My friend and fellow warrior over at Rejoice, Beloved reblogged one of my posts and in a comment she wrote she led me to more clarity.

She pointed me in the direction of Isaiah 54, and in those words of scripture I found another piece of my soul.


iStock_000042560946SmallSing, childless woman, you who have never given birth.
Raise a joyful shout, you who have never gone through labor…

Enlarge your house. You are going to need a bigger place; don’t underestimate the amount of room that you’ll need. So build, build, build.  

You will increase in every direction to fill the world…

Don’t be afraid, for there is no one to shame you.
Don’t fear humiliation, for there is no one to disgrace you…

She wrote that my ever upward is my joyful shout to the world. And, in reading her words I felt myself give myself the permission I need to really fill the world with my singing.

To build, to fill the world.

To walk straight through my fears.

This light inside of me to speak, to educate, to help and to give myself and others permission.

Permission to speak our truth.

Permission to embrace our whole story.

Permission to practice our recovery.

Permission to own it all.

Ever upward is my joyful shout.

Ever upward is my mark on the world; my legacy, just not left in the legacy of my own children.

Ever upward is my continued seeking and fighting to reveal our shame and rise above it.

Ever upward is my connection to my story and to our story.

Because our stories, our shout or whisper to the world, is the light and the love of ever upward.

*To read more about my story and my recovery make sure to pick up a copy of the very soon to be published Ever Upward: Overcoming the Lifelong Losses of Infertility to Own a Childfree Life.*

If you found this post enjoyable, inspiring, helpful, hopeful, interesting or even infuriating 😉, please take the time and the chance to share it through your social media! More shares means more eyes, means more people helped and the message heard on a wider scale. Thank you! Justine

21 thoughts on “Isaiah: My Joyful Shout To Fill the World

  1. busynothing says:

    brilliant passage!


    1. So glad you liked it! Been thinking of you! J


  2. There are no words needed in response to something so beautiful and so true. Blessings.


    1. Oh my gosh, you words mean so much to me! Thank you so much for reading and commenting!!! Justine


  3. Justine, that exact passage was given to me years ago by a dear friend who encouraged me to pray often and courageously that God would “enlarge the place of my tent”. She also stretched me to ask that he would enlarge my heart for what was yet to come. I needed that reminder this morning. Thank you for Ever Upward, and for redirecting my gaze in this moment when my pain had blinded me from seeing Him. Love, Gracie


    1. Gracie,
      I am so glad this helped you even if in a tiny way. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! J

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  4. Jane says:

    That is a beautiful! That passage has been inspiring to me this last winter. But I like the way that version words it!


    1. Jane, thank you so much for reading and commenting. This is The Voice version. Finally, found a bible I love! J


  5. This is so empowering! Something that all too often brings us shame in this world is also the very thing that we can use to create a legacy larger than life! Thank you so much for your beautifully encouraging and uplifting post. May God continue to bless you as you bless others!


    1. Thank you so much for reading and for leaving these amazing words, they mean so much to me!!! God bless and much love, Justine


  6. Beloved says:

    This is so wonderful, Justine. I am so glad about this- it brought tears to my eyes to know that God’s word speaks to you. He is ready to receive all those who call upon His name. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt thoughts. God bless you!


    1. Thank you so much, for your inspiration, your support and your friendship!! Justine


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