Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. When I felt like I couldn't press on one more day, one more hour, or even one more minute I held onto my faith and my hope. Life as a new mom let alone a NICU parent to a micro-preemie will test your faith like never before. My husband Marc and I would pray prayers that we had never even thought we would speak, we were putting our faith to work even when we couldn't see our way through the storm. We now had the great responsibility to fight for our family. But what does that look like? For us it meant fighting off negative thoughts and emotions and focusing on the positive. Everyday Jaxson made it through was a victory. His 1lb 3oz fragile body was little, yet full of so much hope and promise. I marveled at the work of God in Jaxson's life.
I will never forget a few preemie moms told us to celebrate the good days because they will help you get through the not so good ones. I had to fight through hard emotions and feelings in order to fight for my son. My husband and I were his advocates, which meant sometimes having hard conversations with nurses and doctors. We had long days and even longer nights, we labored in love daily. The sacrifices we had to make, as a newlywed couple now NEW parents will never be forgotten.
You may be going through a fight of your own, be it a health challenge, relationship or marital issue, dysfunction on the job- I want to encourage you to dig deep within yourself and pull out the fight that's within you. You have courage and the power to fight through whatever hardship you may be faced with. Sometimes when life hits us hard, we just want to pull the covers over our heads and hope the issue resolves itself. Even when I wanted to do that, I knew I couldn't stay in that place. If you have to cry your way through, pray or even scream that's ok; just don't stay stuck there. Pick up those pieces of defeat and use them to stay in the race and finish strong. Remember that your labor is not in vein.