I’m teaming up again with Lisa-Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday. the word prompt this week is jump.

A large part of my ministry comes from my history of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infertility. It was a heartache that didn’t resolve for 15 years, and because of the losses I suffered along the way, the scars are ever present. Through Jesus my wounds are healed but my memories

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of that time, as difficult as they are, stay vivid. It aids to help others who are facing the battles right now. Precious women that need encouragement to jump…

At the beginning of my journey there were many hurdles in the way. At first, it wasn’t so hard to jump them. Youth was on my side, and I was full of hope. As time went on, I was stumbling as I reached the hurdles, barely able to make the jump, sometimes falling over them.

For a very long time my husband and I were both silent about our journey. It was embarrassing to share what my body should have been able to do but couldn’t.  Shooting myself up with hormones to try to force ovulation seemed like hardly the thing to share about over dinner with friends. I was afraid of the uncomfortable conversations and sad eyes from others. I didn’t want sympathy.

But then I thought maybe when we face hurdles in life, because we all do, we aren’t supposed to jump alone. Maybe we need others there to take our arms and help us make the jump. Maybe other people can even pray those hurdles gone. And maybe, just maybe, with this type of prayer support, hope abides. I found that it does.

Next week is National Infertility Awareness Week. You may not know someone who is struggling, but maybe you do and the person is being silent. Can you please bind together in prayer and pray for couples all over this world, known or unknown, who need you? I guarantee they need help making the jump…

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