Miracle Baby Tim Tebow: Mother of Homeschooled Heisman Trophy Winner Shares Her Testimony
Teresa Neumann : Jan 13, 2009 : Joni B. Hannigan?Baptist Press News
"I just have seen the fruit of God's Word in the lives of my children and I am very, very grateful for that," she said. "I can't take credit for any of this—it's God's doing. But as mothers, I think we have to be faithful."
(Jacksonville, Florida)—Baptist Press has published a lengthy article on the family, childhood, and faith of Heisman Trophy winner, University of Florida quarterback, Tim Tebow, 21.
In the article, Tim's mother, Pam Tebow, tells the story of how Tim was a "miracle child" who almost didn't make it into the world. She and her husband, Bob, who heads the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association, were missionaries in the Philippines when she was told the baby she was carrying needed to be aborted because she had complications due to medication used for an amoeba infection. (Photo: Baptist Press)
"Lord, if you give us another son, then we'll raise him to be a preacher," she recalls her husband praying. "We all prayed for Timmy by name. It was a very serious prayer. We prayed that God would give us a Timothy. It was just amazing that God spared him, but we knew God had His hand on his life. We all, through all these years, have told Timmy that. He is a well-loved kid."
According to the report, all five Tebow children were also home schooled. Pam notes that one of the greatest values she tried to instill in her children during this time was humility and her greatest tools were Scripture and faith. As a result, "[Tim] is not peer dependent," she said. "He's not depending on his buddies and what they are doing. He's able to stand alone. He knows all those little boys wearing number 15 jerseys are watching him. We've talked with all of our children—that God would give them each platforms to use for Him and you're always influencing somebody. You're either influencing them for good or not so good and so it's your choice."
Reporter Joni B. Hannigan notes that Pam Tebow is in the process of writing a book about parenting. "For Christian mothers who think [my son] has something they don't have," she said, "I have the same Bible and I have the same God. I don't have anything they don't have. I've just chosen to count on it and stake my life on it and the lives of my children on it. They can still go their own way."
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