On January the 25th I saw a post by a dear friend requesting prayer for a mother, who at her 20 week ultrasound was diagnosed with cancer of the placenta and was told her unborn child would most likely not make it. She was advised by the doctors to abort her child to save her own life, but instead, Chris and Courtney made the decision to continue to carry their unborn baby boy.
She wrote the following on her personal blog.
“The next day, after the ultrasound, a doctor came in, pulled up a chair and put her hand on my leg. The technician grabbed a box of tissues, and sat down beside her. She began to tell me that I have what is called a partial molar pregnancy, where my placenta has a chromosomal abnormality that has most likely affected the baby. He would not make it and the risk to me in continuing to carry him put me in grave danger. The placenta would become cancerous and spread to my lungs, liver and brain.
She recommended I terminate the pregnancy. “You are our main concern.” she said.
My mind reeled with all of the information, but it all came to a stop when I heard those words. I am the priority? You think the best choice is for me to kill my child?!? What about that little life I just saw moving around on that screen? What about him?
I told them that termination was not an option for me, so we needed to look at different options. She sighed, and then began to tell me that this will be extremely risky to me and that I will be monitored closely. The baby might not even make it another day, much less another week.
Here’s how I knew that decision was right: I know my God. I don’t mean this in a self-righteous way. But rather, because I know Him and what His heart is, I didn’t hesitate when it came to making a serious decision.
Yes, I could die. But I would rather die walking in obedience to the Lord, than live in rebellion against Him.
“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.” Psalm 139:13-18a
God is forming little Eli inside of me right now. Skillfully creating his every bone, muscle and tissue. And His thoughts towards my little son outnumber the sand! How incredible! So knowing that this is how God feels about the little life growing inside of me, made my decision not to abort him a no-brainer.
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
“What a beautiful example I have in the life of my Savior, Jesus Christ. He gave Himself for me, and enables me to make that same sacrifice for my son. Because of Jesus’ sacrificial love for me, I am able to love others like that.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25
As a disciple of Christ, I am not living for this life anyways. This is not my home. Earth is not my goal. I am striving for the eternal. This perspective, again, made my decision an easy one.” – Courtney Mitchell
Courtney gets it! She understands God’s love for us even in the midst of her “storm”! PLEASE be praying for Courtney and baby Eli. She is now 24 weeks and God is doing miraculous things. You can read more of their story and be encouraged by the love of Christ and the eternal perspective that God has given them.
Courtney and Baby Eli’s FB page for the latest updates and prayer needs. https://www.facebook.com/courtneyandeli?ref=profile
A fund was set up in their name to help pay for medical bills. http://www.gofundme.com/prayforeli
I am so thankful that a mutual friend of mine and Courtney’s set up the maternity session below. Once again I am blessed to see the love of Christ in the way his children love one another. Our session was simply perfect and I so enjoyed being a part of this time in their lives. 🙂