At thirty-eight years old, I found myself pregnant with my first child. When all my friends were sending their children to middle school and high school, I was just getting started. While I desperately wanted children, I must admit that I wasn’t well versed on the practice of sex, pregnancy, or childbirth. I was raised in a two-parent household where literally all I did was go to school and church. So, though I was an adult, some things I learned in the midst of it.
In my first marriage, after trying for seven years to get pregnant, I realized and appreciated the fact that God said, “Wait.” So waiting is what I did. When I met my now-husband, I found myself in urgent care, after continuous bouts of nausea and vomiting, being informed by the doctor that I was pregnant. Once I got over the shock and denial, I was excited. At that very moment, sitting in urgent care, I realized that God answers your prayers not when you want Him to but when He deems it to be the right time.
My first appointment brought much alarm because I was a high-risk pregnancy due to my age and having uterine fibroids. Later I found out my son was breech. At thirty-five weeks into my pregnancy on a rainy Sunday night in Georgia (September 17, 2012, to be exact), I had an urgent need to urinate not knowing that my water was breaking. (Silly me, I know!) I remember experiencing stomach pains, which were really contractions, while praying and asking God to just get me through the night because I was already scheduled for my doctor’s appointment.
Here is where God said, “Go!” When the pain became unbearable and I became even more scared, I drove myself to the hospital. After several doctors came in to check me, I remember hearing them say, “Ma’am, we checked your cervix to see how far along you are. Because your baby is in a breech position, when we checked, your son’s hand was coming out.” Needless to say I was rushed into emergency surgery for a c-section.
Then, August 18, 2013, I found myself giving birth to my daughter at twenty-one weeks. Yes, you read correctly. She was 1lb 1oz. At twenty-one weeks a baby isn’t even deemed viable. The night before arriving at the hospital, I remember lying down in bed when I started to bleed. Here I go again, trying to treat myself and pray the urgency of the situation away because I wasn’t ready to deal with the potential outcome. Many of us are just like that. We play Ms. Fix-It or Ms. Clean-up, either trying to fix the problem by ourselves or acting like it doesn’t really exist. But, yet again, being high risk with fibroids and a breech baby, I wasn’t willing to play Russian roulette with her life.
By the time I make it to the hospital again I am experiencing contractions. The doctor comes in and says, “You need to plan for her funeral.” He calls in additional team members—not in the hopes of giving her life, but to transport her to glory. He goes through the spiel: she’s only 21 weeks, technically she isn’t viable, we are not going to pursue life sustaining measures. I’m thankful for my husband because at that moment he adamantly interjects (or should I say demands) that they at least give her a chance, “Once she is delivered and you insert the tube and she breathes on her own, praise God, but if you insert the tube and nothing happens, at least we gave her a fighting chance.”
After five months in the NICU on a ventilator, a brain bleed and a retinal detachment, on the 18th of this month, my daughter will be 8 years old. That’s the good news! Despite what man says, God has the final word: She lives! That’s the good news. Despite me trying to fix it or move in my own timing, they live. If I had stayed home and not sought medical attention as quickly as possible, I could have put my babies and myself at risk. So, I’ve learned many lessons during these seasons.
When God says move, move! When man says something can’t be done, God says I can do all things. No prayer prayed to Our Heavenly Father goes unheard, for in His timing He will answer.
Before I remarried, I had subconsciously given up the hope that I would ever have children. It was then that I gained a better appreciation for faith, patience, and prayer. I had to come to terms with the fact that I can’t control God. I can’t make Him answer a prayer the way I want it to be answered or, for that matter, when I want it answered. I had to simply learn how to wait.
I encourage you to trust God—His response and His timing. He knows both what you need and what you can handle. Remember in all these things, GOD CAN!
Maletta Vance says
Taunya Jeffries says
Such a powerful testimony. Thanks for sharing
Cynthia Heastie says
It’s December 28, 2022. I was awakened once again to anxiety and uncertainty towards my future and my finances. My life has not changed much although I speak the word, pray, and praise. I was praying worried about what may or may not change for the new year, than I opened up my email, I believe this story is God’s way of saying, “hold on I got you.” “Your prayers have been heard, all is in perfect order.”
Everything happens in His timing, and He never forgets us. Thank You for sharing your story. God bless you.
Thank you for sharing your testimony. Yes, God can in his own time! We have to wait and listen for the instructions. Praise God!
Thank you for sharing, I am in the waiting phase, at 60 it probably will not be biological so I am open to adoption.
Jennifer Catchings says
What a wonderful testimony of waiting on God! Continue to trust God and wait on His timing.
Reverend Eddie Harris, Jr. says
WHEW! What an amazing introduction of the great things to come, because we learn to wait on God! I am so happy for you and overjoyed that you learned the value of waiting on God! The prophet Isaiah reminds us, “Not since the formation of the world, have ears heard, nor eyes seen a God such as ours, who would work for those that wait for Him!” When we can’t, God can! When we won’t, God will! When we wait, God works! He does the heavy lifting in our lives, because we waited!
Danyel Wajagga says
That is an encouraging story! A STRONG message in that story, and your card will reach many. Thank you, YES GOD CAN!!!
Cathy Peters says
This is so inspiring as well as encouraging. Loved it.
Jacqui Pheanious says
This was a very inspiring story
Sherrel Hicks says
I am learning to trust god not people which is one of my greatest struggle. Story is too long to leave however, I am learning to trust god.
Wow!! God Can!
Now that’s some testimony!
Cheryl Evans says
God is Amazing, An Your Story Proves God’s patience with us.
Naana BA says
God truly can when we trust Him and wait for His timing. Thanks for sharing your testimonies.
What a marvelous reminder, Dear Sister! Yes, our God can…do exceeding and abundantly above our thoughts, ideas, and prayers. And of course our elders always said, “He may not come when we want Him to come…but God is always an on time God.” Love this!
Jayde K. says
THANK YOU! This is exactly what I needed at this moment. Bless you and your family and I am so happy your children are alive! Thank you, your testimony was right on time! Amen.
Felicia Peterson says
To God be the Glory!!! What an awesome testimony of the power of God and an inspiring lesson on trusting God with it all! May God continue to bless you! I am touched and inspired.
This was a beautiful testimony. Thank you for sharing about the miracles of God. I have somewhat of a similar story, where twice God gave me a medical miracle right before my eyes. So I know what you’re saying is true!
Yes, God’s in charge. God’s creates things that are impossible. We just need to relax & show FAITH! He is powerful.Loving & kind. Amen God thank you for your Blessing.
Linda Mims says
Thanks for sharing this powerful message, Micki! We can’t be reminded too many times that God is in charge. We must trust Him.
Thank you for sharing your amazing testimony. I am truly encouraged and may God continue to bless you 🙏
Dolores Washington says
Praise God! Thanking God for this praise report. Man can be doubtful, but we must believe God in every part of our lives.
Your daughter is blessed to have parents that Spirit Filled Believers.
Carol Stevens says
This is a great testimony of faith and obedience to God.👏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾
Praise God 🤩🤩🙌🏾
Your testimony is confirmation that I must follow His will for my life. I have let my anxiety overtake my life. God has His plan and I must wait.
Lisa Trotman says
Sister! I love the message. I experienced the same issue with my son, breech. Sister! I experienced the same issue with my daughter, I was told to go back home and wait for the miscarriage! To date my daughter is 31 years old. My son is 29 years old. I experienced 3 difficult births by cesarean. But God. Thank you so much for your message! Such Inspiration and a blessing as we journey into the New Year and New Season.
This was so amazing and transparent! I feel as believers it’s these stories, these moments that we go through that we live through to tell to someone else! The power of prayer, belief and just trusting in God! He is truly a man of his word and despite the troubling times we come encounter with we must hold strong and relay on He will get us through!!! Thank you for sharing your story!
Marva Reid says
In all things, Praise God! He is ever faithful! Such an awe inspiring narrative!!
Beautiful testimony! God bless you and your family ◇
Doretha Lynn M Lismore says
This reminded me of me when I carried my first and only child. Hope you don’t mind…
“Our God Carries Us Through”
Our God gives us the strength,
We need each and every day,
His love is one we cherish,
And depend on in every way;
He is our God, in whom we trust,
To wake us when we sleep,
His love strengthens us,
As the tears fall from our cheek;
Our God has walked with us,
Throughout our faithful life,
His love always carries us,
When our sickness became strife;
Our God would lovingly hold us,
Protecting us from hurtful pain,
In His bosom he would carry us,
Again, and again;
If we happen to miss a step,
His hands would catch our fall,
He was never far away,
On him we would always call;
Many thought we would give up,
That we would not, could not last,
But who’s Faith are we trusting in?
Only God’s love is holding fast;
Knowing He gave his Son Jesus,
To die in our behalf, who was “TRUE”,
Through his Heavenly Father above,
Whom we know, has carried us through;
So, we are no ways tired of Him,
That constantly holds us in His fold,
Even though he knows we have,
Grown weary and tired in our soul;
We are rejoicing in the hope,
He’s given our family too,
Rejoice, and do give praise to our God,
For He has, and will always, carry us through!!
© 2013, 2020, 2021, 2022
DORETHA LYNN M. LISMORE
Cynthia Daniels-Banks says
Rev. Micki, all I can say is, “Wow and amen . . . Yep, just wow and amen. God is all that and then some!”🙌🏽
THIS WAS SO AWESOME AND WELL SAID. THANK YOU.
Rosetta Perry says
Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is so well written and so inspiring. I thank and praise God that he blessed you and your husband with two children. I know that we do not always know when God will come through for us, but he always does it in a grand fashion. As we walk by faith our trust increases.
Jacqueline Jones says
Yes he can. I prayed for the apartment that I am living in right now. I know he answers prayer. Thank you Jesus.
Enjoyed this read. I’m glad I finally had a chance to read it. It specks volume
Murial Moore says
This Story is an amazing Testament of God’s Faithfulness to deliver on Our Prayers if We remain trusting of and faithful to Him. Amen
Thanks for sharing this amazing testament that patience and faith in God will prevail.
Deborah Carter says
In JESUS Name Amen❤
Amen Amen No one is more powerful Than God.
Thank you. This was what I needed in this moment.
C Thomas says
My Lord! Whew! What a POWERFUL testimony!
Rosa Burrus says
Thank You! Praying That prayer For My Daughter .