don’t stop believing in the power and love of our God.
If this is something you’d like to read more about, I would love to recommend the book “Fervent” by Priscilla Shirer. This post is not sponsored in any way.