Tuesday, April 15, 2014
For This Child I Prayed: 1 Samuel 1:27-28
I know that every child is a gift from God, uniquely placed in our care for such a short amount of time. However, there was a time when it seemed if my husband looked at me the right way or held my hand long enough, I could get pregnant. It seemed mostly in our control. Our youngest was born four years after the other four and we thought it would be wonderful for him to have brothers and sisters around his age, so we started making plans in that direction almost as soon as Sam returned from Iraq. But God had other plans and for seven years we have prayed and waited. Just this year I really began to think that God was clearly saying the ministry we have here in Mexico and our five children were more than enough. I almost gave away the cloth nappies in January, but decided to wait just a few more months until my friend's baby was born and we would go visit her. Then in February we got this almost unbelievable, surprise blessing! After a few weeks of letting the news settle in and really become real, we are ready to announce that a new baby will be arriving later this year!
So in the grateful words of Hannah we say, " For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:" and let us not forget that as parents we should also strive as Hannah place our children back in the hands of the Lord. 1 Samuel 1:27-28
Have to say, our kiddos are really good sports! :)