Where Can I Turn for Peace?

Where Can I Turn for Peace?

The scriptures are filled with wonderful verses that bring strength, comfort, understanding, and, yes, peace. Sure, we all know that you cannot go to the Topical Guide, look up “infertility”, and be guided to pages and pages of references to study. BUT, there are specific passages that carry with them the healing touch which can make an obvious difference on the darkest of days. Which scriptures “speak” to you? What about those scriptures help you understand infertility differently?

Community Responses…

Katie…

Moses 4:26. I’ve only been at this infertility thing a little over a month now. It’s hard! One of the things I tell myself, to give me strength, is that I am a Mother. Adam called his wife Eve, “because she was the mother of all living.” The Lord acknowledged Eve as a “mother” when she had not yet borne any children. For some reason, this gives me comfort. I know Heavenly Father loves me as his daughter with divine nature. I know someday I will be a mother of children. As for now, I’ll consider myself a “mother” in other ways.

Michele…

Joshua 1:9. “Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” As I went through 16 separate rounds of IVF, I would repeat scriptures or quotes like these. Because whatever option you choose, you need to have courage. I now have that quote in my kitchen as I go through further trials in my life. I like to see that quote every morning before I face the day.

Melissa…

Mosiah 24:16-17. I was reading in Mosiah this week where the people are in bondage, they decide on their own plan and escape by making the guards drunk, They escape but soon stop, start a new city and are back in bondage again.

The next time they pray to the Lord and he strengthens them in their trials and makes the burdens light, see Mosiah 24:14. He then promises to help them escape in Mosiah 24:16-17 “And it came to pass that so great was their faith and their patience that the voice of the Lord came unto them again, saying: Be of good comfort, for on the morrow I will deliver you out of bondage…And he said unto Alma: Thou shalt go before this people, and I will go with thee and deliver this people out of bondage.”

They didn’t know how but they gathered everything did escape. Then after, they stopped to rest and were warned again to keep going as they were being chased.

This made me think of my infertility journey. I wanted to solve it my way in my time. But that is not how the Lord works. If we pray to him, he will make our burdens light and teach us how to deal with our trials. Then he will show us the way out of our trial in his timing and show us exactly what we need to do.  The only way it will work in the long run is to follow him and in the path he prepares for us.We need to lean on him and his understanding of the big picture. But even more so, let him lighten our burdens so we can’t feel them on our backs.

Jennifer…

Psalms 27:14 has repeatedly been one of the most encouraging and comforting scriptures for me: “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say on the Lord.”

With all the challenging and consuming emotions associated with infertility there have been and still are many times that I do not know how I could possibly keep going. This scripture helps me see how I have managed to make it this far and helps me to keep pressing forward even if it is just one step at a time. The Lord is more aware of our courage than we realize and he helps us bear our burdens by strengthening our hearts. As I look over the past years and recognize how he has strengthened my heart, I am filled with gratitude for this tremendous blessing and offering of His love.

Sarah…

2 Nephi 2:25 “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.”

There are so many scriptures that have helped me along the way but this one is always the first one I think of. It has been almost 7 years of infertility and no children in the horizon yet. Whenever I thought my future looked bleak I would think of this. Heavenly Father wants me to have joy now. Infertility depresses and taxes your emotions and knowing that it is OK for me to pursue other interests for “joy” has helped. I have grown in ways I never expected. I have found a career that is challenging and wonderful at the same time. I have grown closer to my husband and we are better than we have ever been. Everyone reacts a little different to infertility. It is a club you didn’t wish to sign up for but I am at the point of living with it. I know others that have reached this point and my heart goes out to those just starting and worrying on what to do next. Remember it is OK to have joy in your life right now and maybe branch out in other directions.

 

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