Saturday, September 25, 2010

Birthday Reflections

All of us have wished from time to time that we were born in a different time or place. At least, I KNOW I have. However, as hubby and I stopped for dinner and the night in the state of my birth,  I realized that there wasn't a better time or place for me.

41 years ago,  I was only a few hours old, fighting to stay alive in an incubator, due to being born 6 weeks early. My parents were told it was going to be an uphill battle because my lungs were NOT fully developed yet.  They were also told that the fact that I was female gave me a fighting chance, from what I understand from morality rates at the time, odds were AGAINST male babies at the same age of gestation.
I was born at a military hospital, with a full team of military doctors and nurses watching my every breath. Years ago, I saw a  letter( tucked into my medical records)  that was written by the base commander to my dad. It said in part " The entire base is praying for her"
How cool is that to read? Would the same sentiment exist  now? Would I even be alive if born elsewhere or earlier?  NOT sure the answer would be yes.  That's kind of sad isn't it? With all the advances that have been made in 40 years, seems like we have gone backwards in certain areas.  I am positive that I would NOT be here if I was NOT born in the USA, as  most other countries are even further behind in technology.  In another era, would my life be considered "worthy" because of the problems I would have so therefore I would be "expendable"?  That is also sad to think about. Isn't that what makes this country great? Our differences?

Obviously, I have survived and it has NOT been easy. I've been teased, picked on, told I'm NOT a person, still have breathing problems(especially in winter) and other issues, mostly with walking, but I have survived to become a "productive" member of society( I hope.)  I will ALWAYS be grateful to the men and women who helped me survive that first crucial month of my life. I will ALWAYS be grateful that I was born in this country. I will be ALWAYS be grateful that to GOD all life is precious. He saw something in me that he could use and I'm glad I'm here to be able to.

So, while we may wish we were born in a different time or a different place, think what the world might be like if you weren't in it.  I'm betting that you'll realize what I did.

Jeremiah 1:5 (New King James Version)

5 “ Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
      Before you were born I sanctified you;
      I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”


  1. Dear Lisa
    That had tears in my eyes, with your beautiful words I believe in my heart you will have your place in the Kingdom of God.
    Your quote of Jeremiah 1:5 we often use in our battle against abortion especially brutal late term murderous abortions that even if these precious babies our our Lord God And Savior Jesus Christ survive a botched abortion obummer and planned parenthood still want them dead :'(

    Luke 18:16

    "But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."

    I say woe unto any and all that perform, aid or facilitate abortion in any way!

    Way God always Bless watch over and protect that precious pre-mature child Lisa that grew and blossomed into a beautiful loving lady, wife and mother. A graceful swan with words so wise in the eyes of God that it will cause others to pause and reflect on her words and change the lives of the many for a closer relationship with God

    God makes no mistakes, each person is chosen by God for for the perfect time, for God Himself is no less then perfect! Praise God!

    Excellent post Lisa! May God Bless You & Family Always!


  2. Lisa, you are such a natural -- I just love reading your thoughts from the road.
    I am so happy you and your hubby found each other and hope your next 40 years are wonderful ones. Rita