Preparation…

After last evening there was a moment of “reality” that really set in.  For me, this was that step I had been waiting for since feeling that calling six years earlier.  For my husband, this is not only exciting, but overwhelming and rather quick.  There are so many questions swirling in our minds.  Will we be good parents, will we be enough for them, will we be able to meet their every need, how many can we handle at once, do we consider more than one child, is it time to put our home up for sale and look at a bigger home… and the list goes on, as I am sure it does with anyone that becomes a parent!

Several months ago, I purchased a little desk calendar for Jason for his office at work.  Each day it offers a scripture verse.  Yesterday’s verse offered encouragement and reassurance to Jason as did today’s verse.  He took a picture of it and sent it to me.  It was my life verse Jeremiah 29:11.  For him, it was confirmation that we are in God’s will, for me it was additional reinforcement that brought a smile to my face.

My devotional today was all child centered as well.  In Proverbs 22:6 the Bible tells us to “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”  The author of the devotional was talking about taking her daughter college and leaving her to face her faith on her own.  I can only imagine being given eighteen short years to pour out your best into your children, to love them and guide them in their faith and then like an eagle, allow them to soar.  I long for that opportunity, and remember… we may not have 18 years; we may have less, quite possibly only a moment! 

Today’s power verse hit me pretty hard, it is from Lamentations 2:19.  It is a wonderful reminder that in all things we must prayerfully petition the Lord.  That HE is the author and finisher of our faith, our redeemer, savior, our Jehovah Jireh, He is a way maker and path guider, even when we are not obedient.  He is, the great I AM, the one from whom all blessings flow!  So today, as we have in the past, we continue to pray for the children in our lives, the ones known and unknown to us.  We fully understand that this will not be an easy journey and that our future children will come with challenges, but we know that we serve a God greater than any of these circumstances.  God knows these children and He knows we may only have a moment and that is sufficient for HIS purpose.           

Lamentations 2:19 “Prayerfully ask the Lord how you can pray for the children in your life.

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