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You Are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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Q: Chuck, I'm pregnant and very fearful that my baby will be born with birth defects. Have any advice? — "Fearful" in Florida

A: January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, so your question couldn't come at a better time.

To be honest, my wife, Gena, and I encountered those fears in our own lives when she was pregnant with our twins.

Just 12 days into Gena's pregnancy, she developed a severe case of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome — a complication from fertility medications. Her abdomen swelled up with fluid called ascites, making her look as if she was already nine months pregnant. Her ovaries were the size of footballs, and one wrong move could have caused one of them to rupture. The fluid caused so much pressure on her internal organs that she needed oxygen to breathe.

Gena's condition was critical, and the doctor stated that she had just two options. Because there was no immediate remedy, she could choose to try to ride out the long, painful and unpredictable road to recovery, realizing that her and the twins' lives were hanging in the balance, or she could abort the pregnancy.

Gena and I felt vulnerable and helpless. Many of our well-meaning friends and family members advised us to abort the pregnancy. Gena and I talked and prayed together about what we should do. Then she shared with me the story of what happened to her during the embryo transfer.

Our unborn babies were just 2 days old. Gena was lying on the hospital bed in the small procedure room, nervously waiting for the embryos to be transferred into her womb. The nurse asked the doctor to show my wife something. Agreeably, the doctor nodded her head "yes," and the nurse elevated the head of Gena's bed.

What she saw had the appearance of a window that was encased in solid steel. Fascinated and curious, Gena thought that whatever was behind that secured window must be of great value. As the doctor opened the steel-plated door, exposing the window, a bright light shone out.

What followed the light is what changed Gena's and my view of conception forever. She was listening to the most beautiful classical music that she ever had heard, being quietly played to our 2-day-old unborn children. At that very moment, she realized these doctors knew that embryos respond well and have a better chance at survival when provided with a life-enriching environment.

Gena was forever changed at that moment. She realized that human life truly begins at conception. And after she conveyed her experience to me, she asked me, "Why would God be so gracious to bless us with these two miracles of life if he was not going to see us through this pregnancy? We need to trust him!" I agreed with her, and we did.

Not too long ago, we celebrated our twins' 11th birthday! And they are testing for their black belts in karate in a few months.

(We can't thank God and Dr. Greggory Devore enough for saving the lives of Gena and our twins during her pregnancy.)

Fear can be very debilitating, no matter what form it is in, especially when it concerns human life. But we have to remember that most of our fears are only in our heads. That's why I often recite the acrostic for fear: false evidence appearing real.

We also must remember that the only way through our fears is to face them head-on. Rather than succumb to their crippling voices, however, start focusing on how precious human life is and the fact that God holds it in the palm of his hand.

The Psalmist wrote, "We are fearfully and wonderfully made." God also says in the Scriptures, "For I knew you before you were formed in your mother's womb."

Meditating on those types of positive thoughts as a part of your proper prenatal care and development (including a good diet and moderate exercise) will ensure that your baby will be as safe and secure in your womb as he or she can be.

In the end, we ought to love and cherish the babies and children in our lives (in and out of the womb) no matter what their strengths or disabilities are. And who's to say that their disabilities won't turn out to be their greatest strengths? (Consider the global impact that Nick Vujicic, who has no arms or legs, is having with the success of his organization, Life Without Limbs.)

Gena and I join millions of others who believe that God blesses us with the children we have. We may make mistakes, but God doesn't. There are no illegitimate babies in heaven — only those God designed and purposed.

For more education and encouragement, go to your OB-GYN and these websites: http://www.AmericanPregnancy.org, http://www.CouncilForLife.org, http://www.epm.org, http://www.GentleChristianMothers.com, http://www.HeartbeatInternational.org and http://www.nbdpn.org. All have great resources, forums and tips on how to help prevent birth defects and ensure your baby remains in optimal health.

Write to Chuck Norris (info@creators.com) with your questions about health and fitness. Follow Chuck Norris through his official social media sites, on Twitter @chucknorris and Facebook's "Official Chuck Norris Page." He blogs at http://chucknorrisnews.blogspot.com. To find out more about Chuck Norris and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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Thank you for the F.E.A.R. acrostic, Chuck. That's one to remember. I think Gena and yourself have experienced two verses of scripture very personally. I pray that you, your family and the whole Walker gang will experience them between now and when the Lord comes back.

"I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears" Psalm 34:4.

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well" Psalm 139:14.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Alan O'Reilly
Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:23 AM
sorry to hear your wife had so much pain an swelling /thats the first time ive ever heard that .and i know she had to be in the worst kind of pain,with the swelling og her ovaries of that size;i cant grasp her angony and pain she felt.so sorry glad you both mage it through.thanks for shareing. and praise the lord god for her heeling.judy tiller
Comment: #2
Posted by: judytiller
Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:37 PM
+)(+GOD.IS..IN..PROCESS..TO..BRING..REALITY..IN..THIS.MISSION..GOD..WILL..BRING..VICTORY..ACORDING..TO..
+)(+HI,S..WORD..TO..ME...FROM,,WEST..TO,,EAST
Comment: #3
Posted by: Ghasem yarahMADI
Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:40 PM
+)(+GOD.IS..IN,PROCESS..TO..BRING..VICTORY..FROM,,WEST,,TO,,EAST,,
Comment: #4
Posted by: Ghasem yarahMADI
Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:43 PM
I praise the Lord for His greatness in giving people such as yourself the words to soothe and to live by. I am undergoing an ordeal with dental complications. I contacted an oral surgeon after being abused in another dentist's practice last week. I prayed Lord send me someone 's name to trust and befriend me. He sent me a man that immediately let me know God is still on the throne. He saw my dilemma and said plainly,"you've been through so much I am doing this extensive surgery for nothing." I cried and cried. Praise the Lord. Please have me in prayer for this Tuesday as I go through a delicate surgery to extract an impacted eye tooth from my sinus cavity. Let God be given the praise. Hopefully the Lord will send a dentist to me I can afford to give me a denture so I can smile, giving my testimony and go on singing and giving God the glory in the small churches we attend. People, God is good. He loves us so much. Who else has ever given their life for you? Thank you again sir for this opportunity.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Dee Lancaster
Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:10 PM
Thank You Chuck Norris for that wonderful story. I am a Catholic and I believe in pro-life. I remember before our 2nd daughter was born the doctor wanted me to have a certain test done to see if the baby was going to have some birth defect and if so would we abort it. I told my doctor no for I believe in life and no matter what I want my baby. The sonogram told us it was another daughter and she looked healthy to me. So I have a lot of Faith In God. I couldn't imagine how much pain your wife endured but with your support and both your belief's you made it through and were blessed with 2 wonderful twins a girl and a boy. Be thankful and always keep the faith. God Bless you both. Chuck Norris as I have always stated you are a very inspirational person,and my ideal person. I am 48 yrs. old and one day would love to meet you I have a little boy that is 7 yrs old and I got him into watching Walker,Texas Ranger and he said to me that he would love to meet you.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Annmarie Petrie
Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:21 PM
Thank you Chuck for this testimony! What an awesome God we have! It is so good to see you professing your faith in Christ! May God continue to bless your family and your work to further His kingdom! Sure would be great to see you in Columbus Ohio sometime. I'm sure you have heard of the Arnold Fitness Festival. Think you might be able to show up there sometime? Hope so! Would love to see you!
Comment: #7
Posted by: Stephen Robinette
Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:10 PM
Chuck, thank you for your testimony. What an awesome God we have! It is so good to see you professing your faith in Christ! What an inspiration you are. I pray for God's continued blessings on you, your family and your work. I sure would like to meet you some day here in Columbus, Oh. I'm sure you have heard of the Arnold Fitness Festival. Sure would be great to see you there sometime. God bless you.
Comment: #8
Posted by: Stephen Robinette
Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:33 PM
To have such strong faith in God as Gena did throughout her pregnancy with the twins was quite remarkable. She's a very strong woman. You both are blessed to have each other. Peace and Love.
Comment: #9
Posted by: Roshni Rambarran
Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:43 PM
You are naturally made and gifted, having created this specially for your twin babies. Another thing is appreciated the Lord for having make it possible for the babies to come on earth, and I know that they will be come public figures and their father. May God bless and keep them - amen
Comment: #10
Posted by: emezi innocent
Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:11 AM
May God bless and keep your family - amen
Comment: #11
Posted by: emezi innocent
Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:15 AM
Hi Chuck. This is Chuck Heath, Jr., the brother of Governor Sarah Palin. I wanted to personally thank you for having the guts to stand up for what you believe in... especially since you've spent so much of your life immersed in liberal Hollywood. People like you, Jon Voight, Gary Sinise, Janine Turner, etc..., prove that there is still some common sense and decency left in that world (Hey! you should assemble a completely conservative cast and make an action movie... people would show up in droves).

With your permission, I'd like to link some of your writings like this great message to my web site and facebook page. If you'd like to check them out first, go to chuckheathjr.com.

Thanks Chuck. Keep the faith and keep up the fight.

Chuck Heath
Comment: #12
Posted by: chuckjr.
Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:09 AM
Hello Chuck if I may call you by you first name. I just read your most heartfelt story that you and Gena share of your children. Ya'lls testimony is a wonderful example to follow as you and Gena completely trusted God to see Gena and your 2 kids thru Gena's pregnancy. Not only that I am a BIG fan of yours because of your show Walker Texas Ranger you are an inspiration to me and I am sure to many many people all over. God is Awesome and I would not want to live this life that He gave me any other way 'having God as my provider and since I never met my maternal Dad I Love God as my "dad". I don't know if you get the time to read FB messages? I have text on your page at least once. If you haven't, I live in Lockhart Texas known for "The Best BBQ in the South Texas" that is. A small town but very country. I have gone thru training to be a "Stephens Minister" a ministry to offer people to help them through hard times in a spiritual way. Yours and Gena story I would like to use if a time of need to show someone your faith that you had in God during a special and scary time. I would like to correspond more to you in your convenience. My email address I have posted to you as I type this letter. THANKYOU for time reading this lengthy message. God Bless you and your family. Kendra
Comment: #13
Posted by: Kendra Heald
Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:45 AM
Hi, Chuck-
I, too, had my son by in vitro, 20 years ago. I am so sorry that Gena went through that, during her pregnancy. I was blessed and didn't have any problems. I thank God she and the twins came through with prayers and faith.

I remember meeting you, right after you started Walker, Texas Ranger. You would come into Signature Athletic Club in Dallas, and I worked, as needed. at the front desk. I tell all my friends, that you are one of the nicest people that I have ever met.

Take care and God bless you and your family,
Gina Speaks
Comment: #14
Posted by: Gina Speaks
Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:31 PM
I found God last June on my 67th birthday in Texoma Cowboy Church of Wichita Falls, Texas. If you're ever in this neck of the woods, please drop by and pray with us!
Comment: #15
Posted by: Nelda Bond
Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:14 PM
I'm so happy to be able to read your testimony regarding your beliefs and the struggle you and your wife had during the pregnancy...I was not able to concieve..and i praise God for the wonderful work of the adoption agency in my city 53 years ago. My son is 53, and his son is now 20 and doing an outstanding job in college, my daughter is 49, her daughter is 22 and son is 15.. If it wouldn't have been for two women that believed in allowing their pregnancy to go to full term...I would not have been blessed with the family I have now. I am forever grateful to God and I pray they are happy and fulfilled in their lives also.
I miss your adventures on TV, but am so glad to know you speak out in truth for our Christian Country and the wonderful way of life we've were blessed with..I will continue to pray and vote to get us all back on the right track and have the blessings of God once more on this nation.
God Bless you, keep up the great work...I look forward to reading your blog and if I can have permission, I'd like to post some of your articles on my website/blog in the future..
Thank you Geri
Comment: #16
Posted by: Geri Grad
Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:23 PM
Truly, we are fearfully, and wonderfully made, created, --and recreated, in His Image! (See Rom.8:26-29).
Comment: #17
Posted by: Michael E. Caruthers
Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:40 AM
Dear Chuck and Gena, Thank you both for sharing your personal life story. God be with all May the Peace of Christ be with you. In the name of the Father Son Holy Ghost Amen. Linda
Comment: #18
Posted by: Linda Chappelear-Yount
Wed May 1, 2013 8:08 AM
Sempre ví seu filmes , fico muito feliz em saber que se tornou evangélico um homem de DEUS !!!!
Comment: #19
Posted by: Pr. Eneias Melo
Thu May 2, 2013 8:50 AM
Hi Chuck, I am really your fan, almost every time have off,I watch Texas Ranger, and always I was wonder if your faith is strong that in the show, Apologize for my doubt about it...now I know that you and your family really Love Jesus, you've been an inspiration in my life for years and for my family, Thank You and God Bless You More everyday...!!!
Comment: #20
Posted by: Julia S Kuchera
Sat Aug 3, 2013 2:04 PM
Hi Chuck your a wonderful father and i'm a real good fan of yours, I got a lot of your movies.I used to watch walker every time it came on. I was trained by a friend of yours and gonna join back when i can his name is Billy Sweeney. I would love to meet you some day. That's how much of a fan i am of yours may god god bless you and family .Thanks to you both for sharing your life story .
Comment: #21
Posted by: Jack autry
Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:56 PM

Hello Chuck, 'Being a fan of yours for many years now I have been reading your blogs. My great grand son arrived 8 weeks early and has down syndrome. He is only 3 lbs 7 oz. As I type this he is fighting for his life. Bleeding on the brain along with many other things , he is a fighter (like you). His parents are very strong and are we would appreciate your blessing for Cody's improvement for 2014 . Thank you, Bette Liponis
Comment: #22
Posted by: bette liponis
Thu Jan 2, 2014 4:59 AM
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