With the birth of Baby boy Davies so imminent now, I thought I’d just share with you all a small part of the journey we have been on waiting for this very special baby to come.
Mark and I had decided that we wanted to start a family back over 3 and a half years ago, but God had other, better plans! We recognise that if we had fallen pregnant back when we were in the U.K. we may never have ended up following the calling to come to Kenya, which is definitely the place that God wants to use us for the present season of life. We also recognise that in His perfect timing, that if we had fallen pregnant too early on during our time here, we may also have been too nervous to remain here, and it may have caused us to come home prematurely.
Despite knowing that it was all in God’s hands and timing, didn’t make it any easier for us as we wondered whether there was something medically wrong and whether we were ever going to become parents naturally. We had just got to the point last year that we were going to follow it up with tests etc at the hospital and see where it would lead, and had an appointment booked in for the very beginning of July.
At the end of May last year, whilst good friends of ours were here visiting, we were in a Sunday morning service and the pastor ‘encouraged’ us, and the whole congregation, to enter our prayer requests to what is known as ‘Pray 10’. In our church here there are voluntary intercessors who commit to praying for 10 people in the congregation for a few months at a time – prayer requests can be entered at any time, and it ensures that the whole congregation is getting prayed for on a daily basis. It is such a fantastic idea, but up until that point, I had never entered a personal request. That day I wrote a short request briefly explaining the situation and asking for prayer.
At the end of June we found out that we were expecting Baby (boy) Davies, and our early July appointment turned into our first (6 week scan) where we got to see our ‘dot’ on the screen and hear his heartbeat! Without giving too much information, when working back our dates, we had conceived within two weeks of submitting that prayer request!
We were also blessed with some really faithful friends and family members who knew our hearts desire and had committed to praying for us during the few months before.
God is absolutely amazing, prayer really works and his timing is absolutely spot on!!!! He knows, He cares and He remembers!
When were first planning on coming to Kenya, nearly two years ago now God really spoke to me through the following bible passage… Psalm 37. At the time it was a real confirmation passage that we were doing the right thing by moving here, and kept reminding me to ‘Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for Him’. Now it has a whole new meaning added to it as he has also given us the ‘desires of our heart’!
3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him;
Our son, (it sounds so unbelievable) is due in less than a week now, and we are obviously extremely excited about his arrival. Please join with us in praying for a safe delivery for him (ideally not c-section – both for recovery and health reasons, but also because the whole birth process is expensive enough without the added expense) and that God will continue to keep His hand on this child, and that we, as his parents will be given guidance and wisdom on how to bring him up.