Dear Nurturing Readers,
On March 1, 2002, I was rushed into an emergency C-section. Oxygen levels were dropping quickly. And my first child was born. Gabriel looked at me with his cupid lips and angel eyes with such amazing presence. It was as if we have met before. But there was chaos in the O.R. And I was reminded that Gabriel may not live past the first year because of his rare medical condition. Gabriel was born with Giant Pigmented Nevus. However, fourteen years later and thirteen surgeries, Gabriel is thriving. I am thriving. We are thriving. It took faith, belief, courage, tears, prayers, friends and family to go through this “Life Storm.” It was act of God… an act of expanding my consciousness.
I was asked, “Jennifer, why do you think Gabriel was born with this?” It was to wake me up, set me on my life path, to witness the tender mercy and grace of a loving God. I have healed through my son. Gabriel has offered me amazing compassion, acceptance, non-judgmental listening, and forgiveness. He has hugged me when I felt shame, guilt, and fear and told me that it is going to be okay. He has listened to my trauma and extended kindness and compassion like no other. He has wiped my tears and prayed for me.
I chose Gabriel’s name before he was born. Gabriel means “Devoted to God.” And the scripture for Gabriel conveys, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2
These pictures are reminders of the fourteen years and the power that we have in love. I let go of fear, dropped the barriers and allowed love and peace to rule my heart. I choose LOVE!
May you be encouraged that things can change or things do change.
You are never lost or broken. You are remembering. You are returning home. You are returning to love, peace, and joy.
You are a survivor. You are a warrior. You are stronger than you’ve ever imagined. You are victorious. And things are unfolding in perfect timing!!
Happy Birthday Gabriel!
All my love,