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07 September 2011

Seven years ago....

Seven years ago today.....

I was in the hospital hoping beyond hope for a good outcome.

It was the end of one journey - of daily casting my fears on the Lord.

And the beginning on a new journey - one of daily relying on the Lord for strength.

Seven years ago today, we welcomed our son Joshua into the world.  I thought my heart would explode with joy. 

You see, Joshua was my 9th pregnancy.  My second delivery.  And my first child. 

And while I've learned many (many) things since having Josh and his brothers, the lessons I learned during this struggle have stayed with me:

  • God is faithful.
  • God is not scared by my anger at Him.  He's a big God.  He can handle it.
  • God is always with me, even when I don't feel him. 
  • He loves me with an overwhelming love, despite my past.
So today, as we celebrate the birthday of my sweet not-so-little boy,  I remember God's faithfulness.  His mercy.  His love. 

I am blessed beyond measure. 


Barb Linder said...

Beautifully written testament of God's faithfulness Charli. If our faith were never tested, we would fail to recognize the miracles He provides all around us! Happy 7th Birthday to your miracle Joshua. {I completely understand where you're coming from. Although our circumstances were different, my first miracle entered the world 7 years ago, as well.} When I find myself doubting, what a blessing to be reminded of the prayers that God has already answered and the miracles He has already spoken into my life. I'm undeservedly blessed and abundantly thankful!!

Debbie Starn said...

Thank you for sharing your testimony of God's love and faithfulness. Look how He's blessed you with all these beautiful (handsome) little boys!!! A legacy to your family that God hears our cries and attends unto our prayers! Happy Birthday Josh!

BB said...

I too understand. God has chosen our blessing in his time, not ours. Unless you've been there, you have no clue what a true miracle is. These are precious words. God should be honored in all testimonies whether good or bad. Use everything for His glory. He has forgiven many for our anger and frustration. I had no clue Charli that you went through this pain. Even through your happines, this is a pain that cannot be erased. I send a hug to you from my heart. Use this story to help others who struggle with the same. God is very good.

Christina said...

Thanks for sharing your testimony of God's faithfulness. My oldest is turning seven this month--can't believe how time flies! Visiting from WLW.

Positive Adoption said...

Thanks for sharing your story! You are ministering to so many! Give Josh a big squeezy birthday hug from me!

Rachel E. said...

Charli: What an inspiration you are to many moms. Including me. Nine pregnancies and one baby to show to people...this would break most people. But it is because of your faith in an everlasting Savior that you are able to go on.

Tell your Joshua happy birthday! It's my birthday today, too. Except, I turned 26 for the tenth year. uhum..

Jenfier Harrod said...

Wow what a story! I have a story you might like too at
Also my son Zeke would like to share his blog with your son.
www.mychritian-life.blogspot.com its for young people and new Christians.
enjoy and Happy Birthday!