Lately I've been blogging my way through some pretty intense emotions, trying to share with you as I'm right in the midst of struggle. We've all heard testimonies from the perspective of the other side of the trial. That perspective is helpful in reminding us that all things will work together for good, one way or another, because we can hear how God has blessed them after it's all said and done. It's true that once we're through the trial our perspective is much clearer, often we can see God's plan as we look back, something that's impossible when we're trying to look forward and guess how things will work out. I've found that God is much closer and speaks much clearer when I'm in the midst of a trial. The truth of his word penetrates much deeper into my heart. It's not like the plan is revealed but the instructions for the moment are to trust, remember who God is, and to allow his peace to settle in my heart rather than worry and fear.
So, recently we've had some more news that we couldn't have predicted or planned.
We've wanted more kids for a while now, but the timing just hasn't seemed right with all the change we'll be going through. Believe me we're very happy but, I have to admit, we're also shaking our heads wondering, "Can we handle this?" God says, "My grace is sufficient for you." Good! Because I'm sure I'll need it. :) This baby is expected to arrive mid-December. Merry Christmas to me!!!
The kids are just thrilled! It's been fun to pray with them for our newest Nordstrom. They are very passionate about praying for the baby's health and that it would be born alive. They know that things were not like that when Faith was born. It's so fun to hear our prayers for them mimicked in their prayers for their sibling. Josiah prayed that the baby would grow to be a man (or woman) of God, something we've prayed often for them. Of course, he is praying for a boy, but always adds that he will take a girl, too, just that it would be healthy.
Thank you Lord Jesus for giving us the desire of our hearts despite our circumstances. I can't wait to meet this new person! I pray along with the kids that this baby would be healthy and strong, smart and beautiful, and that he or she would come to know you early in their life and be used for your glory. Thank you for Faith and the place she'll always have in our hearts. Thank you for Josiah, Mia and Sierra and how colorful and beautiful they make our family. Thank you that you will sustain us through the long nights and tired days, and strengthen us for all that tomorrow holds.