When I miscarried my first child at four months, it devastated me. Everything reminded me of the child I lost.
My husband Kenya and I had begun purchasing simple things for the baby’s room in anticipation of our new arrival. Nothing could have prepared me for hearing the doctor tell me there was no heartbeat.
The possibility that I wouldn’t deliver a healthy boy or girl hadn’t even entered into my mind. I was stunned and completely blindsided.
Have you ever found yourself in a negative predicament you never imagined you’d be in? If so, you have some idea of how tough it is to process and deal with what feels like a forceful blow to the gut.
Well, at the same time I was grieving the loss, one of my relatives, who had conceived around the same time I did, was enjoying a healthy pregnancy. Before miscarrying, she and I would laugh and talk about how close in age our children would be. We were both giddy.
When she found out about what happened to me, she was very sympathetic and caring. Yet, each time I saw her, which was almost daily, her protruding belly reminded me of what I no longer had.
“Is there anything I can do for you?” she asked kindly. Since reversing my circumstances wasn’t possible, there was nothing she could say or do to make me feel better.
It was hard.
At one point, I felt like I wasn’t strong enough to be in her presence. I just wanted to hide away in my house and try not to think about babies or motherhood at all.
When she rubbed her belly, talked about what she was craving and beamed over the life growing inside her, I had to fight really hard against discouragement. Though I put on a brave and happy face, inside, I was all torn up.
There was no escape from my pain.
Even when I was at home watching television, happy moms in commercials reduced me to tears. I didn’t realize how many pampers advertisements came on in the afternoon! It felt almost as if life was taunting me.
I can only imagine how much worse it was for Hannah, the barren wife of Elkanah, when her adversary Peninnah actually did taunt her for not being able to have children in 1 Samuel 1.
Poor Hannah wanted a baby so badly, as her mean-spirited nemesis, Elkanah’s other wife, was just popping out children left and right, and poking fun at Hannah all the while.
But laughter and unbelief from the enemy, though hurtful, did not stop or overturn the plan of God. At the appointed time, after Hannah cried out to God with her whole heart, the Lord opened her womb and blessed her with a son named Samuel, which means “Heard of God.”
Friend, you may or may not be battling infertility. But whatever area you feel unfruitful in, God has a message for you today: He is shifting things for you.
God is listening. Your cries have been heard. A God-ordained shift in your circumstances is coming.
Depending upon how long you’ve been waiting, or how impossible things seem, it may be tough to believe that.
But don’t think negatively.
Instead, know that God has heard you and He is going to prove Himself faithful, and more than able in your life.
Our Heavenly Father is still in the business of shifting circumstances and He’s absolutely going to do it for you. Hold onto your faith. You will give birth to every promise He has spoken.
Your tears, prayers and confessions of faith have not been in vain. No matter how much time has passed, it is still not too late for God to move.
Do you remember when God promised Abraham a child?
He was 75 years old at the time, but Isaac didn’t arrive until he was 100 years old, which means the “Father of Faith” and his wife Sarah had to wait 25 years.
Although manifestation doesn’t always come immediately, if God said it, it will happen eventually. God’s word never expires.
Numbers 23:19 NIV, which is what I’m stirring into your cup of inspiration, says, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”
As you drink down the contents of your cup of inspiration, shake off discouragement, doubt and disillusionment with the process of waiting, and begin holding fast to God’s word. He has promised to work things out.
Even if you’re dealing with unforeseen circumstances that have turned your world upside down, God foreknew. He is not surprised by the odds against you, nor is He too weak to overcome the strong force of opposition.
The Lord is all-knowing, all-powerful and never fails. He will honor His word. His plans for you will come into fruition.
Keep on trusting. Stay in expectation. Anticipate great things. Stop focusing on how long it’s been. Be confident that soon, your breakthrough will come.
As you rejoice over the shift that’s coming in your circumstances, please join me in praying for the following individuals who have requested to be included on our “Thoughtful Thursdays” prayer list.
Please pray for me. I am being pulled in so many different directions emotionally. I don't know which way to go. I am battling depression and the loss of my child two years ago. Also, please pray for my family. There is extreme division and nobody will honestly communicate. Also, I ask for a special prayer for my Mom. She is on an emotional roller coaster and somewhat depressive state of mind. My father hurt her over 30 years ago, and she doesn't seem to know her worth. Thank you.
I pray to God that He will open my womb and make my husband my partner in the ministry that God will give us in the future. Godbless you.
Hi and God bless you Dianna! Please keep my thought life in prayer. I desire to love God with all of my mind, but am finding it difficult as a young saved, single, and virgin.
My prayer request at the moment is that I be delivered from low self-esteem and intimidation from the judgemental, condemning, the bossy, the overbearing, the domineering, the critical and the negative, the arrogant, the selfish and self-centered, manipulating and controlling people in my family, relatives and friends in my life. My prayer is for God's wisdom, victory and right timing to defeat the Enemy, satan, from using them to hurt me or my life anymore or again; proper Godly assertiveness during confrontations and to always be successful in verbalizing and expressing correctly according to God's Will and Way.
Dear Dianna, Praises, glory and thanksgiving to God for all he has done for us. Thank you for your ministry and offer to join in on my prayers. I lost my job in February, and have been on interviews, and even selected, but I still don't have a firm offer. I am requesting prayer for assistance in patience in God's time, courage to wait, the ability to "rest" quietly, and finally to receive a final offer for appointment to the job I have been selected for. I am also trying to fight through depression and keep a good temperament during this time as well. While I wait, I am also pursuing a side career in the beauty industry. I would like to request prayer to proceed in wisdom with this gift, and a position that I have applied for in a store that would provide me great training to pursue this gift. Thank you for praying for me and I hope you will continue to be blessed.
Please lift me and my brother Willie up in prayer. My little brother has been battling with his diabetes & sugar levels. He is in renal failure and has dialysis 3x a week. He lost half of his right foot, is blind in one eye and at 35 hasn't been out of the nursing home in almost 3 years. And both of our parents are gone home. I am the oldest sibling. The day after Mothers Day my company told us that they were closing the remote office my last day of work is July 31. My car stalls out on me every day I leave work especially if it is hot out because the transmission is failing. I was just approved financing to get a vehicle but without a job, I got to get a new car before July ends so I can interview for new jobs. And the apartment complex where I have been living since 2010 told me in March that no one would be on a lease anymore. Welp, I called it. They left a letter on my door this past Friday that they are raising the rent by 100 dollars. Pray my strength please, and my brother's recovery. I have a daughter at home that depends on me. Thank you and God Bless.
Please pray for my two sons. The oldest is 22 and the youngest 18. I have been through so many obstacles with both of them as a single mom. I'm trying to let go and let God before I drive myself insane. I placed them both in God hands. I don't know what else to do. I'm not giving up. I am asking for a miracle. Please pray for us.
Hello and thank you for providing this prayer service. I need prayer as I feel like a lost soul who is completely overwhelmed with life.. I'm a new mom(son just turned one), a wife married for 4 years and in a job that is extremely stressful and time consuming. I feel like a hamster on a wheel all day, I've lost my sense of time management, don't have time for myself anymore, I've gained over 50 lbs and don't know where to begin to turn my life around. I have everything I've prayed for and I'm so thankful and happy to be a Mom, but I need guidance from God to make all my priorities fit in one day. I'm also asking for prayer that me and my husband find a church home in our area ASAP. Thank you and God bless.
I am at a critical point where I need a miracle. My substitute teaching job ends next week and despite my efforts in seeking employment since March I have been unable to secure a job. Needing God to move suddenly on my behalf.
God, I am going through some painful situations and I am fighting discouragement. Though it’s not easy, please help me to continue believing Your word, standing upon Your promises and resting in faith that You will turn things around. As an act of faith, even though I don’t yet see any changes, I’m thanking You in advance for the shift in my circumstances. I believe that manifestation will come! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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