BLOG: Promises you can count on
By MELISSA STEINOUR
As I write my blog this week, today is my son Brady’s 15th birthday.
When I think back, I longed so much for a child of my own. I was a stepmother, but for those of you who have walked in those shoes, you know that stepmothers are in a position where they do everything but don’t get a whole lot in return — no one calling you “mommy” or drawing you pictures or saying “I love you,” etc.
My heart really longed for those things and I prayed and prayed with my entire being for a child of my own. After a miscarriage I prayed even harder. Several months later, I found out I was pregnant again and I was ecstatic! The pregnancy went great but the delivery was not so good because of shoulder dystocia (which is when the baby’s shoulder gets stuck inside the canal). In the process of getting the baby out his neck was stretched, and he suffered from paralyzed vocal cords. A scoping by the pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor revealed that both vocal cords were not working. Furthermore, the doctors couldn’t tell us when or even if they would work again.
We prayed constantly and had churches everywhere praying for Brady’s vocal cords to be healed. Feeling desperate and being a very young and rather inexperienced mother, I remember one of my prayers where I promised God that I would never raise my voice and yell at Brady if only he would be able to speak. I’m sure God was looking down on me and laughing at a silly promise like that. I mean what parent doesn’t have to raise their voice as they are correcting their child?!
That’s just it – we as humans make promises all the time that we break — promises that we have no intention on keeping or maybe we have a good intention to but it’s not humanly possible — like the silly promise that I made.
I wanted to share with you today that there is someone who makes promises to us. This is God and He speaks them to us in His word (the Bible). The Bible is full of God’s promises to us and the best thing of all is He will never, ever break them. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever”. He changes not. What He says, He means. The Bible is His promise box to us and you can count on every word of it. Psalm 119:140 “Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so much.”
Read His word and hang onto His promises – they are promises you can count on.
What happened to Brady? About 2 months after his birth, we heard him begin to make some noise and slowly a little more and a little more until he was loud! Praise God – He healed him!! Our God is amazing!
As it turns out, Brady uses his voice and musical gifts to write and play Christian worship music. Here’s one: “Promises,” by Sanctus Real.
Happy Birthday Brady!!! I love you and I’m super proud of you!