One of the funniest moments I had was when God asked me to buy a pregnancy kit. As soon as He said it, I argued and said I didn’t want to waste money buying a kit to do a test when I knew I wasn’t pregnant. God chided me and told me He didn’t ask me to test myself but only to buy a kit. I learnt from that one conversation to always pay attention to God’s instructions so that I don’t miss the specifics. Imagine me thinking I was meant to test myself when all He said was get the test kit. With my tail between my legs, I went and bought the kit. I didn’t even tell my husband as I didn’t want to get his hopes up thinking I was pregnant when I clearly wasn’t.
I learnt once again on this journey that faith doesn’t make sense. Some of these encounters, or moments I should call them, with God didn’t make sense to the rational mind. Who buys a dress for a bump you don’t have yet and don’t know when you will have? How can you dance on a piece of paper at midnight because God said so? Who keeps saying the same bible verses over and over believing that they would become her reality?
One of the things I had decided to do whilst waiting to have children was to have fun. There was no point putting life on hold because I wasn’t pregnant. So, in that time, I hung out with my friends. Hubby and I travelled and kept up our date nights. I continued my blogging and helping women. At the same time, I created business tools that would improve my team’s productivity.
I had obviously come to a place of rest in God for me to even stop counting my cycles pedantically. I missed my period and didn’t realise I had. That’s where the Holy Spirit in us is so beautiful. I was at work on this fateful day, doing God knows what, when I heard Him say I was late on my period and I was pregnant. I immediately paused. He said check your diary, your period is late. The speed at which I opened my diary was phenomenal. There it was right before me. I was four days late. He then reminded me of the kit He told me to buy. He said, now you can use it. I could hardly wait to get home to take the pregnancy test.
As soon as I walked in the door, I went straight to my room and brought out the kit. The time between peeing on that stick and seeing the result seemed to drag. Finally, there it was before my eyes… 1-2 weeks pregnant. I had never seen a pregnant result before and finally, here I was with one. I can’t even begin to explain how I felt. Elated, excited, happy, tearful all at once. I think I screamed first, then I started praising God before I got on the floor still praising Him. I spoke in tongues for I don’t know how long just praising Him for this miracle.
Then I got straight on the phone to hubby who was in Germany on a work trip. He wasn’t in his hotel room yet but he would call me when he got in. I am not a very patient person (God is working on me) and I could hardly wait for him to call me back. As soon as he called on FaceTime, I put the stick in front of the camera. He was shell shocked. And then he was happy. And then reality hit us once again. We were going to be parents. We were finally going to be parents!
Can I just say that the enemy is a sore loser! Five days after we found out I was pregnant, I started bleeding. I can’t even begin to explain the panic that wanted to set in. My hubby was back home from his trip so I just calmly asked him to get my phone so, I could call the GP. The GP asked me to come in straightaway and performed a pregnancy test. It confirmed what I already knew. He called the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit at Watford General Hospital. I went in for them to assess what was causing the bleeding.
At this stage, the nurse in the unit couldn’t see a heartbeat. The only way to tell if I was pregnant was to run a hCG test to see if the pregnancy hormone was in my system and do a vaginal scan. With the test, I was need to come back in 48 hours to redo it. This was because it allowed time for the hormone to change in levels. After my blood was taken, I was told the pregnancy hormone in my bloodstream was really low. This may be because it was still early days in the pregnancy. There were 2 likely outcomes with the test. My hormone levels would go up, showing I had a viable pregnancy or they would go down, meaning I had miscarried.
Those next 48 hours were hard! I can’t lie, they were. Don’t know how many times I said out loud to myself “I will not miscarry, the Lord will fulfil the number of my days” and “I will not cast my fruit before time because I am a tither.” Then to upset me further, the junior doctor who took my blood after 48 hours misspoke. I actually can’t forget her tone. “Oh, your hormone levels are really low, you may have had an early miscarriage.”
I remember the Holy Spirit telling me to not respond. All I wanted to do was shout at her and tell her where I was coming from. Instead, I smiled and said nothing. Waiting for the phone call from the hospital with the result was hard. When the phone call came and it was positive news, I can’t even begin to explain how happy I was. For weeks after though, the fear of miscarrying lingered. I had to keep making confessions that I wouldn’t miscarry.
I remember what broke the fear of losing the pregnancy from me. Reading Psalm 91 in The Passion Translation. I was free. The Holy Spirit gave me an understanding of where I stood as a child of God. For the enemy to touch my baby and I, he was going to have to go through God as I was hidden in God. Such reassurance! I became so confident, I was almost cocky at one point. I went from not telling people I was pregnant or when I was due to boldly even telling them my exact due date. That’s what happens when you know who you are in God. Your confidence goes through the roof.
had a generally good pregnancy. Did I have one or two hiccups along the way? Yes, I did but by most people’s stories, I had a good pregnancy. I even got on the plane twice with my bump. My husband wasn’t too pleased about one of my trips but I wasn’t letting pregnancy slow me down. I kept up my confessions; praying for my baby, her development and her future.
Thirty-eight weeks and two days after conception, my waters broke, and I went into labour. Even whilst I was in labour, the enemy was still trying to mess with me. After being in labour for almost twenty-four hours, I accepted an epidural. As I said yes to the epidural, the enemy whispered to me that despite all my confessions and prayers, I wasn’t having a supernatural childbirth. As he said it, I heard “But God is good no matter what” in Bill Johnson’s voice. It doesn’t get more supernatural than that!
On the 16th of May 2018, after 27 hours in labour, Arabella Araoluwa Ifeanyichukwu Oluwapamilerin Oduah was born via emergency caesarean section. I didn’t get to meet her another hour as I had to be put under general anaesthetic to complete the procedure. My lung muscles had relaxed as a result of the epidural and I couldn’t breathe. Her names signify this journey and her assignment. Arabella means answered prayer. Araoluwa means the wonder of God. Ifeanyichukwu means nothing is impossible with God. Oluwapamilerin means God has caused me to laugh.
This journey has been interesting to say the least. There were highs and lows but God was constant. There were moments of doubt and fear but also, unshakeable faith. I’ve asked God many questions on this journey. He has said many things to me. The one that stands tall over the others is this; encourage others. 2 Corinthians 1:4 is it. “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”
I read this close to tears. Your testimony is one that encourages not just those waiting on God for the fruit of the womb but for everyone going through one storm or the other. I have especially learnt that in life there would always be highs and lows but God remains constant. I have also learnt not to put my life on hold whilst waiting for an answer to a prayer.
Thank you so much for sharing. I am greatly encouraged.
Be Thou exalted. 3ce
Be Thou exalted 3ce
Amazing God. I literally check the blog every morning for the next part. I’m currently in a waiting period for something as well. This story has really stirred up my faith. God bless you Bunmi.
I Woke up with this song in my spirit this morning Almighty God, …All powerful God,.. You are worthy to receive all our praise…You reign forevermore and boom saw this on instagram. God’s wonders is indescribable. God bless Araoluwa and her parents mightily in Jesus name. Amen
God is faithful… the one who did yours will do mine in Jesus name. Even as I wait on him for my future partner. Thank you lord
Such a beautiful testimony of God’s goodness. I think God is so cool to ask you to get a Preggy kit. He knew that you would need it. He is always proactive, always ahead of the game. He is the ultimate game changer! The first and the last, Alpha and the Omega! I rejoice with you. Your praise report made me laugh and cry at the same time. I was dancing and smiling so hard. And when I saw the Bible verse 2 Corinthians 1:4 “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others…”I almost lost it. You won’t know it but God made you include that verse for my benefit. It has been my meditation and a neon sign in the eyes of my heart. God bless you for sharing. I was truly blessed and encouraged not because I desire a child but to be assured yet again of His salvation and grace which is beyond amazing.
Glory to God. Encouraged already. Awesome and glorious God will perfect all the wonderful things ahead in Jesus’ name. Amen.
wow! I tap into this great testimony. The wonder of God indeed. God bless u and the Glory and wonders of God will manifest in Araoluwa’s life. I am encouraged
Hallelujah God has proved once again that He has won the Victory…. congratulations.
Thank you so much for sharing ..
Hallelujah God has proved once again that He has won the Victory…. congratulations.
Thank you very much Bunmi for the blessing of sharing your story. You don’t know how much it means to someone like me. May God cause Ara to grow in wisdom, stature and favor with God and man.
wow, God is great and greatly to be praised, I rejoice with you Sis and I know I will carry my own children too, Amen, God never forgets
Wow. Glory to God
In all, God is awesome. I have read your story, I can’t help but bless God for your life. The devil did try but he is always defeated. God bless your home. Continue being an inspiration to me…
What an amazing testimony. To God alone be all Glory and honor . He chose to use you as a vessel for his name to be glorified.
Thank you Lord for indeed you are The God of Wonders beyond this Galaxy.
Awesome! God of Angel Armies is with us! Hallelujah!!
Wow!!!!!! God is indeed faithful!
Beautiful Testimony Bunmi
I am so happy for you and hubby
Oluwa seun ooo
Wow wow wow!
I’m in love with you already, even with today being my first day of reading from your post. I love your drive for God. It wrote another epistle to me which is even kinda diverted from this wonderful story. I’m challenged!
God grant you greater testimonies to share!
I’ve just always learned that whoever God is using to counsel people, He always gives them a depth to talk from and if you don’t have a likely experience you might not get their attention. They/we are kinda always used as experiment which makes us strong enough to help others like that 2Corinthians 1:4 that was quoted.
I’m already a fan!
God bless her.
We serve a great God! His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are far from ours. Glory to God! Thank you so much for sharing this powerful testimony. God bless you!!!!
Awesome God! I tap into this testimony and i receive the gift of David and Daniel in Jesus name.Amen
Wow so awesome this God..so touching thank you so much for sharing your journey am really blessed,learning to trust God and hold him by His word
To God be the glory for His faithfulness in your family. Thank yo for sharing.
Hallelujah for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth!
Hallelujah, Hallelujah praise the Lord!!
Hallelujah for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth!!!
Hallelujah, Hallelujah praise the Lord!!!!
Awwwww… thank you Jesus! Congratulations! It’s nice to meet AraOluwa. God is just awesome. My take home is the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we wait during this journey. Thanks for sharing with us.
I wanted to say congratulations! I came about your story through a infertility Instagram post and I said I had to read your story! It is so inspiring, and you write with so much emotion! Praise God for finally blessing you with you beautiful daughter!
Yes we serve a living God. Thank you for this testimony;baby Ara is blessed.
Our God is a way maker
God is good no matter what .. Apt ..
The Holyspirit told me the same thing in another way this morning “ my goodness isn’t defined by the happenings in your life ; I am God all by myself”
Congrats to you and yours and may your joy remain full Sis
Such a great testimony! God bless you for sharing this
Wowwww. U just stirred up my faith to another level in God. Thank u Jesus Christ. For me not to get d answer I’m trusting God for my hubby, d enemy will have to go thru God..
That sealed it. Thank u for sharing. God bless Ara, coindentally she shares names with one of my twin girls… Oluwajuwon Araoluwa and Oluwajomiloju Ewaoluwa. There’s no going back now. I surrender totally to God
To God be the glory ,great thing he has done…..Beautiful baby.May rejoicing never seize from your home
Our God!!! Ma, you should host a conference. So many heart broken needs to hear this story. What!!
Powerful praise testimony!
I thank God for the mature man of God, your husband that stood by you through all these ordeal…..
Some men disappear in this kinda of situation…
Your testimony will be permanent IJN
Amen, thank you!
I wept! What a journey! What a testimony! Again, what a journey! I read all your posts here tonight and am I blessed! Thank you for giving to the Lord, thank you for encouraging us, thank you sis, thank you. May your life always honour God, and may you remain in the centre of His will.
There is power in the name of jesus to break every chain. Such a power testimony filled with words of encouragememt. Truely God is God, and there is no one like him. His words are ever true.
I salute your courage ma, and a big congratulations, and i must say, God is not done with u, he hasnt even started what his plans are for u. Thank u for encouraging me with Ara. Much love
Thank you so much Damilola for your lovely comment. Amen and amen to your prayers.
This is encouraging. It’s a proof that God is faithful at all times.
Thanks so much for sharing. I love you ma.
You’re welcome. I am glad that you were encouraged by my testimony.