The last couple of days have been emotional as we have processed the news (good and bad) that we heard on Thursday. One thing is for sure though: this child is blessed. We have been so overwhelmed by the love and support that has flown so freely to us from friends and family near and far in the last few days. If we haven't emailed or called you back personally, know that your words of love and encouragement have meant the world to us. We have truly felt buoyed by your faith and caring concern. It is times like this that community is so important and we are reminded of how grateful we are to be bringing this baby girl into a community who already loves her so dearly. It has been a beautiful demonstration of God's love in this world.
Some scripture that we've been clinging to and that I thought I'd share:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:7-11
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be Psalm 139:13-16
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 hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:11-12
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6: 28-34
And one of my all time favorites:
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
God has given us the desires of our heart in this baby girl and we trust and believe that He knows our desire for her to be happy and healthy and whole. We will delight in the Lord.
Our next appointment with the perinatologist is Tuesday afternoon at 2:45. Please continue to pray for all three of us. We feel the power of your prayers and are grateful for them.