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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Brick Walls and a Baby

Recently one of my college instructors wanted us to watch/listen to Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture. I had watched this lecture seven years ago when it was an internet sensation. However, I needed a refresher viewing since it was linked to an assignment.

So many things he said were pure gold. A few outstanding gems are…

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

“It's not how hard you hit. It's how hard you get hit...and keep moving forward.”

“Brick walls aren't put in our life to stop us, they are there to test how much we really want something.”

In life I have had my fair share of brick walls.

Red brick crinkle crankle or serpentine wall at Easton, Suffolk, England:

Every year at this time I am reminded of one of the biggest brick walls I ever had to scale in order to claim my hearts desire. 

Mr. Décor and I were once told that we would never have a baby. NEVER. It was impossible.

Now sometimes you should read the writing on the wall and look for another path.

At the time we were living in Germany and so foster care and adoption was not an option for us.

There are other times you must ignore the writing (which may be in a foreign language) and have tremendous faith.

"Author's Writing on the Wall" -- " unknown Chinese author... covered every wall in an abandoned cottage in Chongqing, China with the words of their novel... Including illustrations, too..." -- Click through to see another photo, including the illustration.:

This is the route I chose to take.

I had a War Room 15 years before it became a hit.

Post your Prayer Requests on the Instapray App. Pray with the whole world --------->

I picked out bible verses that spoke of faith.

Matthew 17:20. This was the verse that brought me back into my Abba' s (Heavenly Father's) arms after years of wandering lost in the dark... Praise Jesus!!:

I pinned up verses on heart desires.

Post your Prayer Requests on Instapray. Pray with the whole world --------->

I also pinned up image after image of the cutest babies.

Cute Newborn Baby Boy One Month Old From GOD Picture- to do this with Stormy would be awesome because we have a black and white one with a pink bow of Hannah from when she was born. I like that it would be symmetry.:

Then I became relentless in prayer. I was incessant, unceasing and persistent.

Bible verses:

Now I truly believe God always answers our prayers. Sometimes just not in the way we had envisioned.

That's exactly what he did. He told me to wait & gave me the best boyfriend I could ever ask for.:

We had to wait.

Three YEARS of waiting. Three years of praying. Three years of climbing wall after wall.

During this time I was working at the Landstuhl Hospital as manager of the USO. I had become friends with a semi regular customer, Dr. Nah, from Nigeria. He popped in about once a week for a snack or chat.

One day school was cancelled. I can no longer remember why, only that I was very irritated! It meant that I had to bring my daughter to work with me. Coincidently Dr. Nah came by on that same day and met her.

The next time he came in he asked me about my other children. I told him that she was my only child. Dr. Nah, an obstetrician, said, “Oh but you should have more children.” I replied that I would love to have more children but we had been told that we couldn’t. His face was truly crestfallen and he simply said “Oh I see.”

The next time Dr. Nah came by he placed a business card on my desk. He very firmly stated, “This is my daughter. She works at a clinic in Homburg. She will help you.”

That evening an American military wife told her Panamanian born husband that a Nigerian doctor had emphatically told her that a German clinic was going to help them have a baby. Another year and a half was filled with tremendous heartbreak. Money was running out. I was still unceasing in prayer but it seemed as if we had to accept the inevitable.

It was then, at long last, hope arrived.


That hope turns 14 this Wednesday.


“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” 1 Samuel 1:27


Jane said...

Such a wonderful blessing and a testament to your tremendous faithfulness!

Auntie Em said...

I sometimes hear people glibly use the verse...'Oh ye of little faith.' But when a story comes along that proves the strength there is in faith, it really proves how much it is worth.
Happy Birthday Almost Grown up Sweet Guy! :)

Vicki said...

Thank you for sharing this inspiring testimony of faith. What an awesome blessing! Happy Birthday, sweet guy!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laura he really is such a blessing and so is the fashionista. You are a fabulous mom and your children are just as fabulous.

daysease said...

Such a beautiful testimony. How I praise the Lord for His provision, and carw, and answered prayer over you. How I glorify His name, and rejoice!!!! ((Hug))

Kristen King said...

I'm so happy for you that your prayer was answered the way you wanted. Sometimes the answer is it was for me, and after 15 years I'm okay with that. We were given a wonderful son who is a huge blessing for my husband and I, and we love him more than anyone could ever love a child. But the answer to our prayer for a second was no.

Lisa said...

Nothing is sweeter than victory that is hard won! This is such a powerful testimony and now when you look at your miracle baby son I know you can see how the plan of God and the power of His hand played out in your circumstance. Thank you for sharing Laura! And Happy Birthday to your son!
PS Wasn't War Room fabulous! Of course I cried the whole way through but loved it!

Katie Mansfield said...

What a wonderful story and a great reminder.

Christine said...

You are blessed!
Happy Birth-Day Laura.

Karena Albert said...

Dear Laura, your commitment to your faith inspires me tremendously. I went to church with my mother, sister and niece this had been quite some time..

The Arts by Karena

Kelley Dibble said...

It's my prayer that millions of other barren women everywhere not give up hope!


A very happy week it is to celebrate!

Love 'n hugs,
Letters Unfolded

Lorrie said...

What a wonderful story of faith. Happy birthday to your miracle.

Angela Boone said...

Thanks so much for posting this. It always helps to hear from others who have been in the same place we have. Our oldest miracle is four and our youngest miracle is due next month. God is good.

The Boston Lady said...

There are so many miracles in this world. We just need to open our hearts and minds to them. Ian, you are a wonderful miracle and I look forward to following your journey via your mom. We, in our world have experienced challenges and what I consider miracles. God is here. Ann

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! What a wonderful testimony of faith!

Vel Criste said...

What a wonderful story of faith and blessing, thank you for sharing this with us Laura!