Thursday, January 1, 2009

41 years ago


In a small army hospital early on New Year's day a woman with 2 boys gave birth to her two daughters. These babies, born as number 3 and number 4 of the sparkling new year, 1968 would prove that God does answer prayer and miracles still happen. Born between 26-28 weeks gestation these babies were two of the smallest and earliest babies born at that time. The doctors told the parents that Baby A had a 50% chance to live and that baby B had 0% chance to live They also told the parents if the babies did live, they would have many problems, most likely be of lower IQ and not be able to graduate high school much less college. They painted a bleak picture. The parents were not allowed to see or touch their twin girls. At that time, it was not known that babies needed their mother's touch to help them survive.


3 days later the mom was able to watch them through the nursery window. Twin B stopped breathing and turned blue and grey. Nurses and doctors rushed to her aid and the mother, turned and fled to her room to crash upon the floor on her knees before the ONLY ONE who could intervene. Already, people across the nation were praying and prayer chains stretched nation wide. AS she prayed she told God how she wanted her babies but that she surrendered to the will of the Father.

I am hear to tell you, that God does not work by chance. He gives second chances. He creates something from nothing. He takes what is considered a 0% chance of life and makes it into 100%. The reason I knows is I am that 0% chance. When my sister and I were born there were not neonatal units or specialized IV for tiny baby arms, or any of what medicine has wonderfully been blessed with today. BUT we had a mother who PRAYED. And we had a LORD who answered. As I think about my 41 years on this planet I am awed by the handiwork of God. He has given me blessings beyond measure. I do not have fame or worldly goods. We are far from wealthy, just squeaking by.......BUT......we are making it and our needs are met. I have a wonderful, God fearing husband. I have 3 beautiful children who already love their Lord. I have a Savior who has done more for me than anyone ever could.

I am truly and completely awed by my KING. He is my everything. I tell my story again and again each birthday because what God did all those years ago is still impacting my world. He has a plan for each of us. It doesn't matter what doctors say. It doesn't matter what medicine can or can't do. IF God speaks.......things happen and things change. If God speaks.....miracles are wrought we can not even see.

So to my God and my King.....thank you for my life, thank you for my salvation. Thank you for a mother who didn't believe the doctors but turned to the one who could do anything. Thank you that she did not believe my IQ was less than normal and raised me to believe in Jesus and that through HIM I can do anything. God is greater than anything in this world or any negative words of this world

Thank you Jesus.

4 comments:

Amy said...

Happy Birthday!

And what an amazing testimony you have!

Heather said...

Thelma,
I love to hear this story. I'm so glad you choose to tell it to His glory.

Happy Birthday!

Thelma said...

thanks ladies. And to God be the glory for great things He has done in my life and heart and soul. God alone gets any credit for my life and where I am today....and what I do each day. Without Him....I .....well I would not be me.

Rebekah said...

Happy Birthday....belated wishes since my blogging is so far behind. What a beautiful story you have, Thelma - thank you for sharing it. Praise the LORD for the testimony He's given you!