I struggle to write what this journey has been like. Because it’s truly not my testimony and one I have a hard time sharing. I have learned just how blessed I truly am, each and every day that I am given. God really has used my son, Apollos, to show me that.
It was a struggle during my pregnancy with him, since I was told 2 times that I was miscarrying him. He came 4 weeks early THAT in itself was a blessing and a miracle. After Apollos was born he had to stay in an incubator for 24 hours, without me holding him, the way a mother does with her new born baby. The only time he could come out was when he was nursing. And it was then that I knew God was preparing me for so much more as his mother.
When Apollos was 6 weeks old he had an emergency brain surgery, his right brain had ruptured. And it was another 2 weeks before I was able to hold him again, like a mother does with her new born baby. And another week before I got to see his eyes open, starring back at me, the way a new born baby does. Two weeks after his second brain surgery, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. God blessed us with a Children’s Hospital in Memphis when he was 5 months old, at a time when I was preparing for him to meet Jesus.
Apollos has had 2 MRIs, both which have come back completely free and clear of any sign of tumor. I am so grateful that my son and I have met such beautiful and amazing people and families here.
It’s been a long and winding journey, but it’s nothing God hasn’t prepared me for already And I know that there isn’t anything God hasn’t put on me that I can’t handle. He says, “I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break.” Along with my Faith and where I stand in Christ, one thing I hold to be true is this;
“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak then I am strong.”
II Corinthians 12:10
Photography Courtesy of Gregory Lynn