November 22: Tara’s Story

Real hope is an actual relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s the life-change that comes from knowing Him. It is the way to get through hard times. It is the focus for a new day, the purpose for walking through a difficult year.

This week we are wrapping up our Real Hope series with real stories of right now from real people who have experienced the life-changing hope that can only come through Jesus Christ.

Today’s story is from Tara Brenneman.

Read James 1:2-8; Mark 9:23

“Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Ps. 42:5, NIV).

Some years ago,  a doctor gave me a medical diagnosis. He said it could be hard for me to get pregnant. Wow! Not something most women want to hear. Getting married and being a mom was something I’d wanted. At the time, though, I was single, so being a mom was not a top priority. Not yet. I knew that getting pregnant could be hard. But I also knew that God was bigger than infertility. He could do this.

Fast forward about five years  when I met my husband. We married in September, 2010.  The following summer we started trying to start a family. On Christmas Day, 2011, we received an amazing a gift — a positive pregnancy test! It didn’t take long to form an attachment to this growing bambino. So you can imagine our heartbreak at nine-and-a-half weeks, when we lost our first child through miscarriage. To say I was confused would be an understatement. I mean, I knew He’d let this happen medically, but I couldn’t understand why God didn’t stop it.

We had started going to an ABF group at church a short time before this. When we shared with our group about our loss, various people told us they had also either miscarried, lost a child, or struggled with infertility. Wow! It was hard to say this was a coincidence. God knew what we needed, and He showed us His love and faithfulness by providing support during a difficult time. What a help that was!

After time, with no pregnancy, we decided to seek help from a fertility doctor where we learned of more medical challenges than we had initially realized. And so throughout the next eighteen months, we endured blood work, testing, surgery, procedures, shots, rounds of medications. We also endured one negative pregnancy test after another, along with discouragement and sadness.

At the time, I worked as a preschool teacher assistant. One day, one of my students told me I was going to have a baby soon. Another day, another student hugged me and said, “I know there’s a baby in there!” Clearly, this had my attention! About three weeks later,  it was time to take another pregnancy test. It was the week before Mother’s Day. I tried to prepare myself mentally for whatever the result may be. Scared to look, I finally did, and . . . wait a minute . . . this one said . . . pregnant!!!! I had waited so long to see that word!! When our baby boy was born in January, 2015, the evidence of what we had hoped for became reality! (See Psalm 139.)

God did it! He showed us that He is able, just as He is able for you and your circumstance. Real hope only comes from Him!