It amazes me how God crafts our stories before we’re even born.
Even the new baby we’re expecting in October has a story already. In our last update, we briefly mentioned there were some concerns about our baby that required further investigation. An additional scan in Newcastle revealed problems with the baby's stomach (duodenal atresia) and heart (tetralogy of fallot) that will require surgery soon after birth. Additionally the doctor believes there's a high likelihood the baby will have Down Syndrome.
This news knocked us off our feet, but it wasn't a surprise to God. He is faithful, and has a plan for this little one.
We've been blessed by the love, support and prayers we're receiving from around the world from those that already know some of the details. Many have been praying for healing for the baby and peace for us.
I recently read the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the fiery furnace. Because of their refusal to bow to King Nebuchadnezzar's statue, they were cast into the fiery furnace. Before they received their sentence, they told the king they were confident God would deliver them, but even if God didn't deliver them, they would still worship Him (Daniel 3:17-18).
This lesson is one that we're learning as we walk through this season of life. We know that God can heal this baby of his or her abnormalities, and that is our prayer. We also know that even if He doesn't heal our little one, He's still good. We also pray that God will give us the love, strength, courage, peace and wisdom to raise this sweet baby He has blessed our family with.
Please join us in prayer over the next several weeks and months as we anticipate our new baby's arrival and all the uncertainties that come with him or her.