This week I’m honored to introduce as a guest writer, a woman whom I know personally.
Aimie Ingalls is a 26-year-old wife and mother of two little boys. She grew up in a Christian home in St. Louis, and was saved and filled with the Holy Spirit at a very young age. She attended church regularly as a child and teen, and loves fun things like watching TV with her husband, laughing, wearing sweatpants, reading, swimming, and getting manicures and pedicures.
Aimie has always loved God, but wasn’t always in love with him. We’ve all heard that in the dating world, right?
This is Aimie’s story about how she truly fell in love with God, and the battle scars she earned in the process.
By Aimie Ingalls
Our God is a miracle worker; just have faith. “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16 – Let us come boldly! Go boldly before your King. God promises health to his people, he promises healing. Do not give up. I didn’t give up when I was pregnant with my oldest son, Connor, and he is alive today because of it.
When I was 27 weeks pregnant I went to see my OB because I felt uncomfortable. My OB referred me to a specialist at P/SL Hospital in Denver because she saw something strange on the ultrasound. The doctors at P/SL discovered a CCAM (Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation) in Connor’s right lung. The CCAM was displacing his good lung tissue and his heart causing him to swell. According to doctors, Connor had less than a 50% chance of being born alive. I was put on bed rest for 6 weeks and I underwent 7 in womb surgeries to drain the CCAM. During that time I was told over and over by doctors that my son was gravely ill and that there was a very slim chance of survival for him.
I felt like I was being slapped in the face every single day by the enemy. I spent a long time feeling sorry for myself and blaming myself for what was happening with my baby. I questioned God and repeatedly asked him, “Why me?” I was angry, sad, depressed, scared, and disgusted with my situation. But I made a decision to trust God and to put all of my hope in him. I knew that I had no other choice.
I prayed God’s word over my son all day, every day. I spoke life over him. I praised God for the healing that I believed we would receive. Before every in-womb surgery I believed that the CCAM would be gone and I thanked God for Connor’s immediate healing. The CCAM came back every single time. Instead of losing faith and being angry with God I CHOSE to praise him. I CHOSE to praise God in my storm because he was still God no matter what. He was still in control. My faith was tested but I would not let go of God, I would not stop believing. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
My family and I wrote out Bible verses on construction paper and hung them around my hospital room; I had KLOVE (a Christian radio station) playing 24 hours a day in my room because God inhabits the praises of his people; I spoke OUT LOUD in faith “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21, and confessed God’s promises of life and health for my son; I would not allow ANY negativity to be spoken in my room; I anointed my room and spiritually cleaned it proclaiming that only God was allowed in my room and that anything that was not of him had to leave in Jesus name; I filled up on God’s written word because it is a mighty weapon; I prayed for God to strengthen my faith “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7; I asked God to forgive me of anything that would keep my son from receiving his miracle, and I did not back down; I asked God for a miracle and I kept pressing in no matter what I saw with my eyes or heard with my ears.
I kept acting on my faith. “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. “James 5:15 – The prayer offered in FAITH. Have faith and you get what you ask for!!!!
Against all odds my Connor was born 6 weeks premature on January 9, 2008. The doctors warned us that Connor would not cry after delivery but he cried, PRAISE GOD! But we were not out of the woods yet. The CCAM in Connor’s lung tissue was drained right after birth and Connor was rushed to the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). Not long after he was delivered, a surgeon came to my room asking for consent to perform surgery. She told us that Connor was not stable and the CCAM needed to be removed immediately. She also informed us that the odds of him surviving surgery were very bad but she would do her best. As she spoke she was shaking. My husband signed the consent papers and she left.
Once again we turned to God. We began to pray out loud in the spirit and tell the enemy that Connor was a child of God, that he could not have him, and that Connor was healed. We called on God again and believed that Connor would live through the surgery. Only a few minutes later the surgeon returned, and with good news! The CCAM disappeared!!! They did an ultrasound of Connor’s chest to determine where they would need to operate and they couldn’t find the CCAM; and better yet, Connor stabilized! Our God is SOOO AWESOME!!! Three days later the CCAM was back but this time Connor was stable enough for surgery. He became the first baby to undergo a laparoscopic lung surgery. They removed 2/3 of his right lung and he spent 1 month in the NICU.
During that month my family and I prayed over him, anointed him with oil, and continued to speak in faith. I used to anoint Psalm 145 in my Bible and read it over and over and over to Connor. God watched over his word to perform it, his word did not and never will return void. Connor came home on February 8, 2008; such an incredible gift from God! The doctors said that Connor would be on oxygen for 1 year and Connor came off of oxygen just shy of 3 months old! We were told that Connor may always have just 1/3 of a right lung but at 1-year-old Connor was discharged from his lung surgeon’s care because his lung re-grew! Today he has 2 whole, fully functional, HEALTHY lungs!!! Connor is a miracle!! God is not a respecter of persons and you can get your miracle too!
Do not give up! Never stop hoping in God and having faith in his word. Let all men be liars; do not cling to the words of the doctors but to the written word of the living God. Insert your name into scripture. Claim God’s promises for yourself and your loved ones. Claim this promise from the Bible: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 Continue to praise God for healing ESPECIALLY when you do not see it! Fight the good fight of faith clothed in the full armor of God; you will prevail because God is FOR YOU!
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:10-18
God bless you.