I got pregnant immediately after my wedding and to be honest, I was not so excited. I wanted to make sure everything was planned especially the country to give birth to him. I felt I was not ready at the moment but God had other amazing plans and I’m thankful that my first son came at the right time in 2017. God is really faithful.
Many plans are in a man’s mind, But it is the LORD’S purpose for him that will stand (be carried out). Proverbs 19:21
In 2019, My husband and I started planning for the second baby. So we applied for visa in anticipation that we will be giving birth to my second baby abroad. I was not pregnant then and we were not trying either. We just wanted to make the necessary plans before trying for another baby.
Unfortunately, the visa was denied. We were so sure that it will go through because everything was in order. I really cried that day. It was as though our plans were shattered. The day I received the news also happened to be the day for phenomenal woman book study discussion and I was the one coordinating it. Also I had to meet some sisters that day to encourage them. Funny right?
I needed all the encouragement I can get at that moment and I wasn’t in the right frame of mind but one thing I have learnt walking with God is that, “Your purpose is bigger than Your pain”. So I asked the Holy Spirit for strength. I went out that day with those sisters and encouraged them. Then in the night, the Holy Spirit gave me strength to coordinate that night that some sisters posted on the group how the study that particular night changed their lives. Some even sent me a private message. After that night I forgot about everything and focused on Gods purposes for my life.
It’s easy for the devil to give you reasons to place your pain or current conditions over your purpose especially when you may not have answers to a lot of things. Please ensure you pass that test! Don’t let the devil dictate your pace to which you fulfill Gods purposes for your life.
At the end of the day the visa approval won’t mean much because I would not have travelled with pregnancy during the pandemic crisis that hit then since I gave birth during that time.
Your purpose is not an option. It’s something you choose even in the good and bad times. Don’t get discouraged when things are not going your way, choose purpose over and over again. It doesn’t make you stupid, it paralyses the devil. The devil may want to see you depressed but instead you have Joy in your spirit. He wants to see you rethinking your commitment to Jesus but instead you are on fire for Jesus than ever before. Remember Job? I know I may be deviating but this is a word for someone. Stay in your purpose no matter what life throws at you!
The past few years has been a trying time for my family but every time I show up with more fire and hunger for God to accomplish purpose. No, It does not cancel my reality but it dictates my focus to the devil.
I felt like preaching for one second to encourage you to stay planted in your purpose.
Back to my story….
In August 2019 in the afternoon while I was about to pray, Holy Spirit spoke to me clearly saying, “You are having a baby boy soon”.
I have not even started praying when I heard this. I was like Holy Spirit I want a baby girl. Hahahaha. It was at that moment that I knew the gender of my next baby. No scanning required. It was direct from the Holy Spirit.
It was during this period that my mum told me that she heard the same thing when she was praying. In fact God told her his name, Zion. It was some months after this that the Holy Spirit gave us the same name for him, Zion. The spirit is one.
I met a pregnant lady on my first antenatal appointment and we got talking about gender selection before pregnancy. I told her that I already know the gender of my baby and what the Holy spirit told me. There’s no template on where to witness and promote the name of Jesus or is there? Hahahaha
At the end of the day we both concluded that medicine is good but the power of the Holy spirit supersedes any medicine. There are mysteries in the realm of the spirit that the human mind cannot articulate. It is so unfortunate that the person of the Holy spirit has been relegated to the background in recent times. I don’t know what you have heard or believed but there is a realm above this physical realm that you are conversant with and the power of God has not subsided because people became ‘woke’ all of a sudden. The Holy Spirit is real as well as His power.
In my first pregnancy I had a condition called, “Cervical Incompetence” and statistics shows that subsequent pregnancy will be a risk. Hence the need to undergo a procedure to sew the cervix closed immediately one gets pregnant, cervical cerclage.
My doctor kept on observing me as it’s a major concern since it is a common cause of miscarriage and premature birth. To the glory of God, I didn’t undergo the procedure nor took any drugs aside the routine medicine. I carried the baby for 37 weeks without any complication.
Then labor started…..
On the 5th of September 2020 as I was about getting up from my bed, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “You will give birth on the 13th ”. I was too sleepy to understand that he meant that I will give birth on the 13th of September. So that morning, I misinterpreted what I heard and told my sister that the Holy spirit said I will give birth in 13 days. In fact that was what I wanted to hear because I wanted to complete my exams that will be coming up in a week before giving birth so I figured that this was what He meant.
On the 13th of September by past 12:00am I started having contractions but I ignored it as it wasn’t strong and regular. Around 1:00 am the pattern of the contractions indicated that I was in labor and by 2am I was already in the Hospital.
The doctor was not around at that time and the two nurses on night shift attended to me. I was examined and dilation of about 5cm was confirmed.
It was around 4:00am that things started going hay wire. My baby’s heart beat was not found. They tried everything to get a heartbeat but all to no avail. I was just tired and asking the Holy Spirit to help me. What I heard after intense search for baby’s heartbeat was the doors closing and I could not see the nurses again. After some minutes, they came back to look for the heartbeat. I can tell they were worried but do not want to get me worked up. After trying for like an hour, they got a heartbeat miraculously. Immediately, they got on their knees and started thanking God. The nurses didn’t tell me the gravity of what happened then till I gave birth. It was after I gave birth that they told me that the time they left me for some minutes was when they went to the toilet to pray because it was obvious that the baby is not alive but they believed that God can still do a miracle.
It is powerful to see believers who understands their priesthood ministry. Those nurses did not only function as a nurse that day but as a priest. They knew when to switch their office.
Then the contraction was progressing perfectly fine that they had to puncture the membrane containing water that holds the baby with the anticipation that the baby will come soon. This was happening around 5:00am.
All of a sudden, contraction stopped at 6cm even with the oxytocin injection administered to hasten the dilatation. They were worried and had to call the doctor. The contraction ceased till the doctor came around 6am. Everyone was concerned including the doctor because they had already punctured the membrane and the baby is now restless.
The doctor tried some things and was watching his time with the intention to see if the contraction will pick up and if not, then I will be rushed to the theatre. Around 6: 30 am, the contraction picked up and by 7:00am I was dilated fully.
Then it was time to push. I was tired and I can’t describe the pains I felt. All I wanted was to push and rest but one of the nurses expressed a concern that a condition just developed that will make it impossible for the baby to come out no matter how hard I push. She then said I should endure the pains while she tries to figure out what was happening. After some time, she said that a membrane just surfaced and it’s preventing the baby from coming out. After some minutes of pain, she said I should now push. I pushed thrice but nothing happened, she said I should stop and started repeating what she did earlier. After that, she said I should push again. By the grace of God, the baby came out healthy and alive after the fourth push.
The nurses started speaking in tongues and thanking God. They kept telling me that I did not know what could have happened that day. In fact I was not supposed to go home with the baby but God is faithful.
I gave birth around past 7:00am on the 13th of September.
One night which was some days after I came back from the Hospital and as I was reading my bible, Holy Spirit tapped me gently and asked, “What date did you give birth?” I said 13th of September. Immediately, I remembered what he told me on the 5th of September. I started shouting and thanking God.
To think that I forgot everything in the labor room due to pains. I didn’t even remember that he gave me a date for the baby. If I had remembered, I would not have panicked like I did.
So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me void (useless, without result), Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11 AMP
The name of my handsome baby is ZION
…..they shall call you the City of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel
Isaiah 60: 14 ESV
If you are trusting God for children or pregnant, may this testimony be extended to you in Jesus Name. Amen!
I pray that you are encouraged after reading this experience.