infertility devotional *help needed* by Ali

Ali and ChandlerHi new friends!! My name is Ali and my husband (Chandler) and I live in Nashville, Tennessee with our two wildly sweet and crazy rescue dogs. Chandler is a drummer who works in IT and loves DIY projects. I’m an ex-teacher who loves reading, traveling, and dreaming up new ideas to take on. Together, we’re in the middle of an international adoption and infertility journey with more twists and turns than we ever could have imagined.

Along the way, I have learned so much about orphan care, foster care, and global issues. I may not be a parent yet, but my heart has expanded by a tenfold already. I feel like something big will come of all of this, but what that is remains unclear. All I know is that:

ONE: My heart breaks at the thought of 18-year-olds aging out of foster care with no family both here and abroad. In the US, over 20,000 kids age out of the system every single year. A question constantly on my heart is: What can I do to serve them?

TWO: There are an estimated 153 million orphans in the world. As we know from our experience, adopting is not easy despite these numbers. Again, I find myself asking: What can I do to serve these kids?

THREE: I never want another woman to feel lost in her faith or isolated because of infertility. Honestly, that’s how I feel. I often keep my journey secret (although I guess the cat is out of the bag, eh?). Once again, I find a burning question on my heart: How can I serve other women going through this same season?

I don’t have all the answers, but I am working on a project and I want you (yes, you!!) to help me. I’m creating a devotional book for women going through infertility. I don’t want this just to be based on my story though. I want it to include multiple perspectives because everyone’s story looks different. I want this work to reflect that. Regardless of where you are at or what you are doing on your infertility road, I’d love your help!

I’m putting out a call for volunteer contributors to write devotional content for the book. Each devotional should be about 400-600 words and is based on a scripture of your choosing. It can be funny or sincere, whatever feels right to you. I want this to be a masterpiece filled with hope and purpose in waiting as you (and me) navigate the murky waters and emotions, loss, disappointment, and unexpected blessings that accompany the cross of infertility.

Right now, about 13-14 women have agreed to contribute. Won’t you join us? Be brave and share your voice! Email me at aliforrest8@gmail.com for more info and questions.

I can’t wait to hear from you soon and a big thanks to Kailey for letting me take over today.

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