Monday, January 19, 2009

But, She’s Special

I have to admit that I have struggled since Friday night with the “why” of things.  I have never seen a child more loved or wanted than little Harper Brown Stamps.  There has been such joy and anticipation as the days have drawn near for her to enter this world.  And then, after a seemingly easy labor, Harper’s birth was anything but easy.

As a few days have gone by, I can see things a bit more clearly. I’ve witnessed, as you all have, the way the Stamps/Martin family has responded in faith – even in the midst of their pain.  It’s a beautiful thing.

Yesterday, a high school friend of mine sent me an email with this video attached.  It really moved me, because I’d been asking “Why Harper? She’s special!  This family is special.”  I love what God reveals to this 13 year old boy …

Today, I’m not asking “why” so much.  I know that I may never know why, but I do know that God understands what is going on, He is holding Harper is His arms, and He has a greater purpose in Harper’s life… and He will get the glory!

“The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” (Lamentations 3:25)


Paige said...


Thank you for posting the video link to your blog. I truly needed that tonight and thank God that through Kelly's blog (Kelly's Korner), he directed me to yours.

May God richly bless you this week.

Heather said...

Thank you so much for this! I actually just left a comment on Kelly's blog about my wrestling with God about the "Why?" Your post has blessed me and helped me.
Kelly's family is lucky to have friends like you!

Kayla said...

It is SO amazing to see their strength and faith through this hard time. I just know that God is and will do wonders for Ms. Harper! She is special!!

Can't wait to see you!!!

Kyla said...

Oh my goodness-- he was the cutest thing, and it's true: wise beyond his years.

Still praying for baby Harper!

petrii said...

The wisdom that comes out of children is just amazing. Simple yet so profound.

I've been wrestling with this as well, but in the midst God has been doing such a work in my own heart to just not look at the questions of it, but to focus on Him and believe. So that is what I've been trying to do and praying, praying, praying. Thank you for sharing this, and for sharing your heart.
Love you dear one,

Becky said...

Good morning Jacquie....bawl bag her. Wow, that just tore me up.

I was happy to see Kelly's blog this morning. She just seems to see soooooo upbeat. I hope you get some rest.....she'll need it when sweet Harper gets to go home!

Susie said...

Oh my goodness that is so moving. Brought a knot to my throat and tears to my eyes. That little guy is more wiser than most. Thanks for sharing the video Jacquie.

Betsy said...

Oh.My.Goodness. That is probably the sweetest thing I've ever heard. Wow!

Thank you for sharing that. It IS hard to understand why? But God understands what we're going through and that is such a comfort!

Heather said...

Jacquie- Thanks so much for asking about my migraines. When I was pregnant with my little boy, I had almost no migraines the entire pregnancy! But as you probably know, my hormones have gone crazy since then...and three years, fertility treatments, side effects, etc. body is not the same as it was then. BUT- when we got pregnant I was overjoyed (for many reasons, of course!) but because I KNEW that even if it was just the lack of a cycle, my migraines would get somewhat better. And they have. In fact, they are ALOT better! I still have some....but not nearly what I have endured the last two years....which is pretty much 4-5 headaches a week. God is good...and I praise Him for how He has worked!!
Thanks again for asking and sorry for this long comment!!

Anonymous said...

Jacquie, This is the very first chance I've gotten to get on the computer and read your blog. I just wanted to thank you for all your e-mails and encouraging words and prayers. You are a source of joy and strength to us and we will never be able to repay you for all you have done for us the past few days!

We are encouraged and are just in awe of what God is continuing to do in Harper's life and the lives of others around us! God is so real! Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts! Judy

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

You're not alone in asking "why". I've been doing lots of questioning myself...but I think God has used their family in some ways that we can see now...and in ways that we may not see for a long time.

Maddy said...

Found your blog from Kelly's after reading about Harper on yet another site.

But I scrolled down and was about to shut the computer off when I played the audio of Logan calling the radio station.

It gave me goosebumps and brought tears of joy to my eyes. What a wonderful God. What a blessing Logan is and I wanted to thank you for posting it.

Today is my birthday and I have countless blessings surrounding me. But I have a very rare lung's progressive and ultimately terminal. With some of the new meds survivability went from 3 years to about 20. I'm thankful and yet...20 doesn't sound like enough when I look my 2 year old in the eyes. I handle this all really well and God holds me upright but I still have "those days" where I'm just well, sorta ticked off!

I can't ask why and i'll never know, but reading inspiring blogs and words of people who can say it better than me..well, it helps. It helps on those days when it all seems so unfair.

I'm actually very lucky and you wouldn't know I had this by looking at me. Catch me going up a flight of stairs or walking too fast, or carrying something and you'd soon see something wasn't right. But for now, I'm lucky..I'm living my life, I have a diagnosis, I'm on the right medications, and I am enjoying being a mommy to two gifts from God. And I have a husband that is simply amazing and is a true blessing in my life.

It's good to remember that now and again and be reminded that I don't need to know why...just to remain close to God and to pray each day. Thansk for the video on Logan and thanks for the reminder.

I'll be praying for Harper to continue healing...and I hope you have a blessed Tuesday. :)