Don’t Be Afraid; Have Faith

Watch this video with a box of tissues at hand. Watch the whole thing…it’s worth it!

As I reflect on this amazing story, I can’t help but wonder how many women have been coerced by their health care providers into ending the life of a baby who had “no chance of survival”–and how many more stories like this we might hear, if more of us had the faith and trust in God that this family has.

“Don’t be afraid, have faith.” Mark 5:36

Let’s face it–having babies requires a lot of faith. Some women prefer to put their faith in the medical establishment–obstetricians, anesthesiologists, hospitals, and technology. They prefer the feeling of safety and comfort that comes from trusting the professionals.

Other women reject the modern medical model, choosing to have their babies at home with a midwife…or maybe even without one. They cry out, “Trust your body! TRUST BIRTH!”

Now, I’ve had a hospital birth–an emergency c-section–and two homebirths. I’m a pretty big advocate of homebirth, actually, and while I am uncomfortable with the idea of blindly trusting a doctor, I must realize that it is equally foolish to naively “trust birth.”

Rather, I must put my faith and trust in the One who created my body and created my baby. Birth was His idea. Of course, there are pain and suffering, and sometimes heartache and tragedy that come with childbirth, ever since Adam and Eve sinned against God in Genesis 3. Still, God has ordained that the human race should continue on through procreation, and we as women are given the profound and mysterious calling to carry and bear these, His children, who are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

Whatever birth choices we make, we must recognize that the LORD of all creation is most certainly LORD of our births. Anything we do should be the outgrowth of our faith in God alone–not in a doctor, or a hospital, or a midwife, or our bodies, or a mystical, sometimes heavily personified force known as “birth.”

As I feel this precious little one moving and kicking inside me, I realize that I am not in control.

I do not know how this birth will turn out. I do not know when I will go into labor or if my labor will be long or short.

I do not know if it will be blissful and easy, or if it will be complicated and require us to transfer to the hospital.

And while I am praying and trusting God for a good birth and a healthy baby, and planning toward that end, there is always in the back of my mind the reality that there are things that happen that are outside my control.

“Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:7

When I start to worry, I must cling tight to my Heavenly Father, who is indeed knitting this little one together in my womb (Psalm 139:13)…

…and I can’t even knit a sweater.

10 thoughts on “Don’t Be Afraid; Have Faith

  1. What a touching story and a beautiful testimony of this couples faith in the Lord! Five years ago our oldest daughter was diagnosed with a large hole in her heart while she was still in our womb. We were sent for several ultrasounds and to meet with genetic counselors, as a hole in the heart can be a sign of a genetic disorder. One doctor implied that we could end the pregnancy if our baby did indeed have a genetic disorder. We of course knew that was not even an option and we were appalled that option was even suggested! We would love and raise our baby no matter the Lord gave us. She ended up having no genetic disorder and the Lord healed the hole in her heart before she was even born…an amazing story in itself of God’s miraculous healing! “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:21. No matter what the Lord gives, or takes away, we can say “Blessed be the name of the Lord”!


  2. What a beautiful video! Thank you so much for sharing the story of this family. The Lord must have chosen this family to receive such a miracle child. Their story helped to remind me how much God will richly bless us for obedience to His laws. God bless them, and you, Tiana. I am also pregnant like you, but with my third child. What an amazing priviledge it is to be able to participate with God in the creation of a brand-new human being gifted with an eternal soul!


  3. What a wonderful story of God’s miracles and healing.
    I know how hard it is to lose a child. When I was in labor with my first baby, the doctor told me the baby was dead, he made my husband leave the labor room, tied my hands and legs down and forced me to inhale gas so I would not be conscious when the baby was born. I was told that it was a boy, and I could not see or hold him and that the hospital would take care of “disposing of the body”. We were young, I was 19 and my husband was 23, and we were taught to always trust the doctor. I was sent home and told to start trying to get pregnant two weeks later! Our daughter was born one year later, on our first baby’s due date. We had a son 3 1/2 years later and were pressured to have my husband have a vasectomy. Shortly before our daughter’s 9th birthday, she was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor and died in our arms 8 months later. She is with Jesus, but we still miss her terribly. About a year later, we were approached by a woman at church about adoption, and after much prayer, we agreed to take in a beautiful 4 month old baby girl. Sadly, after 2 months the birth mother demanded her back and we had to give her up. We then decided to undo the terrible mistake of my husband’s vasectomy. I got pregnant soon afterward, only to suffer a miscarriage and my faith really faltered after this. It was a very trying time spiritually and emotionally. Our only son was now 9 years old and we were really struggling with trusting God with our lives. A year after the miscarriage, we were blessed with a healthy baby boy and two years later we had another son. God is good. I miss my daughter so much and all of the mother-daughter things, but I must trust God that He knows the best for our family. My oldest son is now 27 and had been married for 5 years and they are expecting their first child in February 2011. We are so excited.
    Bless you for sharing this story of Bryce Daniel’s life.


  4. When you say get the tissues, you really do need em. Thank you so much for posting this. PRAISE GOD, PRAISE GOD, PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!


  5. What an amazing story. Talk about a tearjerker!

    I like visiting pregnancy forums and have read many times about women who were told, very early in pregnancy, that their baby has no heartbeat. The doctor offers to do a D&C, but the woman declines, wanting to “wait and see” or miscarry naturally. A week or two later, she goes back in and they discover the baby is perfectly normal and healthy.


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