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By Andrea Johnson

Learning I was pregnant with our second child was not welcome news – not that I didn’t want another child because I certainly did. I loved being a mom to our son, but the timing for this pregnancy could not have been worse.

Our marriage was unstable at best. And because of my husband’s moral failures, we had had to leave our past jobs and move to an apartment in a small town with few job opportunities. Still paying for theology degrees which seemed of little use now that we were out of ministry, neither of us made much money. We could barely support the three of us.

Yet when a woman I had met mentioned she would just have an abortion, I could not even entertain the thought. Our difficulties were not the fault of our baby. And even though I was stressed about how we would provide for our children, I knew that somehow with God’s help we would manage.

When our baby girl was born, I was once again in awe as I had been with our son. She was perfect with lots of beautiful, dark hair (which turned blonde by the time she was two), big blue eyes, perfect fingers and toes, and a cute little button mouth. I could not get over how much of a miracle she was. My husband had found a good job and seemed to settle down. For a time everything seemed perfect.

But things changed. After we served another stint in ministry, my worst fears materialized. My husband again backslid and I was left alone with two children. While growing up, I had dreamed of being a missionary caring for orphans. Now I didn’t even know how I would be able to care for my own two children.

God did not abandon us though. He was not limited to my few resources. He used our amazing church family, friends, and other loved ones in many ways. They helped provide me with a job, childcare, assistance with car repairs, and badly needed moral support. My kids – my joy – kept me going.

And that little girl? She is now a public school teacher about to be married, and I cannot imagine life without her. She allowed the things I was afraid would ruin her to help refine her instead. She has strong convictions because she has seen the consequences of poor choices. She has a bold personality because she realizes she’s a daughter of the King. She loves deeply. She has great faith because she KNOWS the One who has always been faithful to her. I’m amazed by her and even more amazed by her Creator. His timing is perfect.

About The Author

Andrea Johnson
Managing Editor

In her spare time you will most likely find Andrea Johnson with family or friends, or outdoors hiking. She and her husband, Dennis, are blessed with four children and five grandchildren.