A TESTIMONY!
Over the past year and a half I have really become a believer that God's desire is to help us.

I really began to see the effects of this when my wife and I were in the process of buying our house.  One of the major holdups we encountered was the well that supplies the water to the house.  We had it tested and were told that it was not producing enough water.  We had to have the well hydro-fractured to increase the water flow.  We were told that this procedure is about 99% effective and there is a possibility that it would damage the well further.  This was the only thing holding us up from proceeding to purchase the house.  Heather and I really wanted to resolve this, as we wanted to be in this house.  This procedure was scheduled for late in the week.  We were praying and believing all week that it would be a success.  My wife remembered the scripture that says "And the Lord said to Moses, "...you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people may drink." (Exodus 17:5,6) (Hydro-fracturing involves "striking" the bedrock with very high-pressured water.)  That Wednesday I realized that God was there to help us. 

As we sat in someone's apartment having bible study that night we all had a drink with us.  Myself, I had a glass of water.  About halfway through the study I finished my glass of water and had nothing else to drink.  After the meeting I proceeded to clean up.  When I picked up my glass it was half filled with water.  From that point forward I knew that God was with us and would help us to get what we wanted.  Later that week the procedure on the well was a success.

The second direct experience was while trying to conceive.  My wife and I knew that this was something we wanted for a long time.  Finally, about ten months ago, we decided to go forward and try to make this dream come true.  We were unsuccessful for awhile.  It was tough at times because our desire was so strong; it just didn't seem to be happening.  Mother's Day was especially discouraging for Heather.  We kept hearing, "Happy Mother's Day to all mothers," which made her feel excluded. One of the students at her school (my wife's a high-school teacher) even said to her, "Happy Mother's Day for when you are a mother."  It seemed like everyone we knew either just had a baby or was expecting and was included in that group.  And various relatives who didn't know that we were "trying" would always ask, "So when are you two going to have a baby?"

It is important not to get offended in the Lord and I don't think that we ever felt directly offended in Him but disappointed in ourselves. We knew, however, that God was with us and He wanted this for us just as much as we wanted it.  Our pastors helped us to remember this by giving us scriptures to believe in, and by praying with us and for us.  Some of the scriptures that we stood on were, "He makes the barren woman to be a homemaker and a joyful mother of spiritual children. Praise God!" (Psalm 113:9)and "If two of you on earth (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever (anything and everything) they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in Heaven." (Matthew 18:18)

Well, we found out on August 3rd that we are now going to have what we wanted!  We are very excited to welcome our child into this world next year.  He will know what we now know, that God will always be with him and that he can have what he wants as God will be there to help him.  We have already begun to teach him this and will never stop. And we're continuing to believe God for a healthy pregnancy and a painless delivery.

Heather is presently in her 9th week, and everyone keeps asking if she has been sick, but the answer is always, "No! And she won't be!"  I thank God and those that He used for bringing us into the reality of His Word.   .
Mitchell James

10 lbs. 1 ounce
21 inches long

Praise God!
by Michael D.
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