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Our Birth-Day Prayer


Psalm 22:9-10 says

Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb
and led me to trust you…
I was thrust into your arms at my birth.
You have been my God from the moment I was born.

Tomorrow, more than any other day in my life, I am praying that God continues to be faithful to His word. He says that it does not return void. He has done it in the past, and we pray that He continues the good work that He has begun in our family. Zoe is being born under circumstances that are both out of our control, and not in our plan. We are trusting His plan for us and for her.

So many of you who are reading this right now have supported us throughout our lives in various ways. And many of you have prayed already this week for us, and we are so thankful for that. But, I’d like to ask you to do it again. I’m begging you to not just “think” about us, or “hope” for us. Take time today, and especially in the morning tomorrow, to say a prayer for our family. That may sound selfish, and maybe it is. But we believe that God responds to the prayers of His people. When Abraham prayed, God changed His plans to destroy. When Daniel prayed, lions were calmed. When the Hebrew people prayed and fasted, Ester was spared.

We know that there are so many people who love us, and care about our family enough to take a few minutes and pray. Even if you’ve been praying for us all along, tomorrow morning is going to be a very vulnerable time for us. We need His strength in our weakness. We need his peace in our confusion. How confident we will be going in tomorrow, knowing that there are people all over who are praying for us. As a matter of fact, you can even write your prayer out, email or Facebook it to me or Hillary, and we would love to print it and post it in her NICU room. Feel free to even add scripture that is a truth you would speak into her life. How amazing to have the prayers of faithful believers, right there in the room with her at all times!

Tomorrow, God will deliver Zoe from the place that He has been knitting her for these 9 months. She will continue to be in His arms as she has surgery on her back, and as she continues to grow into the woman He has planned for her to be. Thank you all for everything that you have done for our family throughout our lives. We will continue to need you as our family adds a member, and we experience the normal “growing pains” of a family of four. We love all of you so much, and thank you for your prayers!


From → blog, Faith, Family, marriage, Zoe

  1. Gina Duncan permalink

    To your Zoe (Zo Zo):

    Jeremiah 1:5
    “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.”

    Jeremiah 29:11
    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

    Phillipians 4:19
    “And my God shall supply all of your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

    For John and Hillary:

    Phillipians 4:7
    GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
    “Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.”

    Please know that our family is praying for you and your Zoe.
    Excited for you and can’t wait to see pictures of your precious baby Zoe:)
    Gary & Gina Duncan

  2. Kelly Mahon permalink

    *Hebrews 11:1* “Now, faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see.”

    It’s my absolute favorite 🙂 Thanking God for the amazing plans He has for little Zoe’s life and for your family’s life together as well. May He give you strength and courage in the coming days. Lots of love, hugs, and prayers for you all 🙂

  3. Berna Brosnan permalink

    John and Hillary,
    You are amazing and wonderful people. You have such a big heart for everyone and a great leader for our children so now is our turn to return some of that back to you. You’ll are in our thoughts and prayers for a great delivery and a fast recovery. If there is anything else that we can do then please let us know. I can’t wait to see pictures of little miss Zoe and to see her in person. That care and see you’ll soon.

    Berna Brosnan

  4. Steven Held permalink

    Dear John and Hillary,

    May Zoe be blessed and may everything go smoothly and easily. All of us in Richmond are praying and pulling for you. Good luck and God speed.



  5. Thank you guys for your prayers and support! We’re really looking forward to seeing Zoe and celebrating with everyone about what God is doing in our family.

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