Monday, February 9, 2015

MOM Elizabeth: Trusting God in the Delay, Part 2

Click here for PART 1
Elizabeth and her husband Paul had prayed, waited, and trusted in God's timing in regard to the decision to start a family.  So when they felt God filling their hearts with the desire to be parents, the were ready! However, Elizabeth explains, "Naive as it sounds, we were not ready for the waiting which lied ahead."  
Elizabeth was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome after trying to conceive for seven months.
"I wasn't the least bit surprised because I'd always known something was off with my system. My hormones were completely out of whack.  I was constantly plucking black hair from my chin, I wasn't ovulating...the most pressing reality, though, was that it probably meant it would take us a long time to get pregnant and we'd likely need intervention."
Elizabeth and Paul did their research, spoke with professionals regarding treatment options, and spent time praying for "wisdom and discernment" as they began to "navigate unfamiliar territory." Seven months turned into two years...

"Two years of frustrating appointments and health complications. 
Various approaches to natural medicine.
Acupuncture, chiropractic visits, a no-sugar diet.
Herbal tea and supplements.
Prenatal vitamins, ovulation predictor kits.
An unreal amount of feminine products.
Prescribed medications.
Two painful, invasive procedure.
Blood tests.
And lots and lots of waiting."

730 days passed, and during this time of praying, trying and waiting, Elizabeth explains how she identified with the woman in the Bible who suffered from prolonged bleeding (in Matthew 9).
"I could picture myself reaching out to touch Jesus' cloak as he walked by, believing in His healing power. There were moments where I genuinely, without a shadow of a doubt, believed the timing was now. And I was wrong over and over again...I questioned why I still had to plead with God to give me the deepest desire of my heart when He already knew it all too well"

While diving into Scripture, Elizabeth was reminded over and over that there was a greater plan in the works, and God had a purpose for this time of waiting, although she could not yet comprehend what that might be, "Of course, Jesus, in his infinite wisdom, knows best.  It's the Sunday school answer and it's the truth. There is always a purpose and God is always right on time. Even in my situation." 

Continue here to PART 3, to read more of Elizabeth's journey to motherhood.

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