Updated Wednesday: Thank you, thank you so very much for encouraging my friend. Oh my goodness! How can I ever thank you enough for the wonderful comments you have all left on her blog? I cried tears of joy and thankfulness reading through them all. What a beautiful blessing your words are to Janine and her hubby Brett. Thank you for your incredible love poured out for one sweet family in need of encouragement.
Life is a crazy thing, isn’t it? One day we’re singing God’s praises from the highest mountaintop, literally feeling on top of the world.
And the next thing we know…life happens. God allows us to see things from a different point of view. He calls us to walk–clinging to His Word, hanging onto His promises and finding shelter in the shadow of His wings. It’s called the valley. That place where we are so stretched and so very challenged that the only way to look is up–seeking His face with everything we have.
Sometimes God calls us to walk a road which is hard–more difficult than we ever could have imagined. It’s the things we never see coming our way, but sometimes wonder if they ever did, how would we cope? How would we ever deal with the things that others go through?
These days I feel like everywhere I look I see people having to press into the Father like never before. I see faith being tested and hearts being stretched to trust HIM–in the midst of pain, suffering, questioning, and turmoil. I must admit that it’s hard when I see people I love so dearly walking the road marked with suffering. Everything in me wants to make it all better for them. But, I cannot. Thankfully, I know the ONE who can heal every broken heart and shine His glory into the darkest of situations. And all He expects of me is to pray for them without ceasing.
And so today I come to you all asking for your prayers for one of my dearest friends in the world who is walking the most difficult journey of her life. Janine and I have been friends for many years. She lives in my hometown in South Africa. She is one of the most amazing women of a mighty God whom I have ever had the privilege of knowing in real life. This girl is the real deal. She loves God passionately. She is as beautiful inside as she is on the outside.
Jan and her hubby, Brett, trusted the Lord for many years to add a baby to their little family. They already have two beautiful girls and longed for another. Finally, at the beginning of this year, they found out they are expecting again. The Father answered their prayers and blessed them with the desire of their hearts–another baby. A boy this time. Hallelujah!
A few weeks ago I shared their story with you. I told you that their baby boy, Zac, had been diagnosed with an extremely complex heart condition. Only one chamber is visible and doctors are very concerned. Medically speaking, they have been given very little to no hope. Doctors have told them that it is unlikely that Zac will survive outside of the womb. It seems as if they will only know the full extent of little Zac’s heart condition once he is born. You can read about his heart here.
Unfortunately, due to their hometown not having the expertise to handle a heart condition of this nature, the family is having to travel to Cape Town (which is eight hours away) for Zac’s birth. There they will be in the most experienced hands available and Zac will be able to receive the best possible care.
We have already seen the hand of God all over Janine’s pregnancy. Both of her previous births were very premature. This time, by the grace of God, their little one is still holding tight at 36 weeks. This is good news as it gives him more time to gain much needed weight. Today he weighed in at over two kilograms, which is a huge victory. The bigger he gets, the better.
On Wednesday morning my dear friend and her family will make their way to Cape Town. On Thursday Janine will have more scans done. In just a few days they will get to meet their precious, precious little boy. What a journey the last few weeks have been for them–filled with the many highs from being saturated in the love of Jesus and the peace that passes all human understanding, and many emotional lows when you hear the worst possible news expecting parents can hear. I cannot even imagine.
Together with all their family and friends, we are standing, trusting and believing for a new heart for Zac. We are not waivering in our faith to believe that our God is still in the business of miracles and that by His stripes, Zac is healed! Will you please pray with me in the next few days? Will you join your prayers with ours that Zac will be healed, in the name of Jesus?
Please can I ask you guys a favor? If you have a minute, would you mind please stopping by Janine’s blog and leaving her a short note of encouragement? Even if it is just a scripture to hold onto in the days to come. I know it would mean the world to my sweet friend. I so appreciate it.
Thank you, friends. I am so grateful that I can come to you with all prayer requests–whether it be for a orphan urgently needing a family, or a baby in the womb desperately needing a miracle. Thank you for BEING the body of Christ who cares so deeply.
I appreciate you all very much.
Thank you for praying. Blessed be the name of the LORD!