Journey part2

Continued from “Journey Part 1.” …what I didn’t know was, well, it’s better expressed in this quote by EM Forster “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to live the life that is waiting for us.”

Seven months after the birth of our now 4-year son, I became pregnant but had a miscarriage at 10 weeks. This event repeated itself again the next year with a loss (stillborn) at four months pregnancy just weeks before my mother passed away. This time I waited one full to “try” again but same outcome – a stillborn baby at five months. I didn’t relent, but waited longer… and again recently (June 2010) had a stillborn at six months pregnancy. OK, OK, I don’t even know if there are any words to accurately describe the feeling of experiencing such loss and demise consecutively. The most recent loss completely baffled me and shook my world. This was indeed a heavy cross to carry! See, what’s funny is, spiritually, I understood that God was by my side during these dark periods and only He knew the answers, so I was willing to accept that He has other plans for me. Well… Uhmm… Obviously!!!!!!!!! Emotionally, it was a different story – I was so shocked, broken, confused, dissapointed, flabbergasted, dazed… but something remarkable happened…

Lying on the hospital bed after undergoing painful contractions and pushing out my lifeless baby into the hands of the doctors, I was still in disbelief. When our baby was handed over to the warm arms of my husband, I froze in utter shock and dismay. Unbelievable!!! This is NOT happening! Not again! As difficult as it was to even look at this precious soul peacefully covered by my husband’s embrace, I wanted to have a moment with her. But each time I extended my arms to hold her, I withdrew, looked away, cried, took deep breaths…, tried again… same scenario… About an hour went by before I’d say I overcame that fear, gathered some courage to approach, accept the reality of carrying my lifeless baby.

Holding her in my arms was deeply painful, yet so special, powerful and magical. Sitting there looking at her, observing her tiny features, thinking of the moments she would have shared with us, what she would have become, the anticipation and excitement of my family shattered, my late mother’s wish dashed, I couldn’t help sobbing… On the flip side, somehow I knew in my heart she had to be a special messenger. I knew that I knew that I knew my life would not be the same because she lavished me with Hope. Yes, her body was lifeless, yet it ignited so much light in me. Yes, she uttered no words but spoke volumes to my heart. How could this be?!? The best and easiest way to say this is that the baby died and woke me up!!!!!!!!!!

I made a promise to her and her siblings who now call Heaven home; to honor them by appreciating my life and all that I possess. They are WORTHY!!! I am WORTHY!!! This Is Significant!!!

Proverbs 3:5?!? After returning home from the hospital, how was I going to move forward? That was the big question. OK, I concluded that this was one of those times to “Trust God… and lean not on my own understanding” as eloquently expressed in Proverbs 3:5. But really?? As tempting as it was to sulk in misery!? Physically I was still healing, but somehow I found mental stamina. Thus I was determined to optimize my environment, get rid of negative spirit, maintain a positive attitude, stand firm in my belief and push even harder. I was different: at peace, hopeful, optimistic, faithful… still cautious, I would say… but I expected better, brighter days. Family and friends responded immediately to pour out their support and celebrate the “life” my little precious angel had with us. I participated in the celebration. Observers kept commenting that I was “taking things in stride”. I don’t know, maybe I wasn’t so miserable, sure, but I think I was still somewhat reluctant of letting go too soon… no, not too soon…

Time to retreat and seek. When all the population disappeared, I thought it was wise to retreat, ask , seek, give thanks, and see what happens… But how could I “Give Thanks” in a situation like this? Uhmm, well, I just lost a baby; isn’t that enough justification to be bitchy?!? Thanking God was confusing – It felt like I was quickly dismissing the worthiness of the babies’ lives but at the same time, I knew I had to humble myself. Knowing is one thing, applying the knowledge is another. Well, my husband didn’t miss giving thanks everyday in our prayers and this practice definitely had instant rewards. The more I did, the easier it was to “see” God’s will. I was now willing to use all the energy stemming from hurt, grief, dissapointment and re-direct it into PASSION for Living and productivity. I knew I had to go within, spend time with the Source of Strength! One day I chose my favorite time to meditate. In our home, this is usually when everyone is gone to bed and there’s utmost tranquility. Ahhh, what a great time for me, myself and I to communiacte with God. I absolutely love having all three of “ME” together with God because united, in sync, we all see possibilities…, one of which led to the lauching of OH, LEAD ME! – a place where duty is born out of Love!

Quite frankly, I must admit the anguish did not instantly melt away…  I was still not detached. So many things around me reminded me of my baby. Well, the “bulge” was still embelishing my appearance for crying out loud. No doubt our son kept rubbing my tummy with the words “baby inside Mama’s tummy”. Aaawww, this touched me dearly but also tore me apart. The baby crib was still gracing its rightful position and tiny pink items were catching my eyes everyday. I actually felt like escaping…

All of this was happening in the midst of a move to a new home. So the idea of starting a huge undertaking like “OH Lead Me” website was enormous. I needed a lot of help from My Source – – -

The Turning Point. My late mother, being who she is, couldn’t stand the sight of me in agony. She defied the grave and a  few days later, I had a very vivid dream of her in our home. Do you even call that a dream? She was “right there”!!! At first she seemed agitated and all I could hear were murmuring of words… I woke up, tried to make sense of what just happened, but to no avail. So I pleaded with her to return and make herself clear. Then immediately I drowned back to sleep, there she was, walking up the stairs into our bedroom, smiling, radiant, well dressed, glowing, right there offering me comfort; but mostly she spent the time drooling over her grandson, rejoicing and singing about how grown he was since the last time she “saw” him. She turned her attention to me again; her message much more explicit: “…ENJOY Your Life!” When I heard those words, Oh was I elated, reguvenated and re-energized beyond wordsss!!!!!! I leaped out of bed and texted my siblings announcing this awesome news… and they replied with curiousity for details and rejoiced with me.

One thing is sure, this woman (straight from Heaven) knows her daughter; and so in keeping with her words, the only way I know how to really enJOY my life is to be in sync with My Source of Infinite Power, Use my Gifts to Create Life as directed, while Serving Humanity

I’ll continue living, enJOYing my life; continue dreaming and Hope/Pray that someone who is dismayed, whose plans were dashed will also get Rejuvenated by my message… because the truth is, we are all connected beings who need each other. You too are worthy of Happiness, Fulfillment, and Freedom from negative grip. You are worthy to Create your own Realities and Destiny! I can only hope that your own adventures prove to be equally rewarding for you now and in the future… and the universe provides you with the best surprise solutions when you bodly seek and step into the unknown in pursuit of your aspirations. After all, “all things work together for good to them that love God, and are the called according to his purpose.” You can’t go wrong with Romans 8:28 LOL

  • Many thanks to my babies for reminding to be more appreciative of life and its abundance.
  • Many thanks to my late Mom for continuing to comfort me and offer her warm touch, reassuring words and unconditional Love.
  • Thanks to the pillar in my life who is ever so gracious and firm: my husband, partner, friend. Heeeyy “Chicito” !
  • Thanks to the dynamic trio (my younger sister, younger brother and myself) for encouraging each other to pursue our dreams. Especially to my younger sister for reminding that she benefited a lot from my ability to motivate her growing up and pushed me to explore this prowess.
  • Thanks to other siblings for their support throughout my journey.
  • And, thank You, thank You, O thank You, Lord God, Wow, for putting up with me so mercifully!
  • Thank You for adorning me with precious Gifts! All of this is for Your Glory ohh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

35 comments to Journey2

  • very inspiring sroties. Great thanx to you and to all the people who develope this site. keep going and good luck.

    • Hi there Plush Animals, (love that name by the way) Thank you for your encouragements and good wishes. Just so you know, you inspire us to keep going… and we’ll forever be grateful for that.

      Blessings,
      Therra
      LAUGH ALL YOU CAN, IT’S FREE MEDICINE!

  • Many thanks for the article. I will have a link back to this information from our fresh blog. Thanks again.

    • Hey Disney Plush, I’d turn it around and say many, many Thanks to you. I hope your audience at your Fresh Blog will find the information useful. That’s why we do what we do… Thanks a lot for your support.

      Blessings,
      Therra
      LAUGH ALL YOU CAN, IT’S FREE MEDICINE!

  • Hi there! Is it OK if I go a bit off topic? I am trying to read your page on my iPod Touch but it doesn’t display properly, do you have any suggestions? Cheers! Kevin

    • Hi Kevin, so sorry you encountered problems on your iPod. I wish I knew how the device operates, I’d be the first to fix it. LOL! I hope you come back and visit as often as you desire.

      Blessings,
      Therra
      LAUGH ALL YOU CAN, IT’S FREE MEDICINE!

  • Briana

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!! GREAT MEESAGE!

    • Aaawww Brina, Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! Thanks for uplifting our spirits with that wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww message!!!!

      Blessings,
      Therra
      LAUGH ALL YOU CAN, IT’S FREE MEDICINE!

  • Florence

    Therra,
    you are such an inspiration!!! Through your experiences you’ve confirmed to me that God’s time is always the best even though it may not be ours. Whenever I call you up about my own life challenges, you somehow transform it into something positive and the end is always great. how you do it, only God alone knows and all I can say is, THANK YOU LORD for such overflow of blessings. QUE LE SEIGNEUR VOUS BENISSE, TON MARI ET TES ENFANTS! Je vous aime tous et accepte les bisoux de ta grande seour,
    Ma Flor.

    • Hey Grand Seour, you’re making us feel very plush with all that bisoux coming from you. Thank you so much for your benediction and support. Your insightful compliments are very uplifting. You know it means a lot coming from you.

      Blessings,
      Therra
      LAUGH ALL YOU CAN, IT’S FREE MEDICINE!

    • Hey Bmx Flatland, now that’s an interesting name – I like it! It’s soooo nice of you to stop by and thanks for opening your heart. I’m very appreciative.

      Blessings,
      Therra
      LAUGH ALL YOU CAN, IT’S FREE MEDICINE!

  • Donna

    Thanks dear, for sharing your story. I felt a connection with you…..this made me feel so strong all over again.

    thanks and blessings,
    Donna

    • WooooWooo Donna! “Strong all over again”, I am energized by those words. Of course there’s connection; our hearts are in sync and we are here for each other. Your words hit a core level and I want to sincerely thank you for that. Our spirits are not stationary so they wake up and fly high where there’s inspiration. Thanks for connecting…

      Blessings,
      Therra
      LAUGH ALL YOU CAN, IT’S FREE MEDICINE!

  • admin

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you guys so much for taking your precious time to visit. People like you give us reasons to keep going… Let’s keep the dream alive and radiate this energy wherever we go!

    Blessings,
    Therra
    LAUGH ALL YOU CAN, IT’S FREE MEDICINE!

  • Betty

    Therra what a story. May you continue to be an inspiration to all. I will put this link in my favorites straight away. You have given me such positive energy today. Thank you so much. B x

    • admin

      Thanks Betty for your precious time here. It means a lot that you’re linking ohleadme to your favorites. It was my hope that someone derives “positive energy” when they arrive & leave here and I’m soooooo glad to did. For that I should Thank God!
      Blessings,
      Therra
      LAUGH ALL YOU CAN, IT’S FREE MEDICINE!

  • cathymarie7

    What a strong, faithful, beautiful person you are, Therra. Thanks for sharing your story and for finding me on Twitter. I pray you accomplish all your dreams! God Bless!

    • admin

      Hey Cathy, I’m delighted tweeter contributed to this, LOL! Thanks a lot for ur blessings, for I openly receive them. I believe in Dreams and I think I’m living one at this point in my life: Being there for my family and pursuing my true passion. I sincerely wish same for you!
      Blessings,
      Therra
      LAUGH ALL YOU CAN, IT’S FREE MEDICINE!

  • lia

    whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Therra your message is so inpiring. I luvvvvvvvvvv! it YOU GO GIRL
    ALWAYS TRUST IN THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AGAIN!!! :]

    • Yes Lia, Trusting in the Lord and the plans He has for you is key. Thanks. It’s always great to know someone is inspired!
      Blessings,
      Therra
      LAUGH all you can, It’s FREE Medicine!

  • Wow, that was a very good read through. Finally, somebody who truly thinks and appreciates what they are talking about. Extremely rare lately, particularly on the internet. I bookmarked your website and will make sure to keep coming back here if this is how you always post. Appreciate it, keep it up!

    • Thanks. I’m glad you think it is a good read :) Thanks for bookmarking the site, we look 4ward to your visit again.
      Blessings,
      Therra
      LAUGH all you can, It’s FREE Medicine!

  • This is the best blog I’ve ever seen in my life! I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to share your this with everyone.

    • Wow! that’s quite a statement. Thank you, thank you very much. I appreciate you as well :)
      Blessings,
      Therra
      LAUGH all you can, It’s FREE Medicine!

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  • nnmarilyn

    Therra Therra,

    Thanks for sharing. Everything happens for a reason. In every situation, we have to learn whatever lessons the Lord is trying to teach us. This will help us to grow and propel us faster to where He wants us to go.

    In btw-the picture of you in the hospital with the sun glasses on- priceless and soooo you! – Love you babes.

    M

  • Eric

    Wow Mommy T,
    Thanks for sharing. I can truely see the works of God in you as I read through. He teaches us the importance of living and appreciating life through different experiences.
    I’ll keep reading this blog over and over.
    Never stop doing what you do.

    Ericccccccccc

  • Evelyne Sama

    Therra, my heart goes out to you. Thank you so much for this website and for sharing your story and your struggles. You have inspired me today in so many ways. I just came back from adoration and was lost in thoughts, fill with doubts when i some how stumbled on your website. it took away my pain, gave me hope. Thank you so much. God bless you and your beautiful family. Eve Timioh

  • My dearest Therra, only God knows how he created you. After all you’ve been thru you stil find time to love and be so happy. U r a great role model to many. love u always mami Nyanga

    Sha-Sha

  • Now you have an exciting web page which I was pleased with

  • Hi, just believed i need to tell you something.. Twice now, I’ve landed on your blog in the last 3 weeks looking for totally unrelated things. Fantastic Info here! Keep up the great work, get the job done!

  • This design is spectacular! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Great job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  • I gotta favorite this site it seems handy handy

  • Linda

    Hi Therra,ever since u published this, I haven’t had the gutts to read thru and drop a comment. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew what the story was all abt and I could remember how u were hurting and it touched me deeply. I was escaping, didn’t want to feel that hurt again by reading. But such is life, I can’t escape forever. On the positive note, I’m pleased that putting this up reminds us of how precious life is and that we should always give thanks. Thank u for drawing us to our knees becos it is the best ‘place’ to meet God. You are an inspiration to many and me esp. Love from ur lil’ sis, Linda.

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