Thursday, April 17, 2008

Are your lungs expanding with God's praise?

OOOOHHH MY GOODNESS -- I wanted to share something soooooo exciting with you -(at least it is very exciting for me!) - I am just BESIDE myself in praise to our almighty God, and I need to share it with you all or I think my lungs will burst. I don’t even know how to make this short... so here it goes.

As you all know, I am very open about our personal battle with infertility. I feel that God has called me to share my story so that at some point in time, I can help or encourage someone else… and glory to God, he has sent many, many women my way with questions, or women who are just looking for encouragement.

Back in December ’07, I received an email from a sweet woman who was struggling with secondary infertility, has had two ectopic pregnancies, a baby who had recently passed away in-utero at 7 months, and a new diagnosis of something called MTHFR As she went in search of information on this diagnosis, she came across my first blog called Infertile Meanderings, and was able to find some of the information she was looking for. She emailed me to tell me this, and to tell me that she had begun taking the cocktail of vitamins that I had been taking (and still do) for MTHFR.

I was able to share with her how my faith had been tested greatly throughout the past 12-15 years, but I have learned that the only way to get through such cavernous pain and loss is to lean on Christ and seek him for peace that only he gives. There are many questions that I have ... all the "whys" and "what ifs" -- but I'm convinced that I will never know the answers until I meet Christ face to face. And I've learned to be okay with that. It was a long process to get to that point, but eventually, you do

Like I shared with this sweet woman, not only she, but YOU can be blessed by God. Of THAT I'm confident. I'm not sure what form that blessing will take, but just remember that you are resting in the palm of his hand. It's okay to be angry. It's okay to yell out loud and question God. It's okay to cry your heart out. Just remember to turn to him for comfort.

I didn't hear from her after that... until yesterday, and her email was the best thing I've read in a while...

Last Friday she found out that she is once again pregnant.

Isn't that AMAZING?! God is so good.

How was God involved? Here’s what she said...

"So let me just share how God has been working this out for a long while. In February, the hematologist said that he wanted me to go see a fetal/maternal specialist to see if he could help me get pregnant sooner. There was 6 years between my last pregnancy and the baby that passed away so we were a little wary of another six years going by. The earliest the specialist could see me was yesterday, April 15. I was already pregnant by the time I got there!! He did prescribe a few special tests though so it worked out well. I am too early to see anything significant on ultrasound but yesterday my regular OB checked anyway and we saw that it wasn't another ectopic pregnancy and there was the tiniest little beginnings of a gestational sac. So praise God, all looks well. Mentally, I’m doing well. The last pregnancy I was so afraid and I worried constantly. I promised God that if he blessed us again that I would not worry. I would trust and walk in faith. I am so peaceful because of it. I do have my minutes of sheer panic but for the most part I’m just terribly ecstatic."

Would you venture to agree with me when I say... God is good ALL THE TIME, and ALL THE TIME, God is GOOD!!!

So, why am I sharing all this? Because my lungs are expanding with his praise ... and I want to spread the word that God is TOTALLY in the business of miracles and wonders, and all praise is due him! Be encouraged!

"I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise. I live and breathe God; if things aren't going well, hear this and be happy: Join me in spreading the news; together let's get the word out. God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears. Look at him; give him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings from him. When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot. God's angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray. Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see-how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him. Worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness."

"Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you. If your heart is broken, you'll find God right there; if you're kicked in the gut, he'll help you catch your breath."

Psalm 34:1-10, 17-18 (in the Message version)

13 comments:

LvlyRita said...

I'm praising God with you! That is wonderful news (even when I don't know her), children are a blessing. It is so amazing when God uses our stories and life experiences to help others.

Susanne said...

Praise God! Smiling ear to ear for that great news for that family!

kelly jeanie said...

Thank you for sharing this, Gibee, it's an amazing story. I struggled with infertility too but I know I didn't handle it with the grace that you and this woman did. God is good, though, no matter what!!

Becoming Me said...

That is so amazing. Thank you for sharing!

Barb said...

What a wonderful post to come over here and read, GiBee. Such fantastic news - and yes, I can tell you're just a little excited for her. :-)

His wonders are amazing.

Rocks In My Dryer said...

Sweet GiBee. You make me smile.

Shalee said...

Oh, what praise worthy news this is, and I love how you've told us...

nfmn said...

Isn't it amazing how He weaves purpose into our pain. What a testimony!

I'm tagging Kisses of Sunshine for Fabulous Father Friday at notesfrommynest.blogspot.com.

Pam said...

What wonderful news and a fabulous reason for praise! Thanks so much for sharing all this, dear GiBee.

I'll be praying for this family.

Beth/Mom2TwoVikings said...

As a fellow ttc alumni, I know the journey, the pain, the humiliation, the desperateness but with two little ones now underfoot entirely by God's blessing and grace I can also feel my heart and eyes fill up for a fellow ttc-er who finally gets her BFP!! Wa-hoo!

emilymcd said...

Oh wow. What a journey your friend has been on! That is such wonderful news, GiBee!! I love to hear fertility success stories!

Emily

http://dykstrahouse.blogspot.com/

Melissa said...

I want to thank God. Even when it gets rough and I tend to drift I can still feel God with me. That is when I snap and ask God to leave me in his light. I am not perfect but I am trying, I am a good person and I love God. I am here God and I know you are too.
Love,
Melissa Renee Chavez

Breanne Vasquez said...

How wonderful! Thank you for sharing and it gives me some hope.