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Our Gracious God Who Listens

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Today our baby girl, Liëlle Faith Peanosky was brought into the world.

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I would like to share our experience with the delivery of our second child. God has taught me so much simply in these last couple hours. We are so grateful for His compassion on His children.
I’ll have to start a little further back to give you a clearer picture of this incredible journey. About a week or two ago our Gyn. (Short term I’ll use for Gynaecologist ) suggested that we let her be induced into labor because she had feared a too heavy baby. We didn’t feel very comfortable making such a decision because then we kind of have to ask ourselves, “Where exactly does God fit into all this.” I mean I know that we’ve been given Doctors as a blessing to help us through the process but is it really our responsibility to choose a date for our child to come? This just didn’t sink with Kristi and I so we decided to wait it out a little longer and give God more of a chance to let her come His way.
As the days went on it became harder and harder for Kristi as she was having severe pain in her uterus and lower pelvic area. We were praying every day, “God let her come today, please prove to us that we don’t have to do it the worlds way. But that You can lead us according to Your will, the way Created it to happen!” Day after day went by as nothing happened. Well I should say we were kind of tricked every day. She had contractions and they were even, at times, quite regular. In the end it led to nothing but us being confused thinking, “Come on Lord don’t you hear us, are we being selfish or do You even care?”

To be honest last night was different. I just had this feeling in my stomach telling me, “Don’t be content for this, are you going to just go to sleep and not even ask Me?” Then it struck me. He wanted us to ask for it! In faith, persistent pushing forward in prayer till we got an answer. We prayed intensely for a good two hours. Around midnight Kristi told me, “It’s here, I’m ready!” So we got up packed the car and went to the hospital. Not only did we have a great expectancy for God’s answer, but just pure excitement to have Him prove His kindness to us in such a real way. Not that He has to prove anything, I mean He died on the cross and bore our sins. Yet even still, He cares so much that He would give us the speedy delivery that we asked for.
As we were in the Hospital, the nurse checked for opening and she was already 5 cm dilated. This was already a God given grace that helped us see His Love. We continued to strive for His blessing, releasing all the prayers of our family over the delivery. We know that this didn’t happen because we have so great of faith or because we can pray so fervently. It was the simple truth of God hearing His children’s cry and having compassion. I’ve never felt His love in this way before. I have to say its extremely comforting to know that the Creator of all life has guided us through this whole delivery His way!
Now I get to boast in my wife for a second, of course only by the grace of God. She was able to go without an epidural or IV or anything! This was also a big deal for us because we struggled with the thought, “Why would God make it so difficult that we need to turn to drugs for help?” He was just simply Gracious and led Kristi through every step of the way. I’m so proud of her and full of joy as I look at the beautiful creation that He has formed inside of her.
All of this may not even apply to you, but I have gained so much insight into Gods heart through this. He is great.
If there’s one thing to hold onto it’s the fact that God hears us when we ask and He cares! He just wants to see us trust that He does hear and take the step to plead out case before Him. This may take more asking than once, twice, three times, even more than ten times before He gives it. But He will answer and that’s a guarantee that we have in Christ! I thought of this passage a lot when I was praying:

Matthew 15:21 Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” 23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.” 24 But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26 And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.

The part where it says, “And He did not answer her a word.” Wow.. I think this I usually where we stop. We automatically think that God’s silence means no. This isn’t what Jesus said though. He was giving her more and more opportunities to ask and press on for the blessing. What a gracious God we have! We are but dogs who deserve nothing from the Kings table, yet He shares freely even to us as His own children. Oh thank You Lord for Your Loving Kindness. We have only begun to see a mere speck of Your true goodness and mercies.

Thanks for reading, be a blessing and be blessed.

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This is a sermon given at the 2013 G3 Conference. Preached by Paul Washer. It has encouraged and strengthened my faith in Christ. I hope you may be even more inspired to follow Him with all your love. Simply give up all your troubles and cares and rest in Christ 🙂