By Kelsey on August 30, 2011 19

God’s {Perfect} Timing

…is way better than ours.

Eric and I thought we were ready to become parents last fall, so we started trying for a baby. I traded my birth control pill for a prenatal vitamin and read a book about how to prepare your body for pregnancy.

I felt ready. We prayed for it. I learned as much as I could. We prayed some more. It consumed my thoughts.

We saw a few negative pregnancy tests.

My cycle wasn’t predictable.

We kept praying.

The answer wasn’t no. It was not yet.

So finally, we stopped stressing out about it. We decided to focus our attention on other things: strengthening our marriage, selling our house, growing our blogs, etc.

And then one day, when we least expected it, I took a pregnancy test. And it was positive. We were shocked! And thankful. It felt like it happened so quick, even though there had been many long days and months.

I still don’t understand the timing, but I do believe that it’s on purpose. I am glad it happened when we weren’t trying so hard because we feel at peace knowing it is a gift from Him. And I am so thankful He strengthened our marriage so we have a strong foundation upon which to build our family.

It took us eight months to get pregnant. I know there are people who have been trying longer than we did.

I know what you’re thinking: Sure, you can say it’s in God’s perfect timing because it’s happened for you now. You don’t have to wait anymore.

Well, I don’t know why God wants me to have a baby in March when I really wanted to have one in September. {But hey, this way I won’t be big during the hot summer months!} And I don’t know why I am due on the same weekend as the Texas Style Council Conference, which we really really wanted to attend again next year.

And there are still unanswered prayers that we have. Selling our house is a big one! We’d love for that to happen before the baby comes.

But, we know our plans are not the best for us. His are.

Thank God!

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Kelsey

I love my husband, my daughter and the Internet.

  1. Isn’t the fact that He is in control such a awesome comfort?! :)

  2. So happy for the both of you! So true that God has a plan for everyone of us:)

  3. What a great story! My husband and I would like to start trying after Christmas, so I pray that I have patience and understanding. You never know what God’s plan might be.

  4. took us ten months of patience and trusting God’s timing for the first one. not long, but at the time it seemed that way. looking back, oh my goodness, yes, God’s perfect, PERFECT, timing. SO thankful that God is in control and that we are not. Congrats again, you two. What a blessed baby.

  5. I know this is NOTHING like having a baby, but I had a kidney transplant scheduled for October of 2007. Clearly God had other plans as the surgery was cancelled and I finally had my transplant in February of 2008. At the time I was super frustrated, but knowing and truly believing in God’s perfect timing is what got me through. Thanks so much for this post. It reminded me to stop worrying and start praying!

  6. glad you shared this, kels! it’s kind of ironic that you’re due during our half birthday month! hope you’re still feeling well!

    • Yep, I wanted September and God was like, I’ll give you the complete opposite! :)

      I’m feeling a lot better this week! Very excited about that.

  7. you know i have a very similar story….9 months of trying to get pregnant AND THEN blessed with twins :) if i had gotten pregnant right away, i would have been due on the firstish day of school that fall (what terrible timing by me!!!), but no, GOD planned that I would get pregnant in the fall and be due towards the end of the school year….a much better plan. HE always knows what he’s doing, and we have to remember that. even when i knew my delivery date (scheduled c-section–almost down to the minute), gender of the baby, and the name, i felt that GOD was probably laughing at me up in Heaven saying, oh, Kari, you THINK you have this all figured out and that you are in control and things are going to go as planned. things did go as according to schedule (thank, goodness!) but that hardly ever happens. GOD is good ALL of the time and we just have to give him our hearts and let him take control.

  8. Amazing story! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Congrats to you two! I believe that everything happens for a reason and that God has a plan for how all of our lives will play out… I’m so excited for you two!! :)

  10. His timing is perfect. I am a late comer to this blog party, but the date on this post is so unreal to me. My husband and I have been trying for 5 months (I know it doesn’t seem like that long) to get pregnant and have already had one miscarriage. Every month when the lines don’t appear I become what I have dubbed “emotionally unstable.” August 30th was one of these days. Trust me, when my husband finds me on the bathroom floor crying, I don’t like to hear that God’s timing is perfect, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is. Thanks for sharing and for letting me get all sappy on you!

  11. Do you really think that HIS design is birth control? Your blog is littered with references to trusting in Him, but I think the use of birth control is not giving things 100% over to Him; we still want to hold on to that little bit of control.

    • You bring up a valid point. However, I don’t think birth control prevents God from doing his will.

      • Can you elaborate on how you think birth control doesn’t prevent God’s will? I am genuinely curious!

        • Well, we believe that God can do anything he wants. We can’t stop him by using birth control. He got a virgin pregnant, right? I am not saying it’s right or wrong to be on birth control, because I don’t know (although we have decided that I will not go on it again).

  12. I am glad you posted a link back to this. It’s only our second month of TTC and we’re trying to be laid back about the process. However, those two weeks of waiting to find out if we’re pregnant or not are much much harder than expected. I need to trust God for his timing and be content in the wait. So hard though.

    • It’s harder than it sounds! I’m sure next time will be just as hard, too. I like to control too much :) But, I really do think God knows what’s best for us. I know it feels somewhat un-authentic coming from me since when I wrote this post we HAD gotten pregnant (but because we hadn’t announced on our blog that we were TTC, I didn’t talk about our struggles until after we had shared our happy news).

      Anyway, good luck!

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