Instagram user, Antoinette Chris-Oguta took to her Instagram page to make a testimony of how God answered her prayers and gave her a baby when she least expected one.
Here is an excerpt from the post she shared:
“As God would have it, @nathanielblow started the #HallelujahChallenge in June and we joined in. We tuned in together (thank God for FaceTime), wrote our testimonies down exactly as we wanted them, danced, praised and thanked God like we had already received our gift. Our faith bolstered but we had to back it up with works ? This time we weren’t putting our faith in ovulation calculators. Our faith was in the One who gives children. That blessed weekend, our miracle happened but we didn’t find out till weeks later.
It was a day before I was to go back to Nigeria. We had initially planned to take the strip test together but the suspense was killing me so I took the test alone & there it was. Faint but there regardless. The second line. I still can’t fully put the emotions I felt that day into words. ~
I got back to Nigeria and had my ultrasound scan done. Scan showed just my embryo. No fibroids. So I went back to the doctor to clarify. She said “If the scan shows no fibroids, it’s because there are no fibroids in your womb”. I had 2 other ultrasounds done. No fibroids. All gone! Not 1, not 2, all 3! ~”
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January 2017 ~ My Husband & I had completed our marriage ceremonies a couple of days before the new year. Honeymoon in tow, our year was definitely off to a great start. Or so we thought. ~ We had agreed to start building our family immediately after getting married and while on our honeymoon, it seemed our “wish” had been granted. I was convinced I was pregnant. It came as a shock to me then when Mother Nature came visiting. So uninvited. Didn’t we get the ‘timing’ right? Hubby was moving to Canada and my papers were still in the process of getting sorted out so our chances of having our “2017” baby were cut short (Like the timing depended on us ??♀️ I’m sure God was just shaking His head at us). ~ A few days after he left, I visited the hospital to get a scan done. That’s when I got the shocker of my life. My cycles had been so irregular for about a year but I never thought much about it. The doctor pointed at the screen as he performed the ultrasound and showed me his findings in my womb. Fibroids. Not 1. Not 2. But 3. ~ I was also diagnosed with Hormonal Imbalance and by February, my body had changed drastically. I packed on a lot of weight, had major hyperpigmentation and for the first time ever in my life, fat, painful, pus-filled ACNE all over my face. I didn’t even want to be seen in public. The DMs/comments asking about/congratulating me on the supposed status of my uterus didn’t make things better either so I decided to stay off social media for a while. ~ Shortly after, I fell ill and got admitted to the hospital for “Chronic Typhoid”. That same period, I developed hemorrhoids (pile) out of the blue. There were days I could neither sit, lie down nor walk. I’d just kneel and weep. (@adenikeoyetunde Thank you for being a strong pillar of support during this time. God bless you for me). I didn’t need an Einstein telling me that the devil was clearly attacking my health but it was all a lot for me to handle and I couldn’t help but ask God why He was allowing all of it. Just when we thought things couldn’t possibly get worse, the Canadian Embassy got back to us with a negative report – my visa was denied.
I went on a detox cleanse and started taking some medications to help with balancing my hormones. This helped a bit with clearing the acne and my next cycle was exactly 28 days – which had not happened in a long time. I was elated. We put in a new application to Canada & to help with the long distance blues, Hubby decided to pay a short visit to Nigeria so we started tracking my ovulation again – with the hopes of planning his trip around the ‘perfect time’. ~ This time I was sooo sure! I took the strip test twice. Negative, both times. I lived in denial for 2 days & shrugged it off as ‘spotting’ till it obviously wasn’t spotting. It was like for every short burst of happiness I felt, immeasurable pain followed. From the tests, hospital bills & medications, to our Canada applications, hubby’s trip, the long distance, coupled with the wedding expenses that we were supposed to be recovering from, it was draining – emotionally & financially. ~ I am just so grateful, that in those times, NOT ONCE did my husband give up or leave me by myself. On the days I would sulk & refuse to pray, he would call & he would pray alone while I kept mute over the phone. He would send me scriptures throughout the day to remind me of God’s promises, His goodness, His faithfulness – all the times He had come through for us even when we least deserved it. ~ Things started looking up in May. Hubby suggested I come over to the U.S for a while so he could take weekend trips to spend time with me. More expenses but that way, we’d be closer. ~ Earlier that month, he sent me some scriptures about God’s promises towards fruitfulness and we started studying “Supernatural Childbirth” together. Believing in the exponential power of agreement (Gen. 2:18, Ecc. 4:9-11, Deut. 32:30, Matt. 18:19), we declared God’s promises and confessed His Word together every day. To build our faith, we incorporated 1 day of fasting together every week into this. We weren’t just believing for a child, we were also believing for total healing for me & that we’d be reunited as soon as possible. We spoke to our bodies to align with God’s Word and to function properly as God intended from the beginning.
As God would have it, @nathanielblow started the #HallelujahChallenge in June and we joined in. We tuned in together (thank God for FaceTime), wrote our testimonies down exactly as we wanted them, danced, praised and thanked God like we had already received our gift. Our faith bolstered but we had to back it up with works ? This time we weren’t putting our faith in ovulation calculators. Our faith was in the One who gives children. That blessed weekend, our miracle happened but we didn’t find out till weeks later. ~ It was a day before I was to go back to Nigeria. We had initially planned to take the strip test together but the suspense was killing me so I took the test alone & there it was. Faint but there regardless. The second line. I still can’t fully put the emotions I felt that day into words. ~ I got back to Nigeria and had my ultrasound scan done. Scan showed just my embryo. No fibroids. So I went back to the doctor to clarify. She said “If the scan shows no fibroids, it’s because there are no fibroids in your womb”. I had 2 other ultrasounds done. No fibroids. All gone! Not 1, not 2, all 3! ~ Fast forward to February 2018. I was a month to my due date and joining my husband in Canada before the birth of our baby didn’t seem anywhere near possible. We had prayed so much about our reunion but from our human perspective, it just didn’t seem possible before the birth of our child so we went ahead of ourselves and started making plans to have our baby delivered in Houston. Hospital & doctor’s appointment scheduled, flight booked, I was on my way to get my fit-to-fly report for my trip when my phone rang. It was a call from Canadian High Commission asking me if I would like to have my baby in Canada (I had sent several emails before and had been told there was nothing that could be done about my case). I could not believe my ears! How did they fly past February, March and early/mid April applications to get to mine?! Everything happened so lightning fast that in a week, I had gotten my passport back, was on a flight to Toronto & on Valentine’s Day, I got reunited with the love of my entire life after one excruciating year! #JUSTLIKETHAT
A lot of things I’ve left out (because there’s only so much instagram can take really) but I believe I’ve passed the main message across. • • God is MORE REAL and closer to us than the skin on our bones! And He is sooo mindful of us! The Earth is His and even at what seems like the last minute to us, He just moves! NOTHING and I mean absolutely nothing is impossible for Him! • • The devil really tried it! First he attacked my health. Then my physical appearance. Then my state of mind. But all that time I was wondering why God was allowing these things happen to me, He was working on me… preparing my story for His Glory. Moulding me, teaching me, breaking me, transforming me. I have come out stronger than before. My Faith? Bolstered. I am emboldened. And even the devil knows right now that he can’t touch this. Because all he meant for evil, God turned around and made beautiful! My health, my state of mind, our child, our marriage… My husband and I agree that our relationship, our love, despite being long distance has grown stronger than ever before. It was HARRD, and painful, and a whole lot of not pleasant things. This whole experience stretched us beyond limits we could never have imagined. But keeping God as our foundation, we made it work. We stayed committed to each other and put to flight 10,000! And God gave us beauty for ashes! Our joy knows no bounds, our relationship with our Father and faith in Him to do the miraculous has grown exponentially. • • I drew a lot of strength from the story of Job in the Bible. Joseph too but mainly Job. If you’re going through a particularly rough time right now or waiting on God for something… anything… a job, healing, a child, a spouse… and it legit feels like you’ve come to the end of the road, I’m here to encourage you and tell you that God ALWAYS makes a way even when it seems like it’s all over. It can be hard but hold on and let Him know that just like Jacob, you won’t leave Him till He blesses you! Even when it seems like He’s quiet (ESPECIALLY when He’s quiet), He always knows what He’s doing. Know this – His plans for you are ALWAYS good. God’s got you! ❤️