My dream of being a mom started when I was just a little girl. I would carry my baby doll in one arm with a diaper bag thrown over my shoulder, pretending to go grocery shopping for my family. If only I could be eight again.
When I turned twelve, my parents had my little sister, Kayla. She became my real baby. I loved putting her in the front facing carrier and going to the store with my mom. Although most people were really confused, I so enjoyed taking care of her.
But here I am, almost 24… I expected to have a baby by now. Everyone tells me “enjoy your life without kids.. it will never be the same!” Or “You guys are so smart getting to enjoy your first few years of married life.” But these comments just make my heart long for motherhood even more.
I didn’t expect to be a Military wife. It’s funny because I made a deal with God many years ago, I said wouldn’t be a military or pastor’s wife. Yet I’m sitting here in the midst of a deployment asking God “What happened to my plan… of a husband with a normal job and having kids by age 23.”
Maybe you too had a plan for your life and you’ve found yourself asking God “When will I be a mother.. I’m tired of waiting.” Whether that’s because of life’s circumstances, infertility, or a miscarriage, you’re a momma in waiting.
Bible Verses To Pray When Trying to Conceive
1. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to proser you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
2. Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
3. Psalm 37:4-7 (NIV)
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this; he will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”
Our Faith & Prayer
4. Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
5. Mark 11:24 (NIV)
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.”
6. Genesis 30:22 (NIV)
“Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive.”
7. 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 (NIV)
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eggternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
8. Psalm 113:9 (NIV)
“He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.”
Patience & Waiting
9. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
10. Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.”
11. Psalm 127:3 (NIV)
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.”
Women in the Bible
It’s always comforting to hear someone who has gone through a similar situation. During this season of waiting, I’ve found myself searching for those who were in the same shoes.
Sarah & Abraham:
This couple went through so much as they struggled to conceive a child. Yet they remained faithful to God and His perfect plan.
In Genesis 16- 21, we see the couple deal with doubt and frustration. Sarah didn’t handle her barrenness well, although God still promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations.
By Genesis Chapter 21, God delivered on His promise. Sarah gave birth to Isaac, even in her old age.
God has His own plan and timing for our life. He has a reason for unexplained seasons like this. It’s so important to remember we aren’t the only ones who have experienced this waiting period.
Although it’s difficult, we need to remain faithful to God’s plan even when it doesn’t align with our hopes, dreams, and goals. (Hebrews 11:11)
Rebekah and Isaac:
This couple reminds me of the power of prayer! In Genesis 25:21-22, Isaac prays for his wife. We see the Lord answer his prayer with twins!
Even when we feel like God isn’t listening, prayer is so powerful. This season of waiting can feel like God’s absent. It’s important to pray that His will be done and that if we are following in His plan… this child will come!
After reading 1 Samuel 1 & 2, my heart goes out to Hannah. It says the Lord, closed her womb; This brought her so much frustration and sorrow.
But through Hannah’s story, we can learn the difference between our wants and the needs of the Lord.
Often out my my selfishness, I pray that the Lord would give us a baby… quickly. But when I read Hannah’s vow to Him, it reminds me that desiring a child for myself isn’t the right intention. It’s to raise a child to bring glory to His name.
Our intentions and prayers can’t be set on our selfish desires…. but need to be focused on walking in His plan for our life.
This season of waiting can be so difficult. But know that He has a perfect plan for your life. It’s more beautiful than anything you could imagine!
I will be praying for you during this time!
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