Monday, May 1, 2017

913 Days

Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

For 913 days, we waited on the Lord.

We hoped, we wept, we despaired and we grabbled for a stronghold. Time and again we found the Lord - or, more accurately, he found us in our brokenness. He truly works in ALL circumstances to call us to Himself. He is our stronghold in good times and bad. His name is to be praised above all names. It is incomprehensible that God would incline his ear to us and - more - invite us to call him daddy. He has listened to the cries of his people and he has granted us once more the blessing of life. He alone is the author of life.

He is a good God and his timing is perfect. Thank you for this blessing and that I never felt alone in my 2.5 year walk through infertility. Thank you to the countless people who have prayed with us and for us -- who have walked with us through peaks and valleys. It means everything.

If you are still in the wait, remember, there is beauty and blessings to be found in the brokenness. Cling to God and He will indeed make ALL things new. I am praying for you if this is your struggle.

Baby 2: I chose you. I fought for you. I had to choose you again and again when things got hard -- when we traveled to hell and back. 913 days of waiting, wanting and wondering. And you are completely worth the wait. In fact, as weird as this seems to say now, I wouldn't trade the wait for anything because it made this moment so much sweeter.

                                              Nugget #2 Arriving in December!

Isaiah 26

"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock."

Psalm 127:3

"Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him."

Friday, January 6, 2017

My Prayer for the New Year

I took some time off my blog in 2016. I read through the Bible last year for a second time and I realized that God was wanting me to pursue His words more than speak my own. Proverbs warns us that where there are many words, sin is unavoidable. Oh, how that's true.

We know that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom — and wisdom is to be treasured above all things. This past year, God used His truth and His word to bring wisdom to my life. What he didn't do was give me all the desires of my heart — he gave me the desires of His, which are always better.

In the coming year, I'm going to heed God's instruction for younger women in Titus 2:4 to " their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God." A REALLY wonderful read on this subject is Carolyn Mahaney's "Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother." I can't recommend it enough for wives and mothers.

In 2017 and beyond, I'm also focusing on cultivating gratitude in every moment. That means fighting through the long day at work or whiny child or husband working late and still want to be present in difficult moments. Throwing away the gift of even a moment is an affront to God and his blessing of time.

Psalm 1:6 tells us that "the Lord watches over the way of the righteous..." I'm comforted by this stepping into a new year. Aren't you?

Happy New Year, friends!