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Today’s Thursday Encouragement
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” — Isaiah 26:3, ESV
It has been a little over a week since we experienced a day full of conflicting emotions: exhilaration and joy followed by uncertainty and fear followed by relief and exhaustion. It was one of the happiest days of my life but also one of the scariest yet through it all, I felt the peace of the Lord with me. I will go into more detail in a future post, but the shortened version is this:
A little over a week ago our second child (pseudonym Pickle) was born after a fast yet intense labor and delivery. I felt the first strong contraction at 5:43am and he was born exactly three hours later at 8:43am. He was 6 lbs 10 oz and 18 inches long. Other than a rather painful second degree tear (Ouch!) everything was great. Pickle was nice and healthy and we were able to spend a few hours doing skin-to-skin and he practiced nursing.
Then, about four hours after delivery when the nurse was checking on me, she became concerned with my level of bleeding and the size of the clots I was passing. She called her supervising RN for a second opinion and they in turn called my doctor. After an extremely painful physical exam (the most painful thing I have ever experienced in my life and I have birthed two children without pain medicine!), my doctor had me rushed down to surgery. Though the words were never spoken, everyone knew what the concerns were: possible postpartum hemorrhaging.
I had my husband call my parents to come back to the hospital and then he said a prayer over me. Pickle was wheeled off to the nursery and I was wheeled downstairs to the operating room. My doctor kept reassuring me that she did not believe anything was seriously wrong but she needed to make sure. I kissed my husband goodbye and said another prayer as the thought “I could be dying. I might not see him or my children again.” flashed through my mind. But the peace of God was over me and I was so very calm. The procedure was long, and unknown to me, dozens of our family, friends, and church members were praying.
The doctor could not find a source for the exceeding bleeding. She preformed a minor D&C, added more stitches, and did a full internal examination. Afterward the whole procedure and by the grace of God, the bleeding lessened to the normal amount for post-birth and I no longer had any large clots. The experience was surreal, but the whole time I was on the operating table and later in recovery, I was talking with the Lord and felt no fear despite the uncertainty of the situation.
The words of Isaiah 26:3 says: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” And that day, a day filled with celebration and concern, I experienced that promise firsthand. No matter what you are going through, when you trust in the Lord, He will give you His peace.
Now it is your turn! What verse or passage is blessing you today?
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Praising God for His wonderful care & the loving peace He bestowed!
Amen! God is so good!
Oh my!!! Your story is amazing. I am SO glad that everything worked out and your body is on its way to healing. God is so good!!! Your verse today is perfect. I am glad to have you back, and I am glad you and Pickle are doing well.
God is so good! I was very blessed that it turned out not to be as serious as it could have been, but also blessed with a great doctor and medical team had it been so.
This is amazing, we didn’t know it was this bad.
I’m going to keep this verse in mind over the next week, I’m going to need it. Every day of this pregnancy, God keeps reminding me “You are my girl, I’ve got you taken care of.” Not a Bible verse, but the peace that comes is the same…
*hug* It was hard to share at the time because everything happened very fast and then afterwards, we were just so relieved everything was good. But the prayers were most appreciated. As it says in James 5:16, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
Praise the Lord for keeping you safe and for bringing sweet Pickle into your life!