(Baby Dedication Testimony)

“There are four things that come to mind as I stand here looking at our daughter, Piper Joy. Restoration, God’s sovereignty, God’s faithfulness and, as I was reminded last night in a conversation with Ken, my dependency on the Lord.

There are so many reasons by the world’s standards that Piper shouldn’t be here today, the first one being that, when I was pregnant with our daughter Marlie, my husband and I chose barrenness through him getting a vasectomy. We chose this out of fear. Several months later the Lord placed deep conviction in our hearts that we had made a wrong decision. We then set out on the long journey of restoring what we thought we had control over. One year ago this last November, we flew to Oklahoma and had a vasectomy reversal. By May I was pregnant. This is Restoration. God by His grace had restored our fertility and redeemed a bad decision that we had made.

During that whole process of the reversal, we were also struck with a severe spiritual attack. Long story short, I sank into an extremely deep depression which only the Lord could pull me out of. It was so severe that my husband and I had considered depression medication. Had we gone that route, it would not have been safe for me to get pregnant. Instead the Lord showed me many things during this time, and used the body of Christ that he had placed around me as His means of healing. This is Sovereignty. The Lord has taught me that He is in complete control of absolutely every detail in my life and that He will deliver the afflicted.

God is so faithful. His promises are real and true, and He is exactly who He says He is. He is faithful, even when we are not. I stand in awe at how God has blessed us in so many ways even though we are so undeserving. Piper is another example of that. This is faithfulness.

Lastly, I am reminded of how dependent I am on God every time I look at Piper. Just like her, I can do nothing apart from Christ. I am weak, frail and needy. I am fully dependent on Him for absolutely everything. Even though during these past couple months of Piper’s life there have been some difficult trials, I can and will rejoice that God will carry us through and not let me forget my dependency on Him. This is dependency.

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”  Isaiah 49:15″