Women Of Christian Faith

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lillybug - October 31

Good Morning all! As many of you know my father is a pastor. Well last night when I got home he asked me : "How bad do you want this baby you are trying to conceive?" At the moment I really couldn't answer him. He left me in shocked because that was the last thing I expected from him. When I asnwered "real bad" he simply took my hands and said I had to "Pray and Fast" Well I started today. I will continue until cd22 ( so that makes 21 days of fasting and prayer). I have alot of faith in my God. I prayed for month so that my husband could get a job and then just when we most needed it....He got a job yesterday! Its going to be hard, I'm not allowed to Temp!!!! I can check my temperature, take my clomid but I can not chart it and nor can I use OPK test! I have to do this as natural and stress free as possible... But I can't do this alone. I need some moral support!

 

runnershirl - October 31

Lillybug--God Bless--I'll pray for you also. I'm interested to know the advice yoru father offered. I have enormous faith in the Lord and would love to try the same techniques. Perhaps i have been trying to do too much on my own rather than turning to the Lord. Best wishes.

 

Tonigirl - October 31

Hi Lilybug...I'v also done a 21 day fast and amazing things happened in my life as a result. My brother, who had just had a drug overdose, came and gave his life back to the Lord and has been clean ever since and that was in 2005. God is so good. Okay, I have to tell you that I had an m/c in July of 07 and it broke my heart. I felt very upset with God at why this happened. But then I was introduced to a book called Supernatrual childbirth 7 months after the m/c and it opened my eyes to that fact that miscarriage isn't apart of His plan at all. This book taught me what the Bible says about God's plan for us as women and how it's His earnest desire for us to be "joyful mothers of children". The book taught me to speak the Word of God outloud to produce faith in me because faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Then I learned to speak the Word fo God over my body as well. Well, let me tell you I became pregnant THAT MONTH! I didn't temp, or use OPK's and I didn't test until I was nearly a week late...and I got my BFP. I shared this book with another person on this webiste who also had an m/c. She was having 90 day cycles and once she read the book and learned that her body is the Holy temple of God and should function normally she began preaying and that first month her cycle was cut in half and then 5 months later she was pregnant. It was simple...we just learned that God has a better plan...He wants us to be mothers...joyful mothers at that. So, if you're interested the book is called Supernatural Childbrith by Jackie Mize and it really ministered to me. I'm about to have my baby any day now. It's worth a read at least. Check it out and see what you think. Many blessings to you as you continue on your fast.

 

runnershirl - October 31

I apologize for my ignorance ladies, but being a christina in heart, I've worshiped quietly and alone the last 20 years and it wasn't until the last couple years that I found a church where I felt the presence of the holy spirit. Point is, I know very little about fasting corrrectly. Do you refrain from eating all day and only after a certain time? Or do you fast from something else, or which do you try? Thanks for the book info, that's very very useful. I will definately check it out. The Lord is so powerful and I know I will pregnant eventually, but want to make sure I'm not stalling hte process by fearing/worrying/etc so I'll check out the book.

 

lillybug - October 31

Hey Runnershirl~~~~ Don't apologize for anything sweetie...as christians we all help each other, at least that was what I was taught. FASTING~~~ is when you refrain from something that you do ALOT, and its an offering to the Lord. Usually people fast from food. Some people fast from TV ...I fast from food for 21 days ( but I only fast until lunch time. Usually I get up at 5am and pray for an hour and then get ready for work. I hope I helped you a little I"M so HAPPY to have you both right now. I can't do this alone and none-christian will never understand the power of prayer and faith in GOD. TONIGIRL~~~ All I can say is WOW!!!!!! You truly touched my sould with what you wrote! My uncle was in critical condition back in January 2008. My whole family got together and did the 21 prayer and fast thing and on the day he was supposed to "die" (according to medical personel) he came out of his coma and lived to tell the story. He came to NJ and gave his life back to the Lord. Also, when I was 11 I met this guy. I prayed and fasted here and there for 6 years until he became my boyfriend and now I'm married to him. I believe that anything with GOD is possible. and I'm so glad I have you two to share this with

 

lillybug - October 31

TONIGIRL~~~ You have left me in total shock! Everything u said about what you learned is everything my father has tried to teach me. I'm in tears as I type and I just knew there was a reason for me posting this thread I hope you have a blessed and happy delivery! Please keep in touch.

 

Tonigirl - October 31

Hi lilybug...and everyone else...the book is called Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize, like I already stated and you can get it at Borders, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. Also, there is a book that goes with it called...(I think the t_tle is right you may have to look it up cuz I don't have it right in front of me)...Prayers and Confessions of Supernatural Childbirth. This is a book of scripture and guidlines for prayer on becoming pregnant and carrying a pregnancy to full term. I will tell you that the book deals with fears, worry and anxiety as well and teaches you what the Word says and how to overcome those things with the Word. In my early pregnancy I started bleeding three times but because of how the book taught me to use the Word of God to pray I never let fear become an issue and each time I prayed and the bleeding stopped and now I'm very soon to give birth to a healthy little girl. These two books really just point you to the Bible and teach you how to combat fear with the Word of God and how to pray that your body will do what God designed it to do...go forth and multiply. Lilybug, that was an awesome story about your husband. I will tell you that I am originally from AZ and had been praying since I was 17 for the man that God had for me to marry. Then in Dec of 2004 I felt true direction and leading from God that I would leave AZ 18 months from then, I didn't know where to go. I put in my letter of resignation at the school I was teaching and told them I was leaving AZ in 18 months and they thought I was crazy especially because I didn't know where I was going. Well, at the end of the 18 months I packed up my rental house, ended my lease and put my stuff in storage and waited for God to direct me. Well it wasn't long...a matter of days and a mentor of mine invited me to come to Minnesota for the summer of 2006, so I did. While I was there, literally days after I arrived, I met her nephew and it was then I knew that God had brought me to Minnesota to meet the man of my dreams...as corny as that might sound. We were married 2 MONTHS LATER! :-) We've been married for more than 2 years now and I've never been happier. God is so faithful and He does direct us if we'll but open our heart and listen to his guiding. And Lilybug if you'd like to talk more about the book but on a more personal level, my email is TWewers(at)gmail.com. and my name is Toni...no shocker there!LOL! Many many blessings!

 

runnershirl - November 4

Wow Ladies, your stories are awesome and touching. It's nice to be among other christians. And, I'm impressed with your dedication to the Lord to follow his word and await his rewards. This all hits home in many different levels, but briefly I'll just explain that my husband of 2 years hurt his back 6 weeks before our wedding in 06. Since that time, he's undergone 2 surgeries and our relationship had taken a 360 as I attempted to be the caregiver and provider while he was recovering. Many people on the outside applauded my strength, endurance and loyalty to my husband and the Lord. (Worshiping the Lord gave me the strength, but I won't pretend it was easy.) During htat same time, I learned that I had a brain/pituitary tumor, I was working full time, going to school full time, and my faith in the Lord has been the source of my inner peace. Instead of focusing on hte negatives, I try to focus on my faith in the Lord and his plan. I get caught up sometimes in trying to line things up to work out (and we all know, that things don't happen according to our plans), which leads me to anxiety, fear, worries, etc. None of those qualities are welcomed in my christianity, but are just old cards that I haven't learned to drop yet. Anyway, we put our baby making on hold for recovery--until a couple months ago...without thinking about it, worrying or trying to plan, everything just fell into place on the same weekend of ovulation. Now, I'm 9 days late on my cycle, and waiting for BFP. Of course, I realize other factors could be causing BFN, but I just keep hoping and praying. I will definately check out both books. Thanks for the support ladies. Keep me posted.

 

mellybee - November 4

wow ladies i am amazed by all of your faith. my husband & i have been ttc for almost 10 years. we both believe that God will give us children & so we dont use anything to prevent it or help us. (all in God's perfect timing) i must admit though that it is a real struggle for me because i want children SO badly. any particular scriptures that have helped? or prayers for strength & faith-building?

 

mellybee - November 5

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Tonigirl - November 5

Hi and welcome RUNNER and MELLY...it's great to hear how you're trusting in the Lord for your needs to be met, but it isn't always easy is it? But the Lord is good and we know that His loves endures forever. I will tell you that some scripture that has helped me is Mark 11:23-24, which tells " For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pa__s; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Verse 25 goes on to say that when you stand praying make sure you have forgiven those whom you have anything against so that your prayers may be effectvie...that is a very important part of the scripture being viable in our lives. Another is John 15:16 which says, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." Also the curses listed in Dueteronomy 28 tell us that if we cannot follow EVERY SINGLE line and letter of the law then we have opened ouselves up to the varies curses listed there...and bareness is one of those curses, but we have hope in Jesus Christ because Gal 3:13-14 tells us that..."Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." So, this means through faith in Jesus we are no longer bound by the curse of the law but Grace has been extended to us and the curse broken off of us so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Also we know that an abundant life does include children because one of God's first commands to Adam and Eve as to "be fruitful and multiply" . I hope some of those scriptures help with building your faith. They greatly built my faith so that I was able to believe that God's plan for my life was to be a mother and very soon that plan is about to be fulfilled.

 

cblack - November 5

God is good. I have a story of my own, nothing about pregnancy so far... but still he works his own miracles, and definitely has a PLAN. Start about a year ago... I was driving to work one day when the driver side window of my car completley fell of the track and when we found out it would be $500 to get it fixed we just decided to wait... then about a month ago (meanwhile the driver side window has not been fixed) our back pa__senger window also fell of the track, another $500 to get fixed. Mind you we didnt have a great vehicle to begin with so we didnt want to sink money into getting these two windows fixed. We had them both held into place with duct tape. So the other day we were driving and the car starting making some funny noises, and it nearly died on us. I told my husband that even though we are trying to pay off our small amount of debt, I think we need a new car. About two days after that my husband got rear-ended, not his fault. We started looking at vehicles immediately because we didnt want the car anymore, since it seems to have so many issues. We found the perfect vehicle, that will be perfect for a growing family, and is much newer so it should last us a good long time. We found out from the insurance agency they were giving us about $2000 more for our (totaled) car than we were expecting, and the car we found in IL is going to be driven here in time for us to go out of town on Friday. Today we found out the the retail on the car we have purchased is about $5000 more than what we are paying. On another note, I have an in-home daycare, and my husband was thinking this morning that since we are getting this new car, even at the discounted price, I should try and get one more child to watch. We could afford the payments, but we would have to set aside our "get out of debt" plan. This morning, before my husband could even discuss the prospect of me taking on one more child, I got a phone call from a friend of one of my sunday school cla__s friends. She was going to have an in-home daycare of her own, but has decided against it. She asked if she could give my number to a woman that was going to be bringing her child to this womans daycare, and the lady called me immediately, came to my house to visit, and has decided to use my services. I am so thankful of God's plan even though we sometimes dont understand it at the time. I cant imagine a life without my lord, and what he provides me. We are now going to have a newer and more dependable car for our family, and more money in the bank to be able to get us in a better financial position. I have also let go all of my tracking, and temping and so forth with trying this cycle. I only know what cycle day I am on because of my old temping chart with the dates on it. My husband and I really want a second child close to our first, but it will all happen in God's time. I am so blessed. :) Sorry for the extremely long post, I just had to share about the changes in my life that God has so masterfully put in place. :) Good luck to all of you trying. Just put your trust in the lord and he will provide. Sometimes it isnt the plan we would have made for ourselves, but it is HIS plan, and that is what matter. God bless.

 

lillybug - November 6

OMG!!!! I can't believe I have missed so much!!! I also can't believe its been 6 days since I last logged on here! lol I ordered the book on ebook (dot) com and I'm done reading it already. There is a prayer in it for women and men trying to conceive and I say that prayer everynight with my husband. Tonigirl~~~ Thank you for your email. I will put it on my email account at home (since I'm at work right now) Thank you so much for everything! You are a HUGE blessing! The book had me in tears because as I read all I could think was "WOW, God is awesome!"

 

faith11:1 - November 11

I just was searching for other faith walkers and I found this story on here. I just want to share mine with you. Last year i was pregnant and a week after mothers day i miscarried. Since then, I was receiving words from the Lord regarding the next time i would conceive. Well, in Sept, I missed my period and took a pregnancy test and boom! There it was. We found out that we were pregnant and it was great. Then just this past week, I went to St Louis to take care of someones twins. One was in the hospital and one was healthy. I didnt know this woman, someone from my church did, but the Lord told me that i would be sowing a seed for my children. I was there for one day and I started bleeding out of nowhere. It was light at first and then became heavy. I flew back home where i was surrounded with prayer and scripture. Then my midwife requested i go to the ER to have an ultrasound to check on the baby. I went there today and they did everything but that including trying to manipulate me into getting a D&C, which i told them was against my convictions because I know that the Lord is going to bring my child. Then they tested my urine and my HCG was .8. The doctor said that i either never conceived * which is impossible or else i would have no HCG* or else i had a missed miscarriage and there was no reason to do an ultrasound. WELL I am here to tell you that there is .8 of HCG in my body and the Lord is good and never goes back on his word! I want you to know that regardless of what the world sees, we do not walk in the world, we walk in the Lord, and if he can raise the dead, he can bring forth my little one! Never loose your faith! "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" Hebrews 11:1 Im so sick of seeing the enemy trying to take what is not his to take! Stand firm, The Lord is good. We have to believe and know that he is the same yesterday, today and forever! As long as i see HCG, i dont care how much it is, I see my son!

 

Shawns_Mommy - November 17

Hi everyone!! I wanted to share my story with you all...well Sept. 4, 2007 was my last period. I waited for my period to come Oct. 2nd, and nothing. I took a home pregnancy test and it came back negative. 10 days after my missed period I took a blood test. It came out negative, so I was convinced I was not pregnant. I waited until Nov. 6th and took another home pregnancy test, and that one came back positive...after 2 whole missed periods!!! I had my beautiful baby boy Shawn June 12th 2008, but he had a condition in his right lung, and sad to say my beautiful boy went to heaven at 38 days old. I love my boy, but the hope I have is that I will see him again one day, when Jesus takes me home. My husband and I are trying to have more kids, and I am praying God will bless me with more kids soon! My last period was Sept. 16th of this year, and I didn't get a period at all for Oct.I have taken 4 pregnancy tests, and all of them were negative. I decided to wait until my second missed period, which happened to be this past Friday. I am very nervous, but I am trying to use this time to pray. My husband and I decided that I would take another test next Wed. God Bless you all!!!

 

runnershirl - November 18

When reading the posts, two christian experiences have come to mind that I want to share. First, there was a time a few years ago when I felt doubtful. I generally prayed on my drive to work in the mornings and that particular day, I asked the Lord, "are you out there?" I was feeling alone and as though I hadn't heard him and asked for some sort of sign that he heard me. I approached a large intersection and while sitting at the red light, I noticed several fire trucks, ambulances and police cars speeding through with their lights on. I couldn't help but chuckle and thank the Lord, for that was "quite some sign." I continued my journey the remaining mile to work and at the next and last intersection before my turn I came up behind a car that was displaying a large yellow, smiley-faced bumper sticker that said, "Smile, Jesus Loves You." It was at that point, that I was reminded that yes, he hears us, is there and loves us all. The second more recent story is that my husband and I have been trying on and off to conceive for the last 2 years, but have each struggled with medical issues. I'm 38 now and was feeling confused on whether to resolve my medical issues or to proceed with conception, and if I didn't proceed, that my chances of being a mommy would fade. This dilemma has weighed me down and saddened me. On Fourth of July, my husband and I were at a friend's bbq. One friend's mother was also there and happens to be Christian, although, christianity is something that I don't often speak of with those friends, as it appears to be a personal decision for each individual. As I got up to go to the restroom, my friend's 50-something year old mother informed me that she was coming to the restroom with me. Really, I wondered. Why? She pulled me in the restroom and without hearing my story, she blurted out, "God told me to tell you not to worry. You WILL be a mommy." She then put her hand on my belly and proceeded to pray with me. The point she was making (much like the scripture referenced above) is that we need to have FAITH. I forget this often and get caught up in this circle of fear, but yes, it is His plan and will happen on His time, if it's His will. And for some people, His will may be more for us to help others in other ways. Also to Shawn's Mommy~ that must have been a tough experience for you to go thru--I can't even imagine...but, having faith in the Lord andd knowing you will have your reunion one day helps. It's also encouraging to know that you missed 2 whole cycles before conceiving, yet you were still pregnant. My status is that I was 10 days late and started my cycle, but it was light for 2 days. I learned of a cyst on my ovary which is likely preventing my pregnan\cy and dr. wants to put me on birth control pills to minimize cyst. By doing this, we are pushing things back another 2-3 months at least, but I somehow feel a sense of peace about it...I have time to lose those extra 20 lbs and get my spirit back to where it needs to be religiously. (Unless, of course, if my cycle is strange again this month--but I doubt it at this point.) I apologize this is so long, but hope this gives my "sisters" the boost we all need sometimes. God Bless.

 

lillybug - November 18

Sometimes we do thing without thinking of the outcome..... Starting this thread was like that for me....Before I pressed the submit b___ton I told myself: "You'll never find anyone to support you, no one is going to respond, no one cares..." but everyday I log on and see a new post, a new story of hoope and faith and courage!!! The day after I got my positive opk.... {yes you heard right...for the first time in 12 months i got a positive opk....} my father called my upstairs and said to me: "it's a girl" I responded by playing dumb and asking him what is a girl? He told me that my prayers were working and that what I was asking for I will receive. He told me he keeps seeing a little girl running around the house. *tears* Right now, I'm torn and broken hearted! I know that I should believe in God and trust him but right now it feels like its the last thing I can do. My husband has been unemployed for 11 months now without getting a job. His unemployment checks have ended a month ago, and we are not making ends meet on my checks alone. I live with my parents currently and I can't even pay them rent because I don't have the money to pay for other bills, I just got a call from my dad that he really needs something for the rent and I just started to cry because there is nothing I can do..... I already work a full-time job, and I go to college full-time as well.....I know everything is for a reason but God is trully testing me today. I feel like he isn't hear my prayers for my husband to get a job, and as much as I want a child I don't think I can take it right now.....

 

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