As an optimist, I always look forward to a new year. Some of my goals and resolutions may be the same year in and year out, but I welcome the fresh start. A new year is a reminder I can try again. I don’t have to give up on what I left undone or didn’t quite reach the year before.
This new year, 2014, don’t give up on your miracle baby or babies.
My son is now 7 and yesterday, I came across some notes I had written the day we announced in church that I was pregnant. I wish I had had a video cam that day, but I kept track of as many well wishes and congratulatory remarks as I could remember, and it is a precious memory that brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face.
Year after year before that January 8, 2006 announcement, I faced times of discouragement, heartache, and confusion. I wondered how I would ever become a mommy. I always experienced regular cycles. To put it plainly, once married, I had approximately 150 monthly periods in a row before I became pregnant. After each setback or disappointment, my husband would say, “I still think you will get pregnant.” Those words of faith encouraged me to keep pursuing my miracle baby. Psalm 113:9 and many other Scriptures encouraged me to continue believing.
Although it’s not as simple as putting “have a baby in 2014” at the top of your list of resolutions, I encourage you not to give up on your miracle of having a baby. Don’t give up on faith. In fact, resolve to have audacious faith – faith that is confident and bold.
I don’t know what the Lord will do in your life, with your experience of infertility or loss, but I know what He did in my life, and I have seen time after time with friends and acquaintances how He has performed miracles with details unique to each couple that no one could have imagined. Don’t give up faith. We just don’t know how or when God will answer.
“…Faith honors God, and God honors it. Oh for this faith that will go on, leaving God to fulfill His promise when He sees fit!”
—Thomas Champness (Streams, March 28th)
“Where we are dealing with a supernatural Being, and taking from Him things that are humanly impossible, it is easier to take much than little, it is easier to stand in a place of audacious trust than in a place of cautious, timid clinging to the shore. Like wise seamen in the life of faith, let us launch out into the deep, and find that all things are possible with God, and all things are possible unto him that believeth.”
—From Days of Heaven Upon Earth (Streams, March 28th)
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
“Impossible situations can become possible miracles.”
—Robert H. Schuller
“Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles.”
—Edwin Louis Cole
“Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.”