No Good Thing Does He Withhold – Part 2

“No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  ~Psalm 84:11

In part 1, I shared about my struggle to believe the Word of God over my own feelings after the miscarriage of our 3rd child. Psalm 84:11 is one verse that took incredible amounts of faith for me to believe. After all, if God isn’t holding anything good from me, then why in the world is He withholding children from us? It’s in His Word that He says children are a blessing.

After walking in truth week after week, despite my feelings, it amazed me to see how my feelings began to align themselves with the Word of God. I began to ask God for what my heart was truly longing for: “the fullness of joy in His presence” (psalm 16:11). After a couple years of tragedies and sorrow, I simply longed for deep, profound joy. Yes, I hoped that God would allow our children to one day live outside the womb, but what I was really truly longing for was the joy I find in His presence alone.

During this time, we began seeing a fertility specialist, as was suggested to us by our doctor considering this was our 3rd miscarriage now. Through that process I found that I did have a condition in my womb that I was born with that kept our babies from growing, and had a minor surgery to fix the problem.

After months of waiting on God and crying out to Him and seeking to walk in truth, I began to see change. My conversation-like relationship with God was being restored and I was walking in more joy day after day! Just to feel the nearness of God again was all I really wanted. Then in May, Jimmy and I left for our trip to Israel, and what a joy that was! The biggest surprise of our trip was to find out in Jerusalem that I was pregnant again!

Baby number 4 was here. My honest emotions on the front end weren’t as full of excitement as you’d think. Although, after my surgery, I had no reason to think this one would end in miscarriage, I couldn’t help but feel like I needed to guard my heart. I had such a mix of emotions: grieving that our 3rd baby wasn’t here, excitement to be pregnant, fear of losing this one, and everything in between. But after a while, I began to trust God with this baby one day at time, celebrating what I had for the moment, and trusting Him for the future.

It was a couple months later that I had a random conversation with another artist’s wife at a retreat who works in the hospital and sees many births throughout the year. After I explained to her the condition that I had, she began to share with me something that brought chills down my spine. She explained that, although unlikely, it was possible for me to have carried those first 3 babies to term in my condition. (Yes, I knew this, but I was more angered by that truth than comforted as I longed to have held those children). The outcome of such a pregnancy, she continued, is almost always tragic and sometimes fatal. Either the baby will suffocate in the 3rd trimester due to lack of space, it will have incredible deformities and problems from growing in a womb without enough space for it, or when the mother goes into labor, her uterus could rupture. When this happens, the mother could die from lack of blood loss, and if she does not die, will surely never have children again.

It took me a good week or two to completely soak in the gravity of what I just learned. Without knowing something was wrong, I was looking at facing some incredibly traumatic and fatal situations. And God knew this the whole time. Without the death of our 3rd child, we would have never went to see if anything was wrong. It was because of those 3 deaths, that God made a way for us to have a healthy pregnancy now, and for me to have more children in the future!

No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly….

How gracious of My God to allow me to see behind the curtain to what He had known the whole time. He didn’t owe it to me to show me the whole story. He has always asked me simply to trust Him. But He was gracious enough to let me know part of the reason why He allowed me to go through the suffering I did. He was making a way for a healthy baby now!

By the way, I am currently 16 weeks pregnant with no problems! I have had an absolutely perfect pregnancy with a very healthy baby! And I am thanking God every day for the little lives He allowed to go before this one and make way for it to be born, Lord willing, one day.

Back in December, in my darkest days, I remember telling God, “I believe one day I will look back on this season and thank you for doing what was best for me. I truly believe that. But right now, I’m pretty angry about this.” I didn’t understand then how such pain would ever be turned for good. But sure enough, now I do look back and say, “Thank you God for working this out for my good and Your Glory! You really do know what You’re doing.”

I’m not sure what your story is and what pain you’ve suffered. But will you choose to believe that God works all things out for the good of those who love Him and that He doesn’t withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly. You may not see how it is working for good until you are in God’s presence when this life is over. But whether He reveals to you what He sees behind the scenes or not, He has called us to trust Him and believe His word! And sure enough, without fail, He has always been true to His Word in my life.

For now, I am trusting God and celebrating this little one He has made way for. Thank you, Yahweh, and may You get all the glory!

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  1. Gertrude Swilley

    It’s 2016 and I just happen on your post as I was looking for some commentary on this verse.
    Looking at my bank account with a little money left until the first, I remembered Psalms 84:11. And Malachi 38-12..
    I said Lord you Promised overflow, but you see I’m down to almost nothing.
    Your story reminded me how faithful God has been so I know things are going to turn around for me.
    I want to shop a bit, get my feet done, just enjoy some of life’s pleasures.
    We are in school learning more about Him and how wonderfully gracious and faithful Jesus is.
    I’m encouraged look how the Lord used your story to encourage many.
    Surely He wants to use all of story to encourage others.
    Thank you

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  3. My husband came home and played “In the Middle” for me tonight. He listens to Jimmy’s playlist all the time at work, but for some reason today the lyrics really made him listen. We weren’t positive it was about suffering a miscarriage, but either way that’s how it spoke to us and met us exactly where we were with our feelings. I had to find the meaning behind the song, and was so encouraged by your story!
    I also find encouragement by reflecting on Psalm 127- children are a blessing, and they are like arrows. Some of our arrows have already made it to the target – in the presence of Jesus, where my hope is found.
    Our miscarriage happened in October, and I was introduced to – you may already know about it, but it’s a fairly new organization for women who have suffered miscarriage and infant loss, and they recently released their first bible study. I’m sure your story and “In the Middle” could really touch others the way it touched us.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Uno Hoo

    Yes. The enemy is all about destruction, death and lies. My “Job” experience could have destroyed my life, but rather, it resulted in my conversion and I was found by The Lord. As a Born Again Christian, I have these same promises … all things work together for good and no good thing will He withhold. In Malachi He says “prove me now” . He wants us to prove Him and His promises to us. May Yahweh receive all of the glory ! Thank God for Jesus and all of His benefits.

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  7. Asia Thomas

    God Bless you! Thanks for sharing….brought me to tears and increased my faith. ..What an awesome God!!

  8. Kelly,

    thank you for sharing something so personal. What I’ve come to realize lately, is something that Mark Hall (Casting Crowns) said in his testimony about where the song “Voice of Truth” came from. He said that whenever we find that we have a problem (issue, illness, disability), Satan will do everything he can to convince you that you are the only one with that problem. Reading your entries and the comments, it is so encouraging to realize that someone else is facing the same battles that I am facing, and that is why we can relate to what we read in the Bible. As 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is profitable…” because the people living in Bible-times experienced the same things we do now, and we can learn something from every encounter that is recorded in the Bible!

    I am very encouraged by your testimony that you CHOSE to believe and stand on the Truth of the Bible rather than on your feelings. (The Bible never said that we could trust our feelings…) It’s a deliberate choice to believe, and I am sure that the LORD will reward us with spiritual blessings if we choose to believe in spite of our circumstances.

    Once again, thank you for your testimony, and may the LORD keep blessing you as you live out your faith each day.

  9. David

    Hi Kelly,
    The Lord is good all the time even now. Keep up your faith in Him. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Daisy

    Hi Kelly thanks for sharing, I’m struggling in the same area at the moment and feels like I’m running out of time but thank God for His promises. We have a good God so I’ll keep trusting Him.

    God bless you,

  11. Marcia Alexander

    Thank You God to know that you are still there for us. The scripture verse came to me early one morning while feeling defeated after putting in three bids on three houses which I felt were all in good standing. God promise that He will not withhold anything good from them that walk upright. Praise God. What ever is done by God is well done and it is not for me to get angry. He knows what each os us need and so he will supply it in his time. Praise God, not my time, but his time.

  12. It sounds like I’m the not the only one, but I stumbled upon this post just today while looking for some biblical encouragement. I’ve gone through such similar feelings and struggle with faith/anger at God over another issue that this post and the one before it were so validating to read. And encouraging. Just wanted you to know it’s still helping people years later 🙂

  13. Susanna

    Thank you so much for sharing. I came across this while searching this scripture online and read your story. God is good and almighty!

  14. Mary

    What an awsomw story.I would like for you to pray for me. I am testing this Saturday. I want to pass this test. I need to pass the test to get certified to get a full time job

  15. LMoore

    I was led to Psalms 84 a few days ago. I read it completely through and when I got to the verse that says he will withhold no good thing from the upright (paraphrasing), it was like the light of God starting to shine in my heart. I knew he was speaking to my situaion. My family is believing God for a college education for my daughter at the school God showed us by signs and wonders. I believe the word I heard . Your testimony and this scripture brings streghens my faith as we wait. A college education cometheth for my child, in Jesus name! Thank you sharing, what a remarkable witness you have been.

  16. Monica

    HE is an Awesome GOD and I am so happy for you and your hubby. You remind me of Hannah in the Bible. She wanted a baby so bad. And she got it, just by having that relationship/communication, keeping faith, being obedient and trusting in GOD! I recited this same verse yesterday Psalm 84:1 and it is a very good verse!

  17. Thank you for sharing openly and honestly about what you’ve been through. I’m actually in a small group right now that is studying a book called “The Great Lie” and how Satan is trying to convince us of 2 things, that God is not good and that He withholds good from us. So, needless to say, this was a God thing that I was led to your blog tonight, even though the post is from more than a year ago. I love how God works and just wanted you to know that your post was an encouragement to me, and I’m sure will be to the other ladies I forwarded it to this evening. Thanks again!

  18. Diana

    Truly even the children of God go through difficult situations but He works them out for our good. we have no right asking Him questions. we can only see on the surface but God has our best interests at heart and this is a truth we must always remember so help us God!! We must trust Him trust Him trust Him even when its the hardest thing to do.

  19. Diamond Williams

    Hello Sister Kelly!

    It was some time ago when I read this blog entry and also “Faith in Difficult Times”. There was a great truth that I wanted to share with you then and still do now, though it has been months since your posting. The fact that God has placed it so heavily on my heart to share this with you for such a long time gives me confidence that you will receive this word with an open heart and that it will change your life and your family’s life from here on out! (Sidenote: Christ the Healer by F.F. Bosworth is a MUST READ for you Kelly! You have to get it immediately!)

    At the time when God was bringing the Israelites out of Egypt, he reaffirmed his covenant with them and told them all the things that they could expect from Him as their Lord. He promised them many blessing, blessing that we still quote to this day because we realize that these were the blessings promised to Abraham and we know that the bible declares all those who have come to Christ are Abraham’s heirs, and thus, entitled to the promises of the covenant that God made with Abraham.

    Among these promises, this is what you will find:

    Exodus 23:25 & 26 (NLT) – You must serve only the Lord your God, if you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness. There will be no miscarriages or infertility in your land, and I will give you long full lives.”

    Exodus 15:26 (KJV) – If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

    In these two scriptures God promises that there will be no infertility, no miscarriages, no sickness, no diseases, no premature death, and health! I love the fact that He say’s He is the Lord that healETH … the -eth on the end puts the word heal in the continual state, meaning he is the lord that heals you continually! If you look through the scriptures, you will find that sickness entered the world at the fall of man. Thus, sickness is attached to sin and Satan, not God. God has promised life, His Spirit gives life, it is the life giving Spirit. People take out of context the scripture “The Lord gives and the lord takes away.” Job said this out of ignorance. At the opening of Job we see that it was indeed Satan who was responsible for taking what Job had.There is no refuting that. God is only responsible for giving LIFE. Satan takes advantage of those who do not know these promises, for as the scripture says people parish from lack of knowledge! Not lack of faith, but lack of knowledge of who He is and what promises we have access to through Christ!

    Acts 10:38 says that God anointed Jesus Christ of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and He went about doing good and HEALING ALL WHO WERE OPPRESSED OF THE DEVIL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH HIM!

    This scripture alone tells us that Jesus came to fulfill the will of our father God, by healing those who were sick because of demonic oppression. There are countless other scriptures that also confirm this truth.

    He healed our bodies physically with his death (Isaiah 53:5), with His stripes we are healed. He healed us from the disease of sin, freeing us from unrighteousness, tearing the veil that we may come boldly to throne to obtain our inheritance! Healing, complete health, is a part of our inheritance and we have the right to obtain it now! You have the right to obtain it now!

    So as Paul said, let us have the same faith that the psalmist had when he said “I believed in God, so I spoke.” (2 Corinthians 4:13). Let us declare the word of God over your life, the life of your child, and your family. For the very same power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead is alive in us, giving us the ability to access all that is ours (Romans 8:11)!

    Father God, I thank you for my sister Kelly. I thank you that because she is your child, faithful and true to your commands, living a life that is holy and acceptable unto you, she has rights that our brother Jesus died that we might obtain. I thank you that there will be no sickness and disease in her life, her child’s life, and the lives of others in her family. We declare and decree it to be so. I thank you Father God that from this moment on, she will NEVER experience another miscarriage, THERE WILL BE NO PREMATURE DEATH IN HER FAMILY, but she and all of her kids, her husband, her family members will live long FULL LIVES just as you have promised in your word. I thank you Lord that her body functions in the perfection that you created it to function in, right now in the name of Jesus. We access this health through the power of the Holy Spirit that lives inside her, the same spirit that your word declares will give life to our mortal bodies. We access that life right now! You said Father God, that whatever we bind here on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven. So right now, in the name of Jesus, we bind the spirit of infirmity. We bind every stongman and demonic force that would try to bring sickness on Kelly and her family. We bind every demonic force that would try to steal the blessings of health and abundant life. We tell them they have no rights to her and her family and by the power in the name of Jesus they must bow and leave them and never return! And we loose the health of the Kingdom of God and every spiritual blessing that we have been blessed with in heavenly places. We call it down now to manifest in the earth realm. We thank you Father God for a successful delivery, that there will be no complications and that the baby will be born healthy, strong, and free from illness of every kind. We thank you Father God that this child shall live and not die! This child shall live to profess your goodness! And we bring every thought captive to the knowledge of you, the truth of you Father. The truth of all the promises our brother Jesus died to give us. We reject every thought that is contrary to what your word says concerning health and life.

    We thank you for all these things,Lord, let this be a testament to your awesomeness being made manifest in the earth. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

    I love you sister! Here’s to a long and happy life, full of the health and peace of God. 🙂

    1. Heather Johsnon

      thank you Mary for! This has really challenged my thinking and brought truth to light I need to know! I have slowly lost my vision since I was 7 and have just lost my 2nd little one in early prgnancy. I need to know these truths. Heather

  20. Mary

    Kelly, the Lord knew my heart needed to hear this tonight. My faith has been so weak and lately I’ve failed to take Him at His Word. For me, it’s been a relationship that I was in that I felt honored the Lord and it ended suddenly. It felt like my world came crashing down; it caused me to doubt the goodness of God, that he’d “withhold” that from me. Your story reminded me that His ways are not my own and that even when it seems like there is no purpose in my momentary heartache, He’s at work and only desires my good, but ultimately His glory. I’d begun to make my life about my glory, rather than His. Thank you for reminding me that it IS about Him, and that if this time of waiting is what it takes for Him to get glory and to sanctify me further, then it’s all worth it.

    1. Mary, thanks for sharing. It’s hard when things don’t go our way, but He truly is trustworthy and is always true to His written Word. Be blessed in this time of waiting and sanctification and keep your eyes on Him.

  21. What a very, very inspiring story. You have no idea how much your story blessed me.

    I was googling for places where I can find some encouragement because I am in a low moment right now. That same verse echoed in my head and that was the verse I googled. And then I came here.

    Your pains and groaning sound real, but your faith is even more real. God is shown to be even more real. I rejoice with you on this blessing! God bless you even more!

  22. Eva

    I agree with you Kelly, He doesn’t owe it to us to explain why He does things but I find it that He always does. And I love Him more for that.
    A little cousin of mine had a freak accident with a butcher knife that went in through the right side of her face through her cheek. I was so scared for her, I love her so much I could not bear the thought of seeing her in such pain. The doctors sedated her for the operation and then she slept for two days straight, when she woke up she was not talking or eating, she would just cry. I would see her there and tell myself “God, you love the little children so why is she suffering so much.” We later learned that the knife stopped a couple of centimeters from one of the most important veins in our face, and the accident allowed the doctors to discover that there was extra liquid (a lot of liquid) in her brain.
    The doctors were able to operate her and insert a tube to drain out all that extra liquid that in the end was going to have severe consequences on her eyesight. Our sorrow turned into praise and we learned that God always works everything for good for those who love him. It was very difficult to understand at first but now that we see her enjoying her life “care free” we understand it all.

  23. This is such a beautiful story! I really needed to hear this 🙂
    I’m so glad that the Lord showed you what He was protecting you from, even though He didn’t HAVE to! And I love your positive attitude and decisions to praise Him even when it’s hard!

  24. Mon

    This is an awesome testimony! I’m not in a season of childbearing (yet), but I can only imagine how challenging this might have been. Your thoughts and insights are applicable in every circumstance! Thank you so much for sharing! Praying for you and your family!

  25. P. Sales

    What a blessing!!! I am so thankful that you are sharing your story. It is so uplifting and inspiring. I am definitely continuing to keep my faith in God and stay strong. In a nutshell, my husband and I have been trying to conceive for almost 4 years now and it just hasn’t happened. When the doctor finally suggested seeing an Infertility Specialist we called and found out that we have absolutely no coverage for Infertility… now we are just waiting! I am praying that the Lord blesses us, but until then I know that He is still God and greatly to be praised. Jeremiah 29:11 keeps me going…”For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” God Bless

    1. Monica

      Hi…That’s my favorite scripture…Jeremiah 29:11, I love it! Just stay focused, in the WORD and Keep TRUSTING in GOD and HE will work things out for your good,

  26. Great lesson, Kelly! 🙂

    I, too, just had surgery to fix a similiar issue with my uterus–Im 2 weeks post-op. It sounds like we share very similiar circumstances.

    Thanks again for sharing these thoughts–I love the way you write, your point comes across so clearly. My heart needed to hear these thoughts today!!

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