Kristi's Testimony - Blessed Be Your Name

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  1. Joshua Rhodes

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    I thought I would share my wife's testimony from our Spring Worship Musical last Sunday THE POWER OF CHRIST IN ME. Maybe it will encourage you as it seemed to have really touched our church body. I pray that it does.

    Isaiah 43 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God…”

    Joshua and I had been married just over three months when we discovered we were pregnant. At first we were shocked, but also very excited. Just one month earlier I was diagnosed with diabetes, so the doctor was concerned about our pregnancy, which was now classified as “high risk.”

    We had a scare at the beginning, only 2 weeks after finding out we were pregnant. The doctor thought I might be miscarrying – so he did an ultrasound – and there she was, our perfect baby with a strong healthy heartbeat. On March 8th, 2006, we found out we had a baby girl on the way – and we were floating on Cloud 9.

    I remember the first movements I felt, seeing her on ultrasound after ultrasound. She was perfect – ten fingers, ten toes, strong heartbeat, hiccupping, sucking her thumbs, putting her face right into the ultrasound camera as if she was saying, “here I am, ready to meet the world.” We saw our perfect baby alive 11 times on ultrasound before sorrow hit us like a ton of steel.

    On July 6th, exactly 21 months ago today, only 11 days from her due date, our daughter Michael Lynn Rhodes, had died in my womb. She never knew pain, sorrow, or sin like we do. She flew immediately into the arms of Christ, and for that we rejoice for her. She’s already attained the one thing that we strive for more than any other: to look into the face of her Creator and Savior, for who is like God? In fact, that’s the meaning of Michal’s name: “Who is like God.”

    Shortly after finding out that Michal died, I realized that I still had to deliver her into this world. I was filled with an overwhelming grief and sadness – all this for a baby we would bury at the end of the week.

    I labored for a long 46 hours before telling Joshua that I would die or grief, if I had to have a C-Section. Only an hour later the doctor told me the situation: because of the circumstances, if they didn’t do a C-Section now and fast – that I risked dying myself, let alone having any future children.

    Michal was born July 9th at 1:28am, 7 lb. 5 oz., 18 1/2 inches and she was absolutely gorgeous. I was so full of love for her, as well as grief, anger, and hurt like I had never felt before. People ask me if I grieve. Yes, I do. Not all the time. I don’t think about it every day. But whenever anniversaries, milestones and birthdays roll around; I realize again that she won’t be here for the piano recitals, the graduation, the wedding, the children. So yes, I grieve. So does Joshua.

    The Bible tells us we do not grieve as those who have no hope. Hope is not reserved for the future; it’s the way we stand in the present, because of the confidence we have in God. Without hope, I would be a bitter, anxious, and depressed person. Even in the face of tragedy – we have a hope of future joys and eventually heaven, where we will see our daughter once again.

    When we celebrate the resurrection, we proclaim that our God is the Creator and Sustainer – the Lord over life and death. My present and my future are in His hands. And I believe He can be trusted with it.

    Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise.
    When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say:
    "Blessed be the name of the Lord! Blessed be Your glorious name!"​
     
  2. PastorSBC1303

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    Joshua, you and your wife remain in my prayers. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    wow...Joshua thank you to you and your wife for sharing this with us.
     
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    Thanks for sharing this with us. In 1995 I lost my son after having him with us for ten days. The testimony brought back the pain and feeling of loss that I went through. But it also brought back all the ways God was there for us then and even now after all these years.

    It still amazes me how God works good out of my sorrow.

    God Bless
     
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    My sister-in-law gave birth to her second daughter this same way. Mary would have been 3 years old now. Her mother still grieves, and she, too, will always mark the anniversaries.

    But thankfully, her hope is as yours and Kristi's. We who grieve still feel the pain of that grief, but we also know the joy of the Comforter.

    Thank you for sharing this. You are both in my prayers.
     
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    Thanks everyone. We are praying to the Lord about trying to get pregnant again this year. We cherish your prayers.
     
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    What a testimony....
     
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    I've seen the testimonies of women who have been through this as a believer. It's amazing how God has carried them through - and brought them to a place of strength and rest in Him AND they've been able to minister to others who have to face this same grief.

    Joshua - I remember when you lost your daughter and it broke my heart to hear. I do pray that you and your wife will have another precious little one very soon.
     
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    Kristi discovered Sunday that she is indeed pregnant for the second time. She had an appointment with her new OB yesterday, and they're going to be monitoring her pregnancy starting now. Please pray... we are surprised and excited... but cautious and guarding our hearts right now. Thanks!
     
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    Will Do.:thumbs:
     
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    Praise the LORD , for He is good ! I pray that all will be well for you this time.
    Gwyneth:praying: :praying:
     
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    Thank you for sharing! You both are in my prayers!
     
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    In my prayers as well...
     
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    Joshua

    God bless your heart, Brother!! The mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ endures forever, doesn't it!!!

    I moved your thread to the Praise/Prayer forum------there are some people here who will rejoice with you and lift you up!!

    Tell that "Wifey" of yours hello for us, will ya!!

    Your friend,
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    aka blackbird
     
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    I will be praying for you and your wife and for the safety of the baby!
     
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    :praying: for all three of you; mom,dad and baby.
     

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