Based on a True Story

It is hard to believe that we have been home for three weeks now and looking back at a chapter of our lives called NICU; I am filled with a flood of emotions.  For starters, I have a much deeper respect for parents, I now know first-hand what sleep deprivation is, and I have felt a new kind of love only a parent can understand.  Recently, God has been bombarding me with this thought: when we hear something is based on a true story, it has greater significance and it hits deeper than stories based on fiction.  The correlation I believe He wanted me to understand is that we all have a personal testimony that is based on a true story: His and ours.

Currently, our life feels like some bad dream that won’t end because we just got back for the pediatric ER where we found out Sydney now has viral pneumonia.  Although, we are thankful it was not RSV or something worse, we were still very discouraged.  As we were sitting in the room waiting for the test results, I was already playing out bad-news scenarios when I finally caught myself and remembered that the same God who was with us during our time in the NICU was with us now and all the fear and anxiety I was being burdened with were wasted emotions.  God was already at work and even though this chapter of our life seems to be turning into a book; it is one based on a true story of God’s goodness and mercy.  He has supplied for all of our needs and I know even in this latest development, He is at work.  No matter what we are walking through, He is waiting to lead us out and even in our darkest hour and deepest heartache, He can make a way where there seems to be no way.  God knows the heart of a parent; His heart breaks when ours do and I have to believe that He would not allow any of this to happen without a divine purpose.  Even though I cannot always see Him at work, I know He is accomplishing more than I can fathom.  All I can do is trust in Him and tell my true story…

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8 thoughts on “Based on a True Story

  1. sheri odle says:

    Thank you Lord for your faithfulness to Jeff. Kristin, and Sydney. Father be glorified because what Jesus did for Sydney. He carried her sickness and diseases on himself nailed to the cross once and for all. Not just pretty words but truth that has set her free. In Jesus powerful name. Amen and Amen!

  2. Your words are encouraging and it makes me embrace the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ is extravagant to understand his love. But I never stop believing in him.

  3. Sherri says:

    Good word Jeff. We can’t wait to meet the little princess. I know she will be better soon. Praying you get a good night sleep tonight as well.

  4. Carissa says:

    Well said! As parents our needs always come second, especially when it comes to sleep. We continue to keep your small family in our prayers here in our Illinois home. One thing I tried to always remember when my oldest was in her premie stage of life was……… if I can make it through this with.her not only does it make our bond stronger, my love for her deeper, but I am one step closer to seeing her grow up into a strong and confident young lady. Remember these days well… they will be all but sweet memories before you know it. Have a great weekend and I hope she feels better very soon! <3

  5. well said and beautiful and completely relatable. Praying for a complete healing for your little miracle.

  6. Kim says:

    I’m going through this nightmare now and pressing into The Lord as best I can. He feels so far away. Please pray for my son Troy and our family.

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