About Me

After six years of marriage and having difficulty conceiving, I was diagnosed with Stage IV endometriosis in 2000.  Six years later, my husband and I conceived a son in 2006 through our third and final IVF-ICSI attempt.  Our son is a miracle, the result of answered prayers, and a gift from God.  I am a mommy.

I am grateful for my journey through infertility.  The Lord taught me many lessons and brought people into my life to strengthen me,  and my desire is to encourage other women who are going through this same journey.

Joy

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sindy
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 14:07:24

    Joy- this is beautiful! I love it and think it’s a wonderful idea! I love you and am privileged to call you my friend! I will keep this in mind for those i may come in contact with.

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  2. joyinmyjourney
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 17:08:49

    Thank you for the encouragement, Sindy. The privilege is mine.

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  3. Lisa Hardy
    Feb 24, 2010 @ 14:03:26

    Dear Joy, This blog is such a JOY to me. I’m so excited about you being able to help others discover their joy in times of struggle. These words can apply to all discouragement, not just those experiencing infertility. Thank you for doing this. I have someone in mind that I will refer to this page. I love you, Lisa

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  4. Dawn Morris
    Mar 07, 2010 @ 07:11:33

    Hi, I found your blog while searching for some quotes! I also went through infertility. God taught me a lot of things through it as well! (my blog link is above!)

    I am sure that the Lord will use your experience to encourage others!

    Blessings!
    Dawn

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  5. joyinmyjourney
    Mar 08, 2010 @ 19:32:48

    Dawn, Thank you. I saw on your blog that God has blessed you with five children! How exciting! “For thou art great and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.” Psalm 86:10

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  6. Dawn
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 19:11:29

    Yes, we adopted our oldest daughter in 1990, our son in 1992 and then had three birth children. God has been very gracious to us.

    I would not trade the years of infertility we went through, for it is through the trials of life that we grow the most as believers (Ps.119:71)

    I do believe that He teaches many things to us in trials, but my most precious memory is remembering one month, after three years of infertility, praying and importuning God, I found out that yet another cycle ended without a pregnancy. For the very first time, I sank to my knees and thanked God that I was not pregnant, that I was confident of His love for me and the GOODNESS of His will in my life. For the first time I was truly able to rejoice in His no, with confidence His will is best. Eight weeks later we brought our first daughter home from the hospital!

    Thank you for ministering to women who are going through this trial! They need the encouragement!

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  7. Andrena Higgins
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 11:57:54

    Joy,
    Thank you for opening up your heart and sharing your story. You are an amazing Godly woman and I am great-full for all of the encouraging words you have given me in the past. May the Lord continue to bless you!
    Andrena

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    • joyinmyjourney
      Apr 29, 2011 @ 16:38:50

      Andrena, It brings a smile to my face to hear from you and think of the times we enjoyed together. I am so glad the Lord has blessed you (and your husband) with two beautiful children.

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  8. Kelly
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 08:37:06

    I consider this a HUGE blessing to have stumbled upon your website…I am not sure I stumbled or if it was God’s plan! I am currently struggling with infertility and have questioned why me? I have found myself doubting God which I never thought could happen. Thanks for sharing your story which is encouraging to me!

    Kelly

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    • joyinmyjourney
      Aug 08, 2011 @ 15:12:45

      Thank you, Kelly. You are the reason I share my story. I prayed for you today. May God give you the desires of your heart. Stay encouraged, stay in His Word, and praise Him. Joy

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  9. Liz
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 07:57:05

    Joy,
    Thank you for writing this blog. After 7 years of infertility and a diagnosis of PCOS, we just attempted our first IUI last week. It is so hard to even think about getting your hopes up. I have never had a pregnancy test that resulted in the big +! However, through my faith in God I am learning to trust and obey. I ran across your blog in a google search for “devotions for IUI.” Thank you Jesus for the reminder that I am not alone and you never give up on me! Thanks for writing this blog in obedience to the Lord. It is truly touching women like me in need of someone who understands. Many blessings to you, Liz

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    • joyinmyjourney
      Jan 27, 2014 @ 12:36:47

      Liz, Thank you for taking the time to write on my blog and share a little of your journey through infertility. I prayed for you today. I pray the Lord will open your womb through this first IUI and sustain your pregnancy. Ephesians 3:20-21. God bless you. Joy

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  10. Chavos
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 10:49:19

    Wow, this is encouraging to read. It gives me hope. I was diagnosed with Stage IV Endo, too and my husband and I are waiting, praying and hoping to be parents one day. It’s been a long 10 years. Thank you for sharing your story!

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    • joyinmyjourney
      Aug 25, 2014 @ 21:58:23

      Thank you for taking the time to write. I do hope you are encouraged and do not give up hope. No matter what you made read about Stage IV endo or what the doctors may say, don’t despair. God is still in control. I pray for you and your husband that the Lord will give you the desires of your heart. Ephesians 3:20-21 and Psalm 113:9

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