Thursday, March 19, 2009

Another chapter in our story...

Sometimes God say NO
"God always answers our prayers, but sometimes the answer is no." - Author Unknown

In April of 2006 Ryan and I were asked to share our story of waiting with our church family. The sermon that night was titled, "When God Says No." God had clearly said no to us the previous summer when we lost our first baby. Ten months later we were waiting on the Lord and His perfect timing for our next baby.

In the season that followed we learned that when God says no, there is nothing you can do to turn that no into a yes. You can beg, plead, petition and go before the throne of the Almighty. And He promises to listen. He always listens. But sometimes His answer is still no.

And when God says no it is painful. So heart-wrenchingly painful. Author Ginger Garrett says, "When the answer is no the Bible instructs us to praise him, pour out our hearts to him...and to wait." We learned God's answers weren't for us to try to understand. Our role was to walk in faith for that day...trusting, believing and hoping that in God's grand timing He would say "yes."

Sometimes God says YES
"When God saith, "I will," all the devils in hell cannot turn aside the blessing, and all the ages of eternity cannot change the King's Word." - Charles Spurgeon

When God says yes, there is nothing you nor I can do to stop it. That is a wonderful, yet scary truth. We are not in control. Our lives, our futures, our marriages, our families, our finances, our relationships...God says "yes" and God says "no" in HIS beautiful and perfect timing.

God said "yes" to us last fall when we were given the miraculous gift of Samuel.

And today, it is with a heart so overwhelmed with the goodness of God, that I tell you that He has once again said "Yes."

We were no longer praying, petitioning and asking the Lord for our miracle. We were celebrating the one given to us. But the Lord decided it was time for another "Yes."

I am pregnant. Yes, pregnant.

We are amazed.

We are shocked.

We are grateful.

Grateful for God's "No" that eventually led us to Samuel. And grateful that He has chosen to bless us with another "Yes."

After three ultrasounds, and much prayer, we believe that a healthy baby is growing in my womb. In September Samuel will be a big brother.

We are shaking our heads at God's timing...His plans...His humor.

God you continue to write a story so unbelievable, so amazing, and so perfect that we are in awe of you. 3 1/2 years ago I could not have imagined the journey you had in store for us. Nor would I have wanted to know. Your story is much better than mine. Your story is far more beautiful. Your story gives you all the glory. Your story is one of Hope. Your "no" is filled with hope and your "yes" is full of hope. Thank you for being a God of Hope through it all.


JalenasMommy said...

Congrats! I read too fast, then had to re-read. I am so happy for you all. What a blessing. May God continue to bless you and your family.

Life In Mazes said...

God is so good and I am amazed at how he has revealed to your heart such truth and grace. Congratulations on your newest miracle. Samuel will be the best big brother and I so glad God is working such miracles in your life! Amazing!!!

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

There are no words to express my happiness right now!! You may have to turn this blog into a book- it will be a best-seller in minutes! What an awesome story of God's plan :)

Anonymous said...

Amazing. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS Ryan, Stacy and Samuel!!

I'm so happy for all of you! Break out the writeaway family stationary- you're going to have to add another family memeber!

"Miss" Rachel

JellyBelly said...

congratulations!!!! samuel is going to be quite the big brother!

Dracomama said...

Congratulations! This is just amazing! I'll keep the FOUR of you in my prayers - what a blessing!

Sew said...

OH DEAR GOD! Praise Jesus! I am so happy for you! I don't even know what to type!

Our God is a great God of surprises!

tiffany said...

Oh my goodness Stacy. This is truly wonderful, amazing, awe-inspiring. Congratulations to you, Ryan and Samuel. God bless!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Your story is absolutly amazing! This shows that God really wants to Bless us and loves us so much.
We are so happy for you and hope that everything will go great for your little family that you have stared.
The Hoyt's

Anonymous said...

I love this story and I'm grateful that I finally get to hear the second act...When God says Yes! That's two yes's in one year, I'd say it's worth the wait! We are thrilled for your family!!! I'm even more excited that we get to experience our pregnancy's together!
We love you! Liz

Faith for Fertility said...

Congratulations! Your story is beautiful. You are a light for those struggling with infertility. You have such faith in God it brings tears to my eyes. What a beautiful family.