Praying Through Menopause

Why didn’t Mom tell me how bad this thing called menopause could get?! Hmm…probably because she went through the process of it relevantly smooth. Mom just had a few bad headaches, (to my recollection). And she had her last cycle at the age of 44. Well of course, I thought I would follow suit and inherit her good fortune. Wrong!!

Praying Through Menopause

I did however put an end to my heavy cycles since my OB/GYN performed the oblation. And thank God for small favors!! Since the beginning of March, I am cycle free. Yeah! But wait, it’s not all coming up roses for me now, far from it! I’m experiencing the effects of menopause in the worst way.

The hot flashes I can handle. Don’t get me wrong; they are NOT fun. LOL. However, it’s the depression and anxiety that I’m having major issues with. Some days it’s hard to just get out of bed, and there are those days that I get up early, do my workout, and feel awesome afterwards, and usually my days go (for the most part) well. Today is a bad day. As I woke up, I did not get up and workout. Instead I walked straight across from my bedroom to my office.

I’m finding myself praying a lot more than I usually do now, due to desperation more than anything. And that of course is certainly not a bad thing. We all need to pray, especially in these days and times. :)

I haven’t dusted my Bible off in a good while. :( However, recently I’ve been opening my Bible to whatever page it takes me to. And today, I opened it up to Proverbs 1- Verse 6 – 16

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause.

Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit.

We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil.

Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse.

My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path.

For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

I think I know what this means. You see, I was close to God before I got married. Then I slowly slipped through the cracks and stopped going to church, and yes…reading my Bible. I’ve always prayed, but it’s been less and less over the years. I did marry someone that did not attend church. However, he said he would start going “someday.” It’s been 30 years (next year) that we’ve been married, and that day has yet to come.

Through menopause, maybe God has let this depression come upon me so that I would start to pray diligently again AND read my Bible. I do believe that everything happens for a reason. And God does indeed work in mysterious ways! I’ve always believed in God, and I’ve always prayed; it’s just been less the last few years. My mom taught me well and brought me up in a Pentecostal church. Actually, it was both Pentecostal and Assembly of God. My grandfather was a pastor with the latter.

I know I will get through this. It’s just been a lonely journey so far. I realize that there has to be many more women that are going through the same thing. Hormones can do some scary things to your body.

One more thing. I’ve been sitting here and thinking, (and not working) as I type this post; what I need to do more than anything is ask my God to forgive me for all things. Everything that’s been thought, said, and done in my somewhat colorful past.

Psalms : 66:18: If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.

Psalms : 44:21: Shall not God search this out? For he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

I sure didn’t mean for this post to be a sermon type post! lol Actually I had started out writing this article for my Grandparenting blog and intended on posting it in the Healthy Lifestyle section. As the post started to change gears, I thought it would be more fitting for Moms of Faith here.

Anyone else out there going through some bad phases of Menopause? Please Share. ;)

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  1. Sylvia on June 19, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve had on and off symptoms for about 2 years, but the last few months have been horrible! My last period was 6 months ago so I pray to God that this will pass very soon. I too feel scared and all alone because most of my family and friends have never experienced my symptoms. I’m loosing weight, have numbness in my legs due to my sciatic nerve being pinched, hips feel tight and sore, anxiety sometimes with palpitations, burning mouth syndrome for 2 weeks, heat surges then I get cold, more sinus issues, and insomnia. I too have been praying more and been reading the bible more looking for answers. I had thyroid cancer over 30 years ago and take a thyroid hormone and all my labs come back normal every 4 months. I do not feel comfortable taking hrt due to my cancer history. I just want to know that I’m not alone. God has been so good to me. He has healed me from cancer and other ailments and I know that God will heal me from menopause as well. I know Satan tries to get in our minds and cause more worry and fear, but we have to stand strong and fight the enemy. I’m praying for all of you my sisters in Christ.

    • Lisa Hinshaw on August 10, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      I just turned 57 years old. I am still mentruating. My last period started May 31.
      I have had heart palpitations off and on since my mid 40’s. The last few years have been rough. It started with my feet getting hot. I had more severe PMS that seemed to last forever until after my period started. I was anxious and wanted to eat everything in sight, even things I do not like. My periods are irrregular, somtimes every 6-7 weeks, sometimes 3-9 months between. I usually felt pretty good after the period, until the pms started up again.
      In the last 1 1/2 years, things changed. The worst symptoms were hot flashes, depression and lack of motivation to do ANYTHING, even the things I love to do.
      I finally went to the doctor and was told I have 2 choices: Hormone Replacement Therapy or Antidepressants. Since I have a family history of breast cancer (Great Aunt, Mom, Aunt, & 3 First Cousins), I chose the antidepressants. It has taken some time (about a year) to get the dosage right, but now I feel like life is a little more manageable. I still have some bad days, but I am seeing some improvement.
      I have noticed that my prayer life and Bible reading has really fallen off. I just can not make myself do it, unless I get very desperate. I have always read the Bible and prayed, so I find this distressing. I also have trouble focusing. I sometimes feel overhelmed and have to pray “O God, help me put away this glass and continue with one item at a time. Once I get going, it is easier.
      I like your idea of just opening the Bible and reading, letting the Lord lead. I will try that.
      When I pray I praise and thank him for his grace, because without it I would be compleately lost and overwhelmed.
      My daughter is grown and gone. My husband is a patient Christian man.

    • Anna Alvarez on May 9, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      Amen! Thank you ,I’m also been going through some issues with Menopause ,headaches,anxiety, depression , tirednessand anther issues please pray for me , I feel alone at times.

      • angie on October 15, 2019 at 8:10 am

        I will pray for u im going through the same and wonder when it will end god willing xxx

      • gloria on January 1, 2020 at 12:18 pm

        Hi Anna, I know how you feel. I find that reading God’s word first thing in the morning is very good. I follow Joyce Meyers’s teaching broadcast every day and apply the principles.

        May the Lord bless and guide you.

  2. Gwyn on June 20, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Hello, what a blessing to have come across this, just reading this article and comments have helped me feel not as crazy or alone.
    I am 45, wife and mother of two young adult children.The last six months I feel that I some how have become part of the movie “Invasions of the Body Snatcher” I use to be a “go with the flow” wake up happy person and now I am experiencing such swing of emotions from anger to tears, my poor family! My mind has decided to go on vacation most days and the nights have become as if I am in an inferno. I pray daily and know that God who made me and all these crazy hormones can help me. I have gone to the dr. but at this time I am trying a more homeopathy way to deal with my changing hormones.
    Thank you for such a comforting post.

  3. Jessica on September 3, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Good evening, ladies!! I too have been suffering with many of the symptoms that you all have had. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone in this struggle. I’m a 42 year old mom of 5, married to a wonderful man. I have had hormonal issues off and on for several years, but a couple of years ago I really started noticing rapid changes. It is nothing for me to he happy, sad, anxious, depressed, angry and then feel normal within a 10 minute span. Most of the time the emotions happen maybe once a day, if that, but sometimes the emotional ups and downs are a lot worse, lasting for days at a time. All of my bloodwork is great, I am not overweight and live an active lifestyle. It’s only the hormonal issues that I struggle with. I have a hormone chart loaded to my phone and I keep a journal of how I feel each day, whether I am having a good day or bad. Looking back over how I felt during the same time in previous months gives me reassurance that it will pass. I also spend time speaking God’s Word over my body and praying for relief. The videos below have helped me and I pray that they help you all as well.

  4. Gloria A Fuller on January 1, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing this video’s. She is anointed and this message has blessed me.

    • Betty Jones on December 1, 2020 at 2:25 am

      I just wanted to share as well that I’ve been going through some serious stuff in which the Doctor said it is Menopause & Anxiety! It is so crazy & very irritating & painful sometimes. It seems like I have all the systems including Formication. Sometimes I lay in my bed and curl up like a Fetus and just cry and ask GOD to help me! My Husband has sit beside the bed holding my hand & cried also; saying he wish it was something he could do to stop all this I’m going through! The Doctor couldn’t give me the Medication to help me due I have suffered with Blood Clots in the pass & had one in my Lung. And the Medicine puts me at HIGH RISK for Blood Clots. It’s by the Grace of GOD that I’m still living. GOD has given me Strength to pull through. Please Pray for me that I will find something to get rid of all this! My Faith is very Strong & I know GOD is gonna Heal me!!!

  5. Jessica Sanchez on January 4, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Hi I’ve been going through the same issues anxiety, nervous, I wake up in a bad mood, and a feeling of overwhelm…it goes away after I take my estrovera by metagenics it took away the hot flashes! it’s been helping I’m on my second bottle. I really need to pray more and read the Bible. Thank you for this article!

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