A Miracle of Hope...


Mother’s Day 2011, the couple felt compelled to plead with God to give them a child. They made their promise to the Lord public at their church. They committed to dedicate this child to the Lord in the same way Hannah gave up Samuel before he was ever born. They asked family and friends to pray with them, asking God to bless them with a child.

            A month and a half later, their dream became reality. She was expecting! O the joy and the fear! Could this be? Had God answered their prayer? Or was this yet another child to be lost before he was ever born? The couple continued to pray and give God glory for this conception.

            At nine months, the mother was hospitalized. Fear gripped everyone! Would their dreams die again, or would God bless them with a new life?

            This was reality for my friends, Josh and Amanda Hanke. She and her husband Josh pleaded with the Lord to give them a child. Time and again, their hopes had turned to heartbreak. Then on February 3, 2012 God gave them the cry of their heart by bringing Ryder Hanke into the world. What a miracle! Born at 4 lbs and 12 oz, he was so tiny. He had to stay in the neonatal unit even after mom and dad returned home.

            While their bodies were at home, their heart was at the hospital with their miracle baby. Day after day, they visited Ryder, praying for him, longing to bring him home. On February 13, 2012, Little Ryder did just that! At last, Josh and Amanda were able to bring home their son!
           
            I share this with you because it is one of hope! After nine months of praying with Amanda in the crying room, week after week, begging God to protect Ryder, it was with exceedingly great joy that we prayed for him this past Sunday in that same crying room, only this time he was with us not in utero, but in the flesh! Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine. When I look into Ryder’s face, I see hope. I see the result of answered prayers! I am reminded of the widow who continued to plead with the judge until he heard her case. I am inspired to continually seek God’s face in earnest, not giving up hope! 


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Tears to Joy: A Miracle of Hope...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Miracle of Hope...


Mother’s Day 2011, the couple felt compelled to plead with God to give them a child. They made their promise to the Lord public at their church. They committed to dedicate this child to the Lord in the same way Hannah gave up Samuel before he was ever born. They asked family and friends to pray with them, asking God to bless them with a child.

            A month and a half later, their dream became reality. She was expecting! O the joy and the fear! Could this be? Had God answered their prayer? Or was this yet another child to be lost before he was ever born? The couple continued to pray and give God glory for this conception.

            At nine months, the mother was hospitalized. Fear gripped everyone! Would their dreams die again, or would God bless them with a new life?

            This was reality for my friends, Josh and Amanda Hanke. She and her husband Josh pleaded with the Lord to give them a child. Time and again, their hopes had turned to heartbreak. Then on February 3, 2012 God gave them the cry of their heart by bringing Ryder Hanke into the world. What a miracle! Born at 4 lbs and 12 oz, he was so tiny. He had to stay in the neonatal unit even after mom and dad returned home.

            While their bodies were at home, their heart was at the hospital with their miracle baby. Day after day, they visited Ryder, praying for him, longing to bring him home. On February 13, 2012, Little Ryder did just that! At last, Josh and Amanda were able to bring home their son!
           
            I share this with you because it is one of hope! After nine months of praying with Amanda in the crying room, week after week, begging God to protect Ryder, it was with exceedingly great joy that we prayed for him this past Sunday in that same crying room, only this time he was with us not in utero, but in the flesh! Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine. When I look into Ryder’s face, I see hope. I see the result of answered prayers! I am reminded of the widow who continued to plead with the judge until he heard her case. I am inspired to continually seek God’s face in earnest, not giving up hope! 


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2 Comments:

At March 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM , Blogger Lindsey Brackett said...

So beautiful! Blessings to this sweet family.

 
At March 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Precious baby. Our God is so powerful. Our congratulations to this family.

 

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