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Empty Womb



Copyright 2017 Albertine Williams

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Contents



INTRODUCTION

INFERTILITY IN THE BIBLE

CAUSES OF INFERTILITY IN MEN

2 HUSBANDS, 6 WIVES, AND A WHOLE SLEW OF DRAMA AND BABIES

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR

EMPTY ARMS

EMOTIONAL MISCARRIAGES

MOTHER’S DAY

NOTHING FILLS AN EMPTY WOMB

INFERTILITY TESTING

ANOTHER BARREN MOTHER’S DAY

TURNING POINT

MY MIRACLE OF ADOPTION

MY MIRACLE OF BIRTH

THE BEST AND WORST OF TIMES

THE DECISION I DON’T REGRET, AND ONE THAT I DO

WHAT I LEARNED FROM WHAT I WENT THROUGH

THERE IS ALWAYS A HIGHER PURPOSE

INTRODUCTION

This book is not for everybody, but for a select group of women who God has trusted to bear and endure a particular kind of heartache. This book is also for those who are friends with these women, married to them, work with them, or related to them. These next few pages will give you glimpse into the pain I carried in my heart for years until I received my miracle, and some very valuable lessons that I learned from this long season of my life. Even though I understand that everyone’s story does not have the same ending that mine did, this book is meant to give you some encouragement from someone who knows exactly how you feel because I’ve walked thought it myself. Prayerfully, it will also serve as a tool to empower you so that you will not lose your voice in your pain, and if you have, to rediscover it.

I have no intention of ending this book on a sad note, even for those who will never conceive, for to do so would be like saying that God allows Himself to be outdone by life circumstances, and we know that that simply is not true. I don’t care what you’re going through, and how bad it looks or feels, or how the story ends, you can never allow yourself to forget that God will not be outdone.

I will be bold enough to say that someone will read this book, your faith will be activated, and a year or so after you read this you will hold in your arms your very own little one. By faith I say to you, “By this time next year!” And if I don’t get to say it to you in person, I say in advance, “Congratulations!”

INFERTILITY IN THE BIBLE

There are several instances of couples who dealt with infertility in the bible. In most of these instances the bible states that it was the woman who was barren because God had shut up her womb, or it simply states that the woman was barren. The most commonly known are Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Hannah. Others less talked about and some you may not know of at all are

*Abimelech’s wife and his female servants. (God had caused all of them to become infertile when Abimelech had taken Sarah) (Genesis 20:17-18).

*Manoah’s wife. (Judges 13:2)

*Michal, King Saul’s daughter who was married to David. (II Samuel 6:23)

*The Shunamite woman. (2 Kings 4:16-17)

*Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. (Luke 1:7)

According to scripture and the timelines it gives, Abraham would have been 75 years old the first time God spoke to him about his seed. We see the first incident in chapter 12 of Genesis. The Lord spoke to Abraham several times about his seed and finally in chapter 15, Sarah sends Abraham into Hagar because she figured that maybe that’s what God must have meant. This was a full 10 years after the first time God spoke in chapter 12. Abraham was 99 years old when God finally gave him a timeframe, “By this time next year.” Before then the Lord only made promises to him of how great his seed would be. It was a full 25 years from the time God first spoke to Abraham to the time Sarah finally gave birth to the promise.

Isaac married Rebekah he was 40 years old but he was 60 when Jacob and Esau were born. He waited and prayed to God for 20 years before they had their twins.

Rachel waited while her husband made 11 babies with 3 other women. Her sister Leah gave birth to 4 sons, then Rachel’s servant Bilah had 2 sons, then Leah’s servant Zilpah had 2 sons, then Leah had 2 more sons and a daughter. No wonder she said to Jacob, “Give me children or I will die!” I think that her death at that point might have been of a broken heart. That is a long time to wait and watch other women do what you desire to do and can’t, with your husband. Finally, the bible says that God remembered Rachel and opened her womb, and she gave birth to Joseph. In Genesis 31 we learn that Jacob had served Laban for a total of 20 years before he left him. By the time he left, Rachel had already had Joseph, though Benjamin didn’t come for some time later.

Though the bible is very clear about women’s infertility, the infertility of men is hidden in plain sight. The bible doesn’t usually specifically say that the men were infertile in the same way that it points out a woman was barren, but what it does say is that when the man died having had no children, his brother was to go in and lie with his deceased brother’s wife (take her as his wife) and get her pregnant on behalf of his brother so that his name would not be cut off in the earth. This law is found in Deuteronomy 25:5. She may have had additional children after that first one, but the first born of this union would be considered his deceased brother’s child, making him entitled to any inheritance from that brother. Why was there even a law in place where a man should go in and get his dead brother’s wife pregnant and raise up seed in his name? Because there were men who were the ones who couldn’t produce a child, and not always the woman who was barren.


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