Guest post from Diona Davis, lover of Jesus, wife, mother and one of our two precious daughters
I’m remembering when Stella was born. Her Birthday is actually coming up. April 24th, 2011. A “new” way of living…. I remember how careful we were during her 4 month stay in the NICU. Careful with what we washed our clothes in. Careful with making 100% sure our hands were super clean. Careful. I never, ever remember being afraid though. There was not one iota of a thought that she wasn’t going to make it home… eventually. Thats not to say there weren’t good and bad days. The ups and downs in her stay. But God had given me much peace about it all. He is such a good God. And yes, ALL the time.
She came home a week after her original due date. It was August 15th, 2011. We were so excited! So happy to have her home with us!! But now began another “new” way of living. Entailed in this “new” way of living was staying home and away from the public. Doctors orders. Germs were our enemy and we needed to ensure she stay clear until she became old enough and her body became strong enough to fight them. We didn’t congregate with large groups. We didn’t go to Walmart. Or to the grocery store. We didn’t go to church. Doctors visits were the only thing on our agenda. And then it was straight there and straight back.
I remember getting the word she could finally “meet her public” as I called it. Hearing the doctors say that she was clear to venture out. It was February 28th, 2012. A little over 6 months after her coming home. She’s a beautiful little girl. Inside and out. But this post isn’t about her. It’s about our God and how He takes care of us. It’s about how that time spent “alone” was not alone at all. And the time we weren’t able to be in church, certainly didn’t mean we weren’t spending time with Jesus.
That doesn’t mean to say our time went by with out pain or loss. But we do have a hope and a promise that we will see our Lucy again one day. God truly provides everything we need. He takes care of us. That time spent, only seems like a blip now. It was only a season. A season we walked thru not by our own strength. But by the upholding of our Father. Our loving, peace giving Father. He is with us. He’ll never leave us. Lean into Him. He’ll hold you up better than you can hold yourself up (or together 😉)
HEBREWS 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
MATTHEW 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.