Monday, April 12, 2010

miracle

{please forgive my writing tonight...i'm running on empty...my head is ready to hit the pillow but first i need to begin to tell this story}  


when i hopped out of bed this morning and began my typical monday routine i had no idea that this would be the day that i would witness the greatest miracle my life has seen thus far.  

for the past several months i have spent quite a bit of time on my knees requesting some big stuff on behalf of my best friend, megan, and her unborn child, jill elizabeth.  my prayer life has deepened greatly and my ability to go to God in confidence has been taken to a whole new level.  

i have pleaded for the life of a precious baby girl who just 10 weeks ago appeared to have more than an uphill battle in front of her.  
like i said...i've made a lot of requests of God on her behalf.  

tonight my heart sings praises because earlier today jill entered this world at 30 weeks gestation in a tiny 3 pound, 1 ounce body and reminded me that God still works miracles.  there are still many unknowns but what we do know is that she is here, her heart is beating strong, her limbs are moving and free of deformity, and she appears to be trying her darnedest to breath.  the x-rays so far indicate that her lungs (which were of greatest concern) are functioning like a typical 30 week baby.  

as i sat down in the waiting room during megan's c-section today i immediately opened my bible hoping to find some words to fill my jumbled mind...something that i could grab onto and lift up in prayer. i landed in romans 15 and though i read the entire chapter over and over and over again, it was these words that kept resonating in my heart - may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (v.13)


let me introduce you to my perfect picture of hope...baby jilly...





...i promise to have more (and hopefully better articulated) posts over the next few days...