A New Song

newsongWe’ve got a bit of news.

If you follow the blog, you’ll maybe know that Glen and I have been trying for a baby for many years. We’ve been through several modified cycles of IVF (see posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). It’s been a hard time, but we’ve known the Lord and you (our friends and loved ones) carrying us through, with support and prayers.  Thank you.

Earlier this year, we went for the last go. And we are thrilled to say, I’m pregnant.

It’s an incredible gift: and still feels very fragile. We’re not taking anything for granted – and there have been wobbles along the way (and will be to come). But most of all, we want to thank God for His kindness; and to thank you too, for all your love and support.  We have been humbled and blessed by your comments, stories and concern.

If you’re struggling with childlessness, then we know some of your feelings as you read this. Having heard baby announcements from scores and scores of friends we have known that strange mixture of joy and grief all too well.  This kind of news gives a concentrated dose of Romans 12:15 – we rejoice and we weep all at once.

If this news triggers painful feelings for you, I don’t have any glib reassurances. My story is simply my story: I should be dead from an eating disorder – twice over – instead, today, I’m pregnant. If I wasn’t, God would still be good – His redemption would look different, that’s all. My story will not be not yours, but it is a testimony to the kind of God we both follow. I can’t promise you a particular ending but I can assure you about our God: He joins us in the pit and He also lifts us out. That lifting will look different for each of us, and “a baby” is not the “happily ever after” to set our hope on. But it’s a token of what He does with all our stories, no matter the details:

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
 He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
– Psalm 40:2-3

 

32 thoughts on “A New Song

  1. Great news! Big congrats! Now the debate starts, if the baby turns out to be good at cricket who do they play for……….!!!!!

    Brill news praise The Lord!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your news, this part of the Song! Much joy and continuing prayers for the three of you!

  3. I’ve never met you, but I have been reading the blog for a while and I can honestly say this post made me smile the biggest smile, congratulations to you both, I’ll be praying for the three of you x

  4. Oh wow! You don’t know me, but reading this blog has made me feel like I know you and I know I’m not alone in saying that I’m so so happy for you both! Praise the Lord, he is unfailingly good! Much love in Him xxx

  5. Brilliant news!! I have my friends 7week scan from her ivf on my bathroom mirror. Her daughter was born two weeks ago :) The scan picture helps me remember to pray for all the babies I know that are on their way…will add you to that list!!

  6. So happy for you both as you know and such a wonderful answer to all our prayers..for you! Your Mum will be so happy too Glen…perhaps she’ll come for another visit to the UK? Keep your feet up Emma and take things easy…no lifting or straining but just relax too. Keep us posted please….Much love…

  7. Oh Emma! How wonderful and a message of hope to many, I’m sure. Thanks for sharing your news with us. We never conceived (but adopted), and I used to feel very sad when people were reluctant to tell me they were pregnant in case it upset me. Awkward! I’m going to carry on praying for you and give thanks for you and your honest and courageous writing.

  8. Praising God and praying so much for the three of you, that the pregnancy goes well and the new little Glen comes safely into this world – and that most of all he/she will grow to know and love and glorify the Lord as much as mum and dad do. Much love from us both, Phil and Nicky xxx

  9. I haven’t read your posts for a long time, but I decided to look in this evening. I am so happy because your story speaks about a faithful God and a light at the end of the tunnel. The Bible verses you mentioned were one of my favourites for long time. It is so good to remember that God is good and as you wrote, however our life stories develop, He doesn’t change or loose His grace and mercy toward us. Congratulations and may God keep you safe all of you in His arms.

  10. I am so deeply touched by this. Thank you for sharing such wonderful news and with such sensitivity. God be with you (and your husband) during the next few months as you plan to welcome a new life into this world.

  11. Oh Emma! EMMA!

    I just can’t even –
    I’m so delighted for you both!!!! I’ve just caught up with this news but I wanted to add my big time ohmygoodness congratulations. This is so, so wonderful.

    I’m all teary. This is a BIG deal.
    Praying for you all, and thanking God. With a whole lotta love xxx

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