I'm so excited to introduce all of you to Natasha Metzler our October Inspiration Spotlight! Natasha has written an incredible book, Pain Redeemed, that I had a chance to read. Natasha shares her journey of infertility. And while our pain may be different, I could relate so much to her story and her journey with God through tough times. I highly recommend you check out her book. And now let's here more from Natasha.
1. Please tell us a little about yourself?
Natasha: I live in Northern New York on this breathtakingly beautiful farm that sits at the top of Tug Hill. We’re known for our blistering hard winters and endless wind storms and I can’t even find words to explain the loveliness here. The seasons change and the wind never stops and I find it full of the freshness of life.
My husband and I run a dairy farm. That takes up almost all of our time but on the side I watch a couple little ones and write articles, blog posts and (as of recently) a book. My husband is a mechanic and works primarily on farm machinery.
We live in a tiny house and I’m a terrible housekeeper (working on that!) but I love caring for my mini-family (just my husband and I) and whoever the Lord places in our home for that day. I’m often found typing away at the computer or making another pot of coffee or attempting to beat my husband at a card game.
2. Pain comes in many forms (physical, emotional and circumstantial). Can you
share about a difficult or painful time in your life?
Natasha: There are hundreds of ways that pain can rip through our lives and I’ve tasted my share. For me, over the last five years, pain has carried the title infertility. Infertility slaughtered my dreams and shook me deep with sorrow.
I faced depression that left me hollow and weak and when I finally thought I had beaten the pain, I faced days of blood and threw away the positive test that tempted me with victory.
And I faced the worst type of pain possible fear that God did not care. That He had forgotten me or ignored me or that I simply did not matter.
3. What lessons did God teach you through that painful time?
Natasha: I learned that He is. That He does not fear pain like I do. That His promises do not change and His love is unending. I learned that He cared, deeply and fully and desperately.
And I learned that God redeems pain. He came to save us from sin but He also came to redeem us and all our brokenness. And my confidence is not in a god who protects me from pain but in a God who keeps track of every tear and promises that every heart-ache will be redeemed in time.
4. What advice would you give to someone going through a painful time in her life?
Natasha: Open your Bible, start reading, and don’t stop.
His voice. His heartache. His unending, unrelenting, overwhelming love.
No matter what lies are holding you captive, keep reading and keep fighting. He’ll find you. I promise.
5. How can our readers connect with you online?
Natasha: You can find me at my blog, natashametzler.com
Or on facebook, facebook.com/natashametzlerwrites
Or on twitter, twitter.com/natashametzler
Thank you so much Natasha for sharing your story with us!
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