PTL!! Where might I begin, but to say God has been good to me. My life has been a journey of one amazing miracle after another. When I was 12, I woke one day to pain all over my body and by that evening I was completely crippled in my legs. After a 3 month stay in the hospital I was diagnosised with Lupus and JRA. I left the hospital on crutches and a part time wheelchair. After months of excruciating and painful therapy I still could not walk with both of my legs. During a service a year later, God healed me and I have never been crippled again.
Many years later in another service, God sent a prophecy and told me "that he would grant my hearts desire". For those who don't know, I wasn't advised to ever have any children due to my lupus. A year later I gave birth to a premature baby boy. Matthew weighed in at 1 lb and 14 oz. He was 13 inches long. Matthew's lungs collasped multiple times, his heart fell out of his sac causing him to need immediate heart surgery. A fighter he was, I was told that he would probably be retarded due to the brain bleeds, his extremely small size and the cranial cysts on his head, but PTL, 19 years later Matthew is a M.I.T. (minister in training) working for God, graduated top of his class and is presently in college planning on becoming a doctor himself. My God is truly Good.
When Matthew was 4, through another prophecy, God promised me another child and in 1997 I gave birth to another baby boy, Jacob who was also premature weighing 3 lbs and 14 oz. He was 17 inches long. Jacob like Matthew, had many medical problems of his own, but again P.T.L. Jacob is now 13 years old and full of the Holy Ghost and working hard for God. He is doing great in school and makes the honor roll every quarter. We are so proud of him.
Yet another promise from God was on the way. My husband and I knew that I could not have another baby after Jacob due to my Lupus. My heart stopped on the table after having Matthew and I spent 5 days in ICU. My body was a wreck from having Jacob and it took me almost 2 full years to recover from that pregnacy. But God knew our hearts and from another prophecy years before, God had promised to "double what the devil had taken from me". I have been through many trials in my life and God has been with me all the while.
In 2001, during a Sunday morning service, the pastor called me out and prophecied to me and said, "God told me to tell you that if you will be faithful to him and be patient, that he was going to grant me the daughter I'd longed for". Oh, the joy that flooded my soul, and of course my husband and I started to plan right away. Only we didn't know how patient we would have to be. When thought that it would be from over seas, so we checked out every avenue, then we thought it would be through foster care, so we went thru the training, but little did we know that our child was coming from somewhere we never dreamed. Every night I prayed and continued to try to help God out, but finally in 2007 one night I told God, "your just gonna have to drop her in our lap". One year later that is what he did.
In May 2008, our daughter joined our home about 9:00 one night, she was 17 months old, and had been neglected, abandoned and abused, but God dropped her in our arms late that Friday night and she was home. God moved and on Feb. 9th, 2010 every became official and we had our daughter. Born December 29, 2006, weighing in at 7lbs and 6oz. The amazing thing is that this child had actually crossed our path when she was 3 months old, we got to see her for the first time, not ever knowing that she was to be ours.
Our God is a great big God. We can not even begin to comprehend all the blessings he has for us. This is only the short version, because with each of my children, there are so many more miracles that I could never write them all here. By the way our children are now Matthew 19, Jacob 13 and our beautiful daughter is Faith Isabella - 3 years old. It was our Faith that brought her to us and Isabella means beautiful and that she is.
My God is truly an Awesome God.