As I prepare my heart for Christmas, I am reminded of the greatest miracle mankind has ever known – the birth and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is remarkable that the same God who gave mankind His only Son is the same God who creates us and knows each of us by name! He desires to have a relationship with us, speak to us, and give us the desires of heart, and He still performs miracles today! We must only be willing to open our heart to accept Him and listen for Him…through His Word, a dream, a person, or even a song. My prayer is that this part of my story will give hope to families this Christmas season and also encourage all of us to hearken to the voice of our God!
Miracle #1: Babies are coming!
January 2002: John Nelson, an evangelist with the gift of prophecy, visited our church; He told me and my husband to “prepare because babies are coming!”
This was exciting for both Brant and me; however, we had not yet begun trying to conceive our children. While we were not preventing pregnancy, we would not begin “trying” to conceive until 2003. I did not know what the plural word “babies” meant at this time; I just assumed that Brant and I would have more than one child.
January 2003: I was awakened one night (early morning, somewhere between 2-3 am) by a dream so vivid, so real that I woke Brant up immediately to tell him about it. I dreamed we had twin boys, and their names were Caleb and Silas.
I was very excited about the dream, and in a way intrigued because again we were not yet trying to conceive, but I knew that Brother Nelson had spoken of “babies” in the plural. I asked God to confirm to me if I was truly going to have twins, and the confirmations began immediately. Television programs would air about twins as I was treating patients in their rooms at work. As I traveled with my job (Occupational Therapist), I often encountered streets named “Twin Street”. God was speaking to me!
December 2003: After 10 months of trying to conceive, I was told I needed surgery to correct endometriosis, a condition that affects the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus; this condition could affect my ability to conceive children.
I underwent surgery on our sixth anniversary, December 19, 2003. It was found that I did have endometriosis affecting both my uterus and colon. My physician told me, however, that my ovaries and fallopian tubes were healthy. After going through a challenging recovery, Brant and I felt that it was time to “try” again.
January 2004: Approximately mid-month, Brant and I found an incorrect charge on our telephone bill. I decided to call the phone company to correct the error, but little did I know the real significance of this phone call.
After making the call, I was connected to Barbara. As Barbara began typing to correct the phone company’s mistake, she asked me if I had any plans for the New Year. I told her that my husband and I wanted to begin our family. She paused, and then said, “I feel in my spirit that you are going to have twins. You know, I have two sets of twins, and leap year (2004) is considered the year of twins.” One can hardly describe my shock, and as I tried to compose myself, she continued, “And you know, when worry comes to you, just start saying the name of Jesus.” I will never forget Barbara’s name or her words, but more importantly, I knew that God had used this woman to once again confirm to me that we would have twins.
April 2004: Following the surgery and one month of additional medical treatment, God allowed me and Brant to conceive! Our first ultrasound was on May 21, 2004, and it was indeed confirmed that we were having twins! At 16 weeks, it was further confirmed that we were having twin BOYS!
December 21, 2004: Caleb Anthony and Silas Aaron arrived! Our prayers had been answered and God gave us a Christmas miracle! Our Father God is so faithful! It is so amazing that He knows us…each one of us before we are even conceived…He truly knows us by name!
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”
Psalm 139: 13-16
Miracle #2 – A daughter is born!
March 2003: I heard the name Caroline used in a song at church. I do not recall the name of the song, but I went to my bible, found John 16:23-24, “My Father will give you whatever you ask in my Name. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete.” I wrote the name “Caroline – March 2003” near this verse.
March 2006: Our twins had been born in 2004, and while we were SO thankful, God had placed a desire in my heart for a daughter; however, I was concerned that conception might be challenging like before. While driving home from work, I heard a different type of song on the radio station, 90.9 KLOVE. It was a Christian song but with more of a rock or rugged sound. The song was named “Caroline” by Seventh Day Slumber. As soon as I got home, I searched frantically for the song on iTunes; the lyrics were God speaking and encouraging a girl named Caroline. Once I found the song, I immediately went back to John 16:23-24 in my Bible. I wrote “March 2006” next to the name Caroline that had been written three years before, and I did what the scripture said. I asked God for a daughter – for Caroline – in the Name of Jesus.
June 2006: A positive pregnancy test revealed that we would have a baby in MARCH! I told my husband it was sure to be a girl because both instances where I wrote the name Caroline in my Bible were in March! At 14 weeks, it was confirmed that Caroline was on her way!
March 2, 2007: Caroline Grace arrived! God proved Himself faithful and mighty once again! An interesting tidbit that I later found was that “Caroline” is the feminine form of “Charles”, and Charles is my father-in-law’s and my husband’s first name. God called her by name and was so sweet to give her a family name!
Rev. Jerome LeDoux, SVD
“God is love, and all who abide in love abide in God and God in them.” (1 John 4:16)