Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Trust and Obey

Today is my middle child's birthday, so I've been reminiscing all day.
It's hard to believe 26 years have flown by since I gave birth to my second precious baby girl! It's also hard to believe that so many years have passed since I went through a very traumatic pregnancy.
At that time, I was thrilled to be expecting my second child, but some routine tests indicated a problem with the baby I was carrying. More tests only confirmed that there was a problem--most likely spina bifida. The doctors even spoke with me about ending the pregnancy--which was OUT OF THE QUESTION for me. The Lord had given me this baby to carry and deliver, and I would do the very best I could.
But those months of waiting were NOT easy. Emotionally preparing myself that I'd most likely be caring for a special-needs child were scary, because I wanted to be the best mom I could be. Would I be able to do everything needed for this child--plus take care of the almost-three year-old I already had?
My tears and worrying culminated one day as I looked in the mirror and told myself that I couldn't do anything on my own---BUT with God's help I COULD accomplish whatever I needed to!  It was as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders, and even my doctor's nurse later told me that she'd noticed a change (for the better) in my outlook at that particular time in my pregnancy.
I began humming and singing that old hymn, Trust and Obey, and those words took on a new, stronger meaning for me. To this day that hymn is still very dear to me, and I often play it on my piano.
Praise be to God that when I gave birth to my sweet baby girl in early October, she was PERFECT!!! NO birth defects or problems of any kind---completely normal and healthy. And beautiful, I might add. With a head full of red hair that the nurse styled with a little curl on top, she was the most precious sight as I lay in my hospital bed.
Going through that experience all those years ago has taught me that no matter what we may go through in life, we should always, always do the best we can and TRUST AND OBEY, knowing that our Lord has everything in His very capable
   Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.   1 Peter 5:7


Sherida Stewart said...

Patti Jo-Seekerville's peach goodies provider! I found your blot via your comment on Karen's post on agent Steve's blot about LIGHT (my One Word for the year). Your post about trust and obey-and that journey through an anxious pregnancy, is something I also went through 29 years ago. Good to find your blog! I always enjoy your Seekerville comments and Georgia treats! Blessings!

CatMom said...

Hi Sherida! I am SO happy you've visited my little blog today (hope you'll come back again!).

I'm sorry you also experienced an anxious pregnancy many years ago. Thankfully as Christians we know WHO is in control--I cannot imagine going through a difficult time without the Lord.

I hope you're doing well. Maybe one day we'll meet in person--you seem like such a sweet lady.
Blessings, Patti Jo :)

Sherida Stewart said...

Yes, hopefully we'll meet in person! Just saw that you "liked" my page. :) Thanks! "See" you in Seekerville! Blessings!

Jackie Smith said...

And don't forget those mmmmm pecan pies Patti Jo

another Seekerville reader

Sherida Stewart said...

Absolutely, Jackie! Yum!

Jill Stengl said...

What a beautiful story, Patti Jo! It truly is amazing, the peace God can give us in the midst of great trials. My second delivery was an emergency C-section--we came frighteningly near to losing our Anne Elisabeth. I well remember the sense of peace he gave to me while the doctors were scrambling.
God had big plans for our girls, didn't He?

CatMom said...

Sherida and Jackie,
You ladies are so cute! Wouldn't it be FUN if the entire "Seekerville gang" could meet together in person? I'd gladly provide all the goodies for the party. *smile*
Thanks for stopping by my corner!
Hugs, Patti Jo

CatMom said...

Hi Jill!
I'm sorry you went through a scary experience with the birth of precious Anne Elisabeth. But you're so right--the peace God gives us is amazing.
And YES ~ The Lord certainly did have big plans for our girls!
Hugs, Patti Jo