Women in the Bible who Struggled to Conceive a Child
Because let’s be honest, there’s nothing easy about longing for a child and not understanding why you don’t have one.
And at times, you may feel that God has forgotten about you.
I can tell you with certainty that He hasn’t.
One woman, Rebekah, who struggled to conceive, graciously shared her story about how God healed her womb and her heart. You can read her full story here.
In it, she says, “Although the waiting was long, and hard, and often painful, God did something miraculous in me during this season.
I want you to know that God did graciously heal my womb, and I was able to give birth to a beautiful baby girl whom I could never deserve in a thousand lifetimes. But what I want to share is not how He healed my womb, but how He healed my heart.
Because in some ways, that was the bigger miracle.
I wanted so badly to be in charge. And I wanted to call the shots. I wanted life to go the way I planned. But instead of getting any of the things I wanted, God took me on a journey of surrender to Him and showed me that He was worthy of my trust, whether or not I had a baby.
He showed me how to worship Him while my hands were still empty, and my womb was still barren.” 
Although the journey may be hard, God is with you and He loves you. We can see God’s timing unfold for women in the Bible who struggled to conceive a child.
Hannah longed to have a son of her own for many years, but she couldn’t have children. However, she never gave up hope. She prayed very often and never lost faith in the Lord.
She vowed to God that if He opened and healed her womb and gave her the son she had struggled to conceive, that the child would forever serve the Lord.
In 1 Samuel 1:11 she said, “LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s (herself) misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life.”
Later, God gave Hannah a son who was named Samuel. Even though it must have been incredibly painful for her, she fulfilled her promise to God and took Samuel to be raised by the priests at Shiloh.
She visited him every year, and always took a linen garment, called an ephod, which marked her son as having priestly status.
Sarah had struggled to conceive a child for many, many years. But God had promised her a child. Finally, when Sarah was 90 years old, God again promised to give her and her husband a son.
Sarah laughed and said she was much too old. But God replied, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (Genesis 18:13-14)
God is not hindered by our physical limits. Even though it seemed impossible, Sarah came to truly believe God could and would do what He promised.
As God promised, Sarah gave birth to a son, Isaac.
“And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.” (Hebrews 11:11-12)
As you can see, one act of trust and faith had long-lasting ramifications: Sarah would be a mother of many nations and kings to come. And Sarah would be the mother of the royal line of King David from which Jesus would come.
Isaac (Sarah’s son) and his wife, Rebekah, were happily married for many years. But Rebekah was barren.
Isaac married Rebekah when he was 40 and they didn’t have their twin sons until 20 years later. When Isaac prayed to God for his wife, and God heard the prayer and request, Rebekah soon became pregnant.
In Genesis 25:21-24 we read, “Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”
Elizabeth is John the Baptist’s mother and isn’t mentioned often in the Bible. But similar to Sarah, Elizabeth was elderly when she gave birth to John the Baptist.
Because she had struggled to conceive for many years, Elizabeth had most likely long given up on the hope of becoming a mother.
From Life, Hope, and Truth, “At that time, being barren would have been considered a reproach to Elizabeth. It would have been a personal source of grief to her.
But God changed all that. Her reputation as a woman who was barren changed to one who had a miraculous birth in old age.
Elizabeth expressed her appreciation for God’s blessing: “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.” (Luke 1:25)” 
If you are struggling to conceive, you are in good company with these women.
I know that may not bring you much comfort. But they serve as a wonderful example of what can happen when we trust in God’s plan and timing.
Also, I recommend reading 15 Bible Verses to Comfort Husbands and Wives who are Struggling to Conceive.
Please send me a message if you have a prayer request, I’d be glad to pray for you (or someone you know).
If you would like, I can also pass along your prayer request to those who are part of the Health.Faith.Strength community.