I’ll be talking about my two birth defects, miscarriages, pregnancy complications, kids in the NICU, a child with sensory processing disorder, and a husband with a brain tumor. I’d like to say upfront, that if hearing about miscarriage or pregnancy is not something you want to listen to, I give a warning when I’m going to start talking about them so you can skip ahead or stop the episode. I’m going to do my best not to get into many details of the miscarriages or pregnancy complications, but I want to discuss them in general because they have been part of my growth and maturity in many ways.
This book was a valuable resource: “Safe in the Arms of God: Truth from Heaven About the Death of a Child” by John MacArthur
For a Christian, God will use each person and each defect in different ways – for our sanctification and growth, and for His glory.
Psalm 139 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
My birth defects have taught me so much about the sovereignty of God. He formed me in a way that would seem negative to other people, in some countries the cleft palate would have caused parents to even reject me, yet He did it and He did it for my good and His glory. Will we not accept everything from God, whether good or bad? And above all, He was immeasurably merciful to me by having me born in the time and place that He did.
Note: Our first Bible study will be the book of Philippians. After this series drops, there will be one Intro to Philippians in mid-January. Our study will run for 8 episodes over February, March, April & May.
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