Jesus Loves Me, He Who Died

As we approach the 1-year anniversary of bringing home our micro-preemie, Harper Joy, I am continually overwhelmed by God’s grace. I often find myself scanning pictures of her 4-month stay in the NICU and it is so surreal. I see her tiny body under the florescent blue lights and the whirling sound of breathing machines, and the beeping of monitors echo in my head. I can’t believe that was her. I can’t believe that was us there in the NICU. Just the other day I was recapping the story to someone new that I met and I shared it in such a nonchalant way… “oh yea, our baby was born at 25 weeks”, “at one point they told us she wasn’t going to make it”… The woman I was talking to began to tear up and I was suddenly reminded of all my tears. It is easy to forget the blessings that are bestowed upon us. May we never take for granted our children and the tiny miracles they are. Everyone calls Harper a miracle, but I believe all children are miracles. Harper is a magnificent display of God’s grace, His hand in all things. Her middle name, Joy, was inspired by the scripture verse from James,

“Count it all JOY, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4

This may seem silly, but I am so thankful to have memorized all the verses to the song “Jesus Loves Me”. There are some real gospel truths in that song that were so comforting to me while Harper was in the NICU. I still sing it to her everyday…

Jesus loves me! this I know,

For the Bible tells me so;

Little ones to Him belong;

They are weak, but He is strong.

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Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He who died

Heaven’s gate to open wide;

He will wash away my sin,

Let His little child come in.

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Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! loves me still,

Tho’ I’m very weak and ill;

From His shinning thrown on high,

Comes to watch me where I lie.

prematurity awareness

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He will stay

Close beside me all the way;

Thou has bled and died for me,

I will henceforth live for Thee.

prematurity awareness

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

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If your baby’s story does not have a happy ending like Harper’s, you have my deepest sympathy. Please comment below or email me at laurie {at} onemomandablog {dot} com so that I can be praying for your heart. Also, if you are in the midst of your NICU journey I would love to be praying for you as well!

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Check out my post “How to Give Your Newborn a Bath“. A little trick I learned in the NICU!

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About Laurie

I'm a Child of God, wife, mother of 4, wellness advocate and writer. This blog is a journal of my days, a collection of my recipes and crafts, and hopefully, a platform for all families to share their ideas, encouragement, inspiration and advice! I'm striving to "bloom where I am planted". Don't wait until things are "perfect" to begin sharing your gifts. We are all part of one giant puzzle—don't be a missing piece!

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