Recently, James and I shared on social media that we are expecting our third child. To say we are excited would be an understatement. Like many couples, we went through a season of waiting while we tried to conceive and the last two years really molded and shaped my heart in many ways.
If you would have asked me nine years ago what my plans were for my family I would have told you that James and I were going to wait five years to start having children but once we started I would have them all close in age and be done around age thirty. It was the perfect plan that I thought would be possible since James and I married young.
Just like our plan, five years into our marriage we had our first biological child, Chase. When James and I started trying, we got pregnant the very first month. It was equally a shock as it was a blessing. Our experience with trying to get pregnant to the birth of Chase was a dream. Everything was easy and honestly perfect. When I think back on that season of my life it was a season full of joy and I am so thankful for it.
The years following Chase’s birth was full from our process of adopting Manny and moving across the country. So when the time came to start trying again Chase was already two and we, naively, thought we would get pregnant just as fast as the first time.
After six months of trying and not conceiving, it was starting to feel like forever. I would take a test every month and cry every time it came back negative. I would get down when thinking about the longer age gap between Chase and our next as it wasn’t fitting into my plan. Then, one evening James asked me to stop taking tests, to trust God’s timing and His plan for our family.
The next day I was sitting in my living room listening to worship music while Chase napped. I was talking with God about wanting another child and asking Him how long I was going to have to wait. I remembered what James asked me to do and in that prayer, I decided to release my desires and plans to God and actually trust Him.
The next year and a half were spent just waiting. No tests, no worrying, no “life plan” to follow, just waiting on the Lord and His timing. I would go months without thinking about it while I worked hard on the other things the Lord had me doing. I was spending this time building this blog, taking writing courses, attending webinars, talking to hundreds of women, and absolutely loving this season of my life. My desire for a child never went away, but I learned what it really meant to wait on the Lord.
Lessons I Learned During My Season Of Waiting That Can Help You Too
1. Toss My Plan Out The Window: While having plans isn’t a bad thing, relying on them so much that your joy is stolen when it doesn’t work out it is. I never planned on adopting a child who is ten years older than Chase or for Chase to be four when our next child comes, but now I look at my original “plan” and just laugh. Honestly, who cares about a silly age gap. The small stuff we care about and “plan” for things to align perfectly in our mind can be so fruitless and meaningless. So, while I learned to toss my plan out the window I simultaneously held on to Christ knowing His plan for my life would be greater. Even if I don’t see it or understand it- God’s word says His plans are for my good and that is good enough.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
2. To Just Wait: My life didn’t have to pause because I was in a season of waiting. There were things God wanted to do in my heart and in my life during this time and if I had been impatient and selfish with it- I would have missed it all. I put my head down and focused on what was in front of me, working hard every day, and not worrying or stressing about this unfulfilled desire in my heart. I didn’t allow my heart to grow weary, instead, I thanked God every day for growing a baby in my womb in my prayers and then moved forward with the day.
Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
3. Allow Moments Of Raw Emotions: I had to learn to allow myself to have moments of sadness or frustration and to not be too hard on myself when they occurred. I had to make sure that those moments stayed moments and didn’t bleed into my week or month. Or I would be living a life in anxiousness and not patience. I would take some time to read scripture, listen to worship music, or talk with James. I should share my frustrations or fears while never leaving a conversation without ending in prayer.
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “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.”
4. Welcome Transparency: For a while, I didn’t share with anyone that we were trying. If someone asked what our plans were I would say something general and move the conversation along. After accepting that this was going to take way longer than I would have preferred, I was afraid of sharing. I felt if I spoke it that it would officially become a “thing.” I didn’t want others labeling my journey as a journey of infertility when I knew in my heart it was a journey of God’s timing. I didn’t want others to question the idea of there possibly being something medically wrong when I knew there wasn’t. I came up with every excuse to hold it in until one evening I felt the Holy Spirit’s leading to share. I wrestled with the idea and felt the Lord speak to my heart and say that because I’m choosing to hold onto this, that I’m withholding all the glory that belongs to Christ. So, I opened up and shared with you, my readers, and in my everyday life. I decided that I would share my season of waiting so that when the day of waiting ends Christ can receive all the glory that He so deserves.
John 14:13 says, “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Are you in a season of waiting for a child, spouse, career, or dream? Your life doesn’t have to be on pause while you wait. Your perfect plans may not align with the even better plans Christ has for you and it’s ok to be frustrated about it and to feel sad. But can I encourage you that while you welcome those human emotions to also welcome Christ at the same time. Don’t blame Him or ignore Him here. Scripture tells us over and over that He is with those who are broken hearted- lean into Him while you have your hard moments and this will keep your faith strong.
I encourage you to share, with discernment, your journey with others so that they may too be encouraged by your faith and your season of waiting. They will find comfort in your words and your journey and will be waiting right along with you. Their words of familiarity will bring deep comfort to your heart.
You don’t have to wait in anguish or frustration. You can give God the desires of your heart while you live joyfully and with purpose. There are things in this season that God wants to do inside of you and when your season of waiting ends- what happens inside of you will remain.
Learning to appreciate the patience that God teaches us through waiting is such a huge part of learning to trust Him. Thank you for sharing a piece of your story.
Heather Hart says
Congratulations, Heather! Thanks for sharing your story with us. God is faithful. I know He doesn’t always bless every woman with a child of her own, but I know His plan is always best. There is a woman in my church who was told she would never be able to have children and her baby shower is this weekend. She is over-the-moon excited and giving God all the glory.
Thank you! And how amazing about your friend who is expecting. God is amazing!
Mihaela Echols says
This is beautiful. We are waiting to adopt and I find myself going through the same emotions.
I totally understand how the adoption process puts your patiences to the test. Praying for you and your family!
Carrie Anderson says
While waiting can be hard, they are seasons of refinement for us. We learn important lessons about ourselves and Who our God is in the waiting. We learn we are meant to serve and that we are being perfected in patience for His glory.
Amy L. says
A word in due season. Thank you for being honest and relate-able. Waiting on Gods timing…. That’s my take away from this.
Lolita Buck says
Great post my sister in Christ. The season of waiting can be gut wrenching but all the same beautiful & breath taking. May God continue to bless & keep you!
Thank you for such kind words.