Welcome Guest Blogger Megan McGuire


Please join me in welcoming Megan McGuire as she shares some encouragement and wisdom from an unexpected turn of events with her son, Ezra. I have been blessed to witness Megan’s journey to freedom in Christ and she is truly one of God’s great miracles. Her husband, Daniel McGuire, serves as the Student Pastor of Liberty Church in Foley, Alabama, where she also serves on the worship team and by helping to pour into the next generation.

My prayer is that her testimony touches your heart and shows you the faithfulness of God’s love for you. I encourage you to stop, grab a cup of coffee – and enjoy!


An Unexpected Turn of Events

As I sit here and type these words, I am in complete awe of the life God has given me.  Our family has walked through many difficult situations, but every single one of them has been a learning experience to make me who I am today.  Here is a little glimpse of a beautiful, yet overwhelming situation we recently encountered and how the Lord helped us walk through it.

When my son, Ezra turned two-weeks-old, life took an unexpected turn for our family. It all started with an emergency admittance to the ICU at our local children’s hospital after he began experiencing unusual symptoms.  During those first initial moments of discovering that there was something very wrong with our child, I felt as though my heart could have just stopped from all the fear that flooded over me.

Ezra became very ill and we spent about a week in the hospital with no answers for what was going on in his little body.  He had extremely low platelets making it necessary for him to have multiple blood transfusions.

Nothing was working and no doctor could pin-point exactly what was going on.  Then, he caught a fever and the doctor’s finally discovered that Ezra had an illness called Cytomegalovirus (CMV).  If contracted in the womb, it can be very dangerous, even deadly.  They weren’t positive if Ezra contracted it the womb or not but they treated him as if he did.

Our Faith Journey

From that point on, we were in and out of many different specialists’ offices to help treat this virus.  The symptoms they were looking out for were equally intimidating: blindness, deafness, mental disabilities, and growth abnormalities.

Without question, this was a long, tiring and scary process for me.  I was a first-time mother just trying to navigate learning how to do life as a mother and now my son had a scary virus. Worst of all, no one had an any idea how it was going to impact him now or long-term.

Choosing to Let Go

One on particular late night in the hospital, one of the doctor’s shared that the next step they would need to take to help Ezra would have to be a bone marrow biopsy. That evening, I began to pray very hard and very loud.  I started to sing the song “The Lion and the Lamb” by Bethel.

I didn’t understand why I was singing that certain song but immediately the Lord spoke to me and said “I am the lion.  I fight for you.  I am the Lamb that was slain.  I died to heal every sickness and every disease.  I have already healed Ezra and I know everything that is to come in your life.  I am your comfort and peace.”  WHOA. Those words hit me like a ton of bricks.  I was knocked to my knees in thankfulness and I praised God.

In that very moment I chose to let go.

The next day Ezra’s platelet level came up significantly and they told me the procedure wasn’t necessary after all.  About a week later we were released from the hospital.

Our Miracle

About six months later, we experienced our miracle – the infectious disease doctor reported that Ezra was healed. In fact, he looked at me and said, “I don’t know how but your son has absolutely no symptoms of CMV that we thought he would have.”

That same day, he even told me that Ezra never had to come back.  And so I bawled my eyes out in front of him and gave God the glory. I declared to the doctor that that this was a miracle and Jesus was responsible for completely healing my son.  And guess what? He believed me!

Life Today

We are now almost two years into Ezra’s life and he has beat the odds.  He is a fighter and such a gift to the world. Turns out, the same day we found out Ezra had been healed we also found out we were pregnant with our little miracle girl.

I had so many emotions running through my body because I was not expecting to be pregnant in any way.  We were overjoyed to add another addition to our family – but honestly, I was completely terrified.

The one negative thing that came out of the doctor visit that day was that there was a chance that Ezra can shed his CMV virus.  Especially to pregnant women.

Even though they said he had none of the symptoms he was supposed to have, they did say CMV is incurable and once you have it, you will always have it.  They told me Ezra shouldn’t go into daycare or be around pregnant people until after a year old.

Here we are now seven months into our daughter’s life, and Glory is completely normal. She has no sign of CMV.  What a miracle God performed in our life!

Just PRAY

So, what do we do in the middle of a terrifying or hopeless situation? What do we do when we don’t know what to do?

PRAY.

It’s hard I know.  Sometimes you may even feel like you are praying to a brick wall.  You may feel like God isn’t there or hasn’t heard you.  You may feel so mad that the last thing you want to do is pray.  I know what that feels like because I have felt that very thing.

It’s a good thing God isn’t a feeling.  He is more real than the air we breathe and he has given us His living word and His Spirit to hang onto in those tough times.  Through His word, we find peace and comfort when we need it.  That is why we need to pray.

I stayed up every night in that hospital praying.  I prayed over every doctor that came in our room, every nurse, and every machine that Ezra had to use.  I prayed for everything and everybody.  All I could do was pray.  I had nothing else.  Nothing.  Just God and his word.

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He doesn’t care about your mess or your mistakes, he cares about you.  So, when we pray, we are building a foundation in our life that one day you will look back on with regret.  I have never heard anyone tell me, “Man, I wish I didn’t pray when this or that happened.”  No, instead I have heard, “I wish I would have prayed more.”

When we pray, we change our environment.  When we pray, we are speaking into existence things that might not be there yet.  When we pray, we are shifting our lives from being self-dependent to God-dependent.  And that is how we should live for the rest of our lives.

Before Ezra got sick, I admit that my prayer life was weak.  Most days I would go about my day forgetting that I needed God.  I would try to control every situation that happened because I thought I was supposed to be the solution.  It hurts my heart to think I was like that because now, I cannot imagine my life without calling on God daily.

I must have a word from God to move on.  I cannot go a day without hearing his voice.  I need his voice more than anything.  I need his voice to be a better wife, mother, daughter, and friend.

I cannot listen to my own voice because I know I will end up screwing everything up.  This way of living takes time.  It didn’t happen in one day.  I had to work at it and keep reminding myself that God is in control.  Not me.

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Don’t just go to church to mark it off your list and don’t just pray before dinner or at bed, pray continuously.  Pray throughout your day.  Pray for your co-worker.  He or she doesn’t have to know you prayed for them, just do it.

Pray for the lady at the checkout counter.  Pray for your enemies and for your friends.  Pray.  Talk to God about everything.  He wants to hear you and He wants to show you His way.  Because His way is best.

Our Prayer


God, thank you for never leaving or forsaking Your people. Remind us of Your presence in the midst of our struggles as we walking through life’s trials. Make our first reaction in the midst of pain be to seek your face and not run. Help us to chase after you and knock the walls down to hear your voice. We thank you that you are our peace and comfort in every single situation.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Scriptures for Meditation


~ 1 John 5:14 

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

~ 1 chronicles 16:11 

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

~ 2 chronicles 7:14 

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

~ Ephesians 6:18 

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

~ Mark 11:24 

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.