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May 8, 2011 / Jessica Turner

Liberty Esther is here!

The last month of pregnancy is hard. Really, just the waiting can be hard. In our immediate culture we become so frustrated with waiting anywhere for anything that we even, in ignorance, will become frustrated waiting on the Lord.

I am at fault for this myself this pregnancy, yet He was so Faithful and True.

Praying through my pregnancy I knew I heard from the Lord that I was to wait and let labor happen on its own timing. As time grew closer to the due date I tried my best to cling to scripture daily to stay at peace. At about 38 weeks my doula, Brandice, who deserves a hero’s award, a hand-stitched t-shirt and lots of chocolate had a dream that she was showing me a picture of an eagle flying and was telling me that this is where I was now in my life. (**Disclaimer**Prophetic dreams are not always part of the Doula package, but find a good one and you never know…)When she told me I knew it was a whisper from the Lord and my friend Stacie reminded me of Isaiah 40. “You will mount up on wings like eagles. you will run and not grow weary, you will walk and not faint…” I went back to scripture and read from verse 28,

Have you not known? Have you not heard? (Jessica, Are you listening to me?)

The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. (Jessica, God has created this miracle intimately and is not tired of waiting on her formation. He understands exactly when she needs to come. Trust Him on this, stop trying to search it out.)

He gives power to the weak, And to those (Jessica) who have no might He increases strength. (I will strengthen you in labor. Do not fear.)

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Jessica! Wait and have new strength!)

So I waited as patiently as possible and 40 weeks came so did 40 weeks and day1, 2, 3, and 4. I woke up on Saturday morning feeling rested and great and a bit disappointed…still pregnant. Very pregnant. We packed up and braved the Ramp Community Easter Egg Hunt. I planted myself under a tree, but no signs of labor.  We came home, all took naps, then went for a walk, I cooked dinner, cleaned the kitchen, had coffee on the front porch with The Dreamer and Kristina. We came inside and folded 3 loads of laundry while we all talked and then at 10:26pm labor began. At 12pm we headed to hospital in Florence. We checked in at 1:15 and I was at 6cm with contractions every 2 minutes. My doula had the tub blown up, but Andrew began to fill it with water as I needed her in my face blowing me through every contraction… once the tub was ready I labored for only 3 contractions in the tub and then I was at 9cm and had to push. They called the doctor and when she arrived I was complete and ready for Liberty to arrive. At 3:31am  the world changed forever as Liberty screamed her first breath of air at 7lbs 2oz and a head full of hair!

The pains of labor are indescribable. Yet, during these times I feel so close and utterly dependent upon the presence of God. I can not count how many times I would breathe through a contraction and hear His voice whisper, “Renewed Strength.” I would be reminded of his promise to me and feel so empowered and relief all at the same time. His word is Living and Active…

Today is Mother’s Day an exact 2 weeks from Liberty’s Easter birthday. It’s hard to believe the events of the last 2 weeks! Yet, the Lord’s hand has been with us, protected us, held us and renewed our strength over and over. Sure, this is a testimony of a beautiful birth, but also of the importance of hearing the word of the Lord and doing your best to stay patient in the wait of His timing…He does all things well. And if you ever find yourself in the midst of the wait to cheer your self onward here is a song my dear friend Stacie called and sang to me a couple of days before Liberty was born. It’s sung to the tune of “Cinderella, Cinderella” from the Disney movie, Cinderella. Memorize it. I have sung it quite often since…

“You can do it, you can do it, you can do it, you can do it!  You can do it, you can do it! You can do it! You can do it! Do it, Do it, Do it!”

xo, jesss

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  1. Ashley / May 8 2011 2:53 pm

    This is great. You are a real woman…natural childbirth?! I think we all need someone to sing the “you can do it” song to us, don’t we? I love that…you’ve got a precious friend.

  2. Ariel Havanah / Jan 1 2012 11:04 pm

    ok first. Beautiful name and congrats!
    I do hope I can find a doula like that!!!!
    Second. How great is this!! To come across your blog and find out you did birth how I want to one day!!!
    So Florence,al actually allows for water births??
    That excites me!
    Also that I now know exactly were to go to find some things out!!!
    I’ll just show up at the Ramp and hunt you down! he he 😀

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