A New Journey

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written.

It’s not that things haven’t been going on – on the contrary. I’m actually not quite sure why I haven’t sat down to write a post in so long. I think it just didn’t feel like the right time.

But I want to apologize for not keeping you up-to-date. I hope you can forgive me!

Again, I want to say thank you to all of those who have been supporting my husband, Roy, and me through our struggle with infertility. The thoughts, prayers, and kind words have been so encouraging! As I hope you know from my post on Facebook in February, the Lord enabled me to conceive through IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) this past year. Our baby boy is due August 15th of 2020!

Pregnancy has been interesting so far. It’s joyful, scary, amazing, and overwhelming! I’ve struggled with tiredness, an extreme lack of energy, nausea, lack of appetite, constipation, smells that make me sick, and frequent UTI’s, among other things. But it’s all a part of the journey – a beautiful new journey that God has prepared for us…and we are so excited and grateful!

My depression, anxiety, and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) have continued throughout my pregnancy, and I’m still struggling a lot with insomnia. It’s been tricky to try to handle these issues while remaining on as little medicine as possible for the baby’s sake – but the Lord has been faithful. He has provided me with a new psychiatrist who has experience working with pregnant women, as well as an OB who is extremely wise and kind. Along with support from my husband, family, and friends, I have been getting through. And I’ve been learning to lean on God all the more.

What has been going on in your lives? What has the Lord been teaching you recently? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments. And as always, thanks for reading! ❤

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4 thoughts on “A New Journey

  1. Crystal. I am so happy to see your update and that you are writing again. Being pregnant truly is a scary time. So much is changing physically, emotionally, spiritually and situationally. You are on the right path leaning on God more. I believe God leads us down our right path at the right time. You have been in my daily prayers and thoughts throughout this ‘new normal’.normal.

    You ask what has the Lord been teaching us…. I think for me he is just solidifying what he has been teaching me over the past 2.5 years…. I am where I need to be, part of a larger family who cares so deeply. Why is that you say? Well because as I call people at work just to check on them to see how they are doing, they are all worried about me. Me just being and living during this time. He is teaching me to strengthen those relationships. He is teaching me that those phone calls are helping me also.

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    1. Melissa,

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I especially want to thank you for your daily prayers and support. When I feel overwhelmed, I believe it’s the prayers of God’s people that keep me going. And yes, pregnancy has been scary, but also such a sweet blessing.

      I’m so happy that God has been speaking to your heart through your church family. It’s such a good feeling to know that you’re right where you’re supposed to be! Keep making your calls and reaching out to people. And I pray that you will continue to be blessed by their love and concern. You can be a blessing to each other and grow through it!

      Thanks again for your encouragement- it means a lot. ❤

      May God continue to bless you and keep you during this difficult time.

      In Christ,

      Crystal

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  2. Glad to see you hear and writing. I think writing is a gift to help deal with internal issues, maybe not for all people, but certainly for a bunch of us. Have you ever thought about King David, and all the poetry he wrote, all that feeling stuff. And a lot of other writers contributed to the book we call Psalms, filled with feeling stuff. Kind of cool to know other great people were blessed with the passion for writing as a medium of expression.

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    1. Hi Carol!

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I definitely agree that writing is a gift that can help us deal with our internal emotions. And yes, it’s amazing how God has provided us with David’s myriad of feelings, as expressed in the Psalms. It’s one of my favorite books of the Bible, and I cling to the truths there often. I think if I wrote more faithfully, it would be a great help to me as I work through the things that are going on in my life. It’s definitely something to strive for!

      Thank you again for reading and commenting, and for your encouragement.

      In Christ,

      Crystal

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