Support in the Waiting

The more and more I am in community with others the more and more I realize how necessary it is. Yesterday I was exhausted. I really didn’t want to get out of bed when my alarm went off, but I slipped on my clothes, packed my bags and just before 6 I made it out the door. I was meeting a friend at 6:15 for a running date, which doesn’t happen often since I usually work out on my own, but knowing this encouraged me even more to get out of bed and get to the gym on time (I hate being late). Had I been on my own, I probably would have walked, but since I was with my friend, we managed to run for just under 4 miles. Afterwards I realized that our run set up such a prophetic picture of support and accountability.

My legs were exhausted from my workouts throughout the week. The heat, humidity and my overall weariness made it that much harder. Even though I didn’t necessarily complain or let her know how hard it was for me to keep moving, without saying a word and not even realizing it, she was cheering me on. Each step she took forward encouraged me to take a step too. As she moved forward she motivated me to push through the pain. It was her support and encouragement that helped me get through that workout.

In so many ways I am tired. Not just my physical body, but I am tired of this journey. I am tired of waiting, which is why having supportive people around me is so important. Not only is it important, but for me, it’s imperative. It’s the random text or phone call that remind me to keep going. It’s those who approach me at church and ask to pray for me that remind me that others care. It’s the friends who send me a scripture or sermon that let me know I am being thought about. It’s the random bouquet of flowers or card in the mail that let me know I am loved. It’s those who pray for us each and every day that remind us that our journey matters. We have so many supporting us who are just as expectant and hopeful as we are, which is what has gotten us through.

I can’t even begin to imagine what this journey would be like without all the love. If you don’t have a good support system, I encourage you to look for it. I am not talking about a support group, even though there is nothing wrong with that, but true friends who are in community with you and you can do life with. I am well aware that I am very blessed to have so much amazing support, but you can too. Pray about it. Ask the Lord for deeper friendships and better accountability. When you are tired, like me, ask those around you to lift you up. And just like my friend did while running, if they really know you, you won’t even have to ask or tell how tired you are, they will just show up and encourage you to keep on running. Remember that you aren’t supposed to be on this journey alone, so seek followers of Christ who can help you along the way!

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  • Marla
    Posted at 07:51h, 29 July Reply

    What an encouraging word. I too am a runner and understand how much I need encouragement from those who really care. It is difficult to keep moving forward during those moments I feel tired and am about to talk myself out of what I know God has asked me to do. We are here to serve others and be a blessing. God is so good to have given us His great love! We need each other and in those low moments of life it’s easy to stay away from others. Thank you for reminding us to look for those people God has brought into our lives.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 10:52h, 29 July Reply

    I am continuing to pray for you and Colby! I’m glad you feel such love and such a strong support system around you.

  • Jaclyn
    Posted at 11:18h, 29 July Reply

    I was JUST on a walk and said out loud: “God! Seriously, it’s been 5 years! I want to be done with this!!” So many times this week I was going to text you and say how tired I was but refrained and moved on to the tasks mounting around me. Some days I beat myself up for it, because I know I haven’t talked to God enough about it, prayed, worshiped, got in the Word, etc.m but I just have to be honest today: I’M TIRED OF WAITING!!!

  • Stacey Patrick
    Posted at 11:44h, 29 July Reply

    My struggle is different from yours, but this post just made me want a community like this. What a blessing it must be to have a community like this in the waiting.

  • Melissa
    Posted at 11:46h, 29 July Reply

    So true. Good word! Love you & praying for you, friend!

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 13:53h, 29 July Reply

    What a great reminder. No matter what the struggle in life getting through it with a strong support system makes all the difference. Prayers to you during this time.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 14:31h, 29 July Reply

    Dear Caroline! One of the main reasons you have such an amazing support system is that YOU, my friend, are so very supportive of others. I love that you send a personal response to each commenter on your blog, that you ask how I am doing when you write back, that you offer to pray for me, that you are the supporter that you want others to be to you. “A man that hath friends, must show himself friendly.” You are a great friend to so many others, and God returns that goodness to you as a reward for your labors. May He bless you and give you renewed strength today. I know you are tired…you are heartsick from hope deferred. I wish with all my heart that your miracle would come soon. It is hard to understand why you must continue to wait, but don’t give up hope, my friend. God is doing something very amazing and wonderful in and through you, as you wait. I am continuing to pray for you, and I know you are in the prayers of so many others. God is listening…He will make all things beautiful in His time. Keep encouraged, and know that you are so very loved and appreciated.

  • Sue Allen
    Posted at 17:41h, 29 July Reply

    Thankful for Christian community too!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 18:07h, 29 July Reply

    if we stay close to those who we know are gonna be there for us….

  • Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard
    Posted at 19:24h, 29 July Reply

    I am so glad you have people holding you up and accountable at the same time. You’re right that we need a balance of both. True, no matter what we’re waiting for.

  • Laura
    Posted at 19:42h, 29 July Reply

    This is an awesome word, Caroline! We do need each other. I hope you know what an encouragement you are to us. 🙂 You are loved!

  • Tara
    Posted at 22:49h, 29 July Reply

    I don’t know why we always try to do life alone. God created us for deep community. Glad you have so many great people surrounding you.

  • Kristi
    Posted at 00:30h, 30 July Reply

    Our family has had the toughest year and I am so thankful for the band of sisters that have gathered around me and held me up in prayer and encouraged me when I couldn’t anymore. Friends are a definite blessing from God!

  • megan Swanek
    Posted at 22:09h, 30 July Reply

    Hi Caroline – I came across your blog because I was one of the 42 “Inspiring Infertility Bloggers” that Lisa selected. And now I see we also have running in common. The worst for me was not being able to run during the 2WW. Do you think you will consider IVF? I really admire your faith in God.
    Sincerely, your new reader!

    Posted at 06:49h, 01 August Reply

    That’s one of the best things about blogging, is that extra support system for when you need it!

  • Amie
    Posted at 11:21h, 01 August Reply

    You and Colby are in my prayers often and I can’t wait until the day you announce that your miracle is on the way!! I am so glad you have such a wonderful support system around you.

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 00:16h, 02 August Reply

    We all need a support system. We are all here for you Caroline as you continue on the path toward motherhood!

  • Lo | All That Motivates
    Posted at 13:45h, 02 August Reply

    “Each step forward encouraged me to take another step or two.” I know that feeling in so many areas of my life. And yes! The support of others is so encouraging. We were meant to love and care for one another.

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