1. Ask, "What can I do for you?" Infertility is an emotional roller coaster. One moment, you can feel happy and light-hearted and the next down in the depths of despair. It is filled with moments of sadness, anger, confusion, frustration, anxiety, hope, and peace. Many times, I didn’t even understand what I was feeling! Instead of trying to guess what your friend may need, ask them! Ask how you can pray for them. Asking will give your friend an opportunity to identify her needs and make them known. It is much more comfortable to tell someone what you need after they have already asked!
2. Wish her a Happy Mother’s Day Wait...what?! Yes, you read that correctly. This one is definitely counter-intuitive. I never would have come up with it on my own. I will never forget when my friend wrote to me, “Happy Mother’s Day, to a woman with a mother’s heart.” My heart swelled. I felt loved, recognized, and included. Mother’s Day is one of the most difficult days of the year for those longing for a child. No matter how brave I tried to be, I would inevitably end up crying in the bathroom at church. My friend made that particular Mother’s Day just a bit easier to bear.
3. Remind her that God is on her side: One of my relatives whom I hadn’t seen in awhile encouraged me with this thought. The truth of this statement hit me hard. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was feeling like God was against me! With every month that passed, every failed treatment and adoption attempt, I was feeling like God was not working for my good. It was a powerful reminder for me to hear that God was with me.
“The Lord is for me. I will not be afraid.”
4. Offer to take her out: Shopping, movies, pedicure, ice cream, coffee, a walk..anything fun to help her relax and take her mind off of things!
5. Write a note: A text, e-mail, or card. A simple “I love you and am thinking about you” goes a long way. I highly recommend a comforting verse from the Psalms. God promises that His Word will never return void.
“so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do."