Today marks the beginning of National Infertility Awareness Week. This upcoming week will be dedicated to spreading awareness about infertility, and offering resources and encouragement for couples facing barrenness and friends and family members of infertile couples.
Finding Purpose in the Waiting
One of the struggles with infertility is finding purpose in the waiting. As a woman battling infertility, I’m faced with the painful reality that my purpose looks quite different than that of my friends. At this stage in our lives, most of my friends are changing diapers, taking kids to soccer games, and helping with math and spelling homework. I am keenly aware that I am missing out on so much more than being pregnant and having a baby. There are whole life experiences that I have yet to enjoy. There are struggles and challenges that I have yet to fret over.
The Professor and I have had to redirect our thinking and embrace the truth that while our current season in life does not involve kissing boo-boos and stepping on legos, this season of waiting is still full of purpose.
Ideas for stepping up out of that pit.
Although we have not been blessed with children of our own, The Professor and I have learned that it is important to get up out of that pit of despair and depression, and pour our energy and resources into meaningful causes and purposes. Here are a few ideas that we’ve come up with for investing time and resources into the hearts and lives of children.
- Tutor kids after school
- Volunteer with a youth organization
- Mentor and/or disciple your friends’ children
- Babysit for your friends
- Sponsor a child to help end world hunger
Sponsor a child: Compassion Sunday
I think it’s simply incredible that today not only marks the start of National Infertility Awareness Week, but it is also Compassion Sunday – a once a year campaign by Compassion International to spread awareness about child poverty and how you can be a part of changing someone’s life.
From Compassion’s blog:
“Research shows that children who participated in Compassion’s holistic child development through the sponsorship program stayed in school longer, were more likely to have salaried or white-collar employment and were more likely to be leaders in their communities and churches than their peers who did not participate in our program.”
Benedicta is 7 years old and she lives with her father and her mother in Ghana, West Africa. At home, duties include helping in the kitchen and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. She is one of three children in her family.
As part of Compassion’s ministry, Benedicta participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Singing and playing group games are her favorite activities.
We chose to introduce you Benedicta because Ghana is very dear to our hearts. The Professor has spent three summers ministering in Ghana and throughout West Africa, and we have long felt a special burden for the people of Ghana.
What about you? If you’re facing the frustration of infertility, or maybe just struggling to find purpose, what have you done to overcome your situation and invest your time and resources into something greater than yourself? I’d love to see your thoughts and ideas.