Guest Post: Amateur Nester

I am so thankful that Lisa said ‘yes’ when I asked her to write a guest post for me while we are out of the country. If you don’t follow her blog, you should. She is a wealth of information and always has great resources to share with her readers! The exciting news about her journey is after years of infertility, she recently found out she is pregnant! Make sure to check out her recent e-book she wrote as another encouraging and great resource during infertility! Thanks Lisa for sharing today!

Infertility is one of the scariest things I’ve faced in my life.

The drugs and their side effects scare me. Other people’s pity scares me. Spending so much money (with no guarantee of a pregnancy) scares me.

The Bible tells us not to fear, but I admit I struggle with it every day. Sometimes the guilt over feeling fear is even worse than the fear itself. I feel like I don’t deserve God’s grace because I can’t obey his command to not fear.

But the other day I read Zephaniah 3:16-17 and I noticed something I’d never noticed before:

On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be, “Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid! For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. “He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (NLT)

Do you see that? God acknowledges Jerusalem’s fear. He knows they’re afraid despite the fact that he lives among them. Yet he delights in them.

Fears of Infertility

The verse doesn’t say he will delight in them once they get control of their fears. His delight comes despite their fears.

Praise God that He is not offended or put off by my fear. He doesn’t want me to be afraid, but my fear won’t push him away. He delights in me whether I am fearful or not.

If you struggle with fear, don’t give in feelings of guilt or unworthiness. Nothing can separate us from God’s love. Not infertility, not unmerited guilt, and definitely not fear.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Rom 8:28 (NLT)

Do you struggle with fear or guilt after fear? How does it feel knowing that God still delights in you? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Lisa Newton blogs about her infertility journey at Amateur Nester. She lives on the Central California Coast with her husband, Tom, and their spoiled cat, Hemingway. She’s the author of 31 Days of Prayer During Infertility. You can download her free infertility prayer calendar here.
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  • Jojo
    Posted at 07:40h, 11 May Reply

    I love this message. Were all human so fear comes naturally. As long as were still looking to him for comfort and support we will get through our fears.

  • Ally | A Home Called Shalom
    Posted at 09:26h, 12 May Reply

    I think a big part of that fear for me is the knowledge that I really have no control- none at all. And yes- the fear of pity- I’ve been feeling that, but haven’t really identified the feeling!

    Praying for courage- for each and every one of us!

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 10:54h, 12 May Reply

    What a wonderful, glorious thought! I have never thought of it this way! I was so excited to see you were sharing your thoughts here, Lisa! I am praying for you often and believing God to see you through every moment of fear and anxiety. I am so thankful He doesn’t cast us off when we don’t have the strength to believe. There are just some days that are more turbulence-filled than others, but even on those days, He is there. 🙂 I cannot begin to say how excited I was to hear that you are pregnant, and I know that what God has started, He will bring to fruition, and I cannot wait to see pictures of that sweet baby now growing in your womb! Thanking God SO much, along with you, Lisa! And, thank you to Caroline for sharing your testimony here. 🙂 Much love to both of you.

  • Laura @ Making Baby Provence
    Posted at 16:13h, 28 May Reply

    Oh, holy moly! You put two of my favorite people together, and what happens?! They post a blog entry that speaks straight into my feelings. I am so glad Lisa wrote this. I am so glad Caroline posted this. And even more, I am so glad that I’m behind on blog reading and read this TODAY. I needed it today. You both know that I have a lot of fear right now. I needed to read this. Thank you. I love you both! *Hugs*

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