Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a guest writer. Because she has young children and will be writing about being a Mom, we will be calling her Ephesians Mom – EM for short. EM has a heart to love the Lord like no other I’ve known before. In her post, EM talks about the challenges and joys she and her husband experienced as they went from infertility to triplets. EM shares how the Lord walked through this time with them and grew their faith. For more posts on faith in weakness, check out Refuge of Faith and Unexpected Marriage Lessons.
I pray her insights and experience will be a blessing to you and your family as you face your own challenges. Know that He is always with us.
May God Bless you,
One of my most favorite verses is Ephesians 3:20
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”
Since learning this verse, I have certainly claimed it for myself and He has done more than I could ask or imagine as I have tried to deepen my relationship with Him and learn more about Him over the years. As a young woman, I used to wonder who I would marry and would I have children? The Lord has given me the most selfless, loving, Godly husband. He is more than I could ask or imagine in a husband. And after experiencing infertility, we now have four precious children. We have a little girl almost 11 and triplet boys who are almost 9 years old. Again, the Lord has done more than I could ask or imagine.
Infertility to Triplets
Looking back, I remember how hard it was learning of a multiple pregnancy, carrying multiples (I was in the hospital restricted to my bed for 6 weeks) and then caring for four children under the age of two. I think of 2 Corinthians 12:10 “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
I definitely was weak during this time – emotionally, physically, spiritually – but He is so faithful. He carried me through one day at a time and while it was a difficult time, it was filled with peace – His peace, the peace that transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Our premature babies were weak, too. They were born at 30 weeks and in the NICU for 10 more weeks. They were fed through tubes and not breathing on their own either. We learned that “Baby A” had a brain bleed after he were born. The neurosurgeon came to his bedside every Monday between the hours of midnight and 5:00 a.m. draining fluid. We looked forward to his report taped on the bed each Monday morning when we would visit the babies. Week after week there was not much change and we were told to prepare for the worst. We claimed the Lord’s healing and one Monday morning came to find a report that read, “our services are no longer needed.” Praise the Lord that Baby A no longer had a brain bleed. Not only was he healed, but among his siblings his little brain works in wonderful ways. He was the first to sit up, crawl, walk, talk and is a very articulate conversational little boy. When he was weak, the Lord was strong.
Baby B came home on oxygen. Because of the oxygen tube, he would only lay on one side. He ended up wearing a helmet to correct his misshapen head which happens to be the biggest of the four. He also was the last to sit up, crawl and walk. We were so concerned about him not crawling or walking, we had him evaluated by a physician. Nothing was found physically wrong and he did walk the very next day but he walked while swinging only one arm. Again, we thought something was wrong but eventually he outgrew it. He has since become the most physically strong among his siblings. He is very coordinated and anything physical comes very easy for him. When he was weak, the Lord was strong.
Baby C had the hardest time drinking milk from a bottle. He could not master the suck and swallow and would almost immediately stop breathing. This went on for several weeks and is one thing that kept him in the NICU all that time. On our last well check at 8 years old, the doctor told us to limit his milk intake. Baby C would drink a gallon of milk a day if we let him and he could do it very fast! When he was weak, the Lord was strong.
It amazes me how the things that stand out as weaknesses when they were babies, I now see are part of their strengths. May we remember that when we are weak, He is strong and He will always do more than we ask or imagine….this is the God that we serve! Thank You Lord!
Have you ever had a challenge or weakness in your life that God turned into a strength? Do you see Him working in your family’s life? Do you trust that God will meet you in your storm? If not, what do you need to give you that confidence? I’d love to hear from you and help if I can.
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Links for above:
http://www.myjoyfilledlife.com – Babies and Beyond
http://www.thebettermom.com – The Better Mom Mondays
http://www.amamasstory.com – Mama Moments Monday
http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/ – A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
http://www.missionalwomen.com – Faith Filled Fridays
http://www.womanhoodwithpurpose.com – Womanhood with Purpose
http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ – My Freshly Brewed Life