- not producing or incapable of producing offspring; sterile: a barren woman
- unproductive; unfruitful: barren land
Don't Ignore the Scripture!
Throughout the Bible, many stories are written about women who had difficulty conceiving. In each of these stories, a child was produced. If that's not comfort, I don't know what is. Infertility is a disease that affects us for a period of time. (I will not go into the conversation of once an infertile, always an infertile.)
I believe that we all have different pathways to parenthood. Some people get pregnant easily and some do not. Some use ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) and some do not. Some adopt and some live child free. Brandon and I know that living child free is not an option for us. If using ART does not give us a child, we will adopt. Becoming parents is the ultimate goal for us no matter what it takes for us to get there.
Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her! Luke 1:45The following table lists out the couples in the Bible who had difficulty in conceiving a child. I cannot read these accounts enough. They provide me with comfort and arm me when the enemy attacks. My favorite story is the account of Hannah. She cried out to God. She prayed for a child and God gave her Samuel. I hope that these scripture references can give you peace and comfort as they have for me.
|Abraham and Sarah||Both well advanced in age and beyond the age of childbearing (Genesis 18:11).||God promises them a child (Genesis
17:15-21, Genesis 18:9-15).
Abraham and then Sarah believe the promise (Genesis 15:6, Hebrews 11:11).
|Isaac and Rebekah||Rebekah was barren||Issac pleads with the Lord on behalf of his wife and God grants his plea.||Twins: Esau and Jacob||Genesis 25:21|
|Rachel and Jacob||Rachel was barren||God listens to Rachel and opens her womb (Genesis 30:22 and Genesis 30:24).||Joseph and Benjamin||Genesis 29, 30|
|Manoah and his wife||No children because wife was barren||Angel of the LORD appears to woman and tells her she shall conceive
and bear a son (Judges
Manoah receives the promise (Judges 13:12).
|Hannah and Elkanah||Hannah was barren||Hannah weeps in anguish and prays asking God for a son. The LORD remembers her and she conceives and births a child.||Samuel,
3 more sons, and 2 daughters (1 Samuel 2:21)
|1 Samuel 1|
|The great Shunammite woman and husband||The woman was barren and her husband was old||The prophet Elisha promises her that she will have a son within a year and she does.||A son||2 Kings 4:8-17|
|Elisabeth and Zachariah||Both well-stricken in years and barren||Zachariah prays. An angel appears to Zachariah promising a son.||John the Baptist||Luke 1|
Sarah's Laughter is a great resource for women dealing with Infertility and Christianity.
Basic understanding of the disease of Infertility