As many of you know, there is a woman that I have a friendship with that goes beyond human terms. To describe the relationship I have with Brenda Vriezema, well, it is indescribable. This is the very woman who felt the call of God on her life, to carry our children, when I was not able. A woman who was willing to possibly sacrifice her life, so that we may have life. Some questioned if going through the gestational process was worth our friendship if it didn’t work. What those people did not understand was that our friendship went far beyond any circumstances. It is a friendship from God and where God reigns, it cannot be destroyed. No circumstance can separate.
If it wasn’t for Brenda’s obedience to God’s call on her life, I am not sure we would have Mazy Grace in our arms. Because of her response to the Holy Spirit, because of her faithfulness, that is why we now have a child of our own – even though our first two are in heaven. And THAT is how God knew it was to be. God knew He would be the one raising those two. Though He used those two little babies to change our lives. To change our lives for the better. To change our lives forever. And as Brenda said me, to forever bond us together.
You have heard my side of the story in various ways through this blog. Recently, Brenda shared her testimony with her church. As I read through it, I couldn’t help but ask right away if it was okay if I shared it with you all. You see, our stories aren’t just our stories – they are God’s stories. And we just can’t help but share what God has done in our lives. As she said, this is an abbreviated version of her story, but I feel it is a beautifully written testimony of God working in her life.
Brenda Vriezema’s Story:
My story of God’s grace in my life is deeply personal, extremely painful and yet marvelously beautiful.