What a beautiful day it was today! At my house there was snow, but where I am it was 75 degrees..... I was a little sad I missed the snow, but it was so beautiful here too! But, beyond the weather, the beautifulness of today was being able to spend it with my family! We had a great time together and a great feast! :-) I am still full! But, I have to say I am blessed beyond measure and my cup runneth over!!
I received the best gift of my life this Christmas! My little girl! I have to keep reminding myself that I am a Mommy! She is actually mine!! (By the way, I know you all have a lot of questions about when I will go to get her, what her name is, all of that.... I'll try to blog some of that info soon! -- I won't be able to post any pictures or personal info about her until I get to Peru..... so hang in there... I KNOW it is hard! I want to show you and can't wait for everyone to see her!)
Anyhow... I digress.... I received such a beautiful and great gift this Christmas, my sweet little girl! I could not have even planned this better myself.... God knew just what I needed and gave me even more than I could ever think or imagine! But, I am wanting to tell you of the GREATEST GIFT ever! You see, God sent His Son to be all of our GREATEST GIFT! The GREATEST GIFT you will ever receive is Salvation, only available through BELIEF in God's only Son -- Jesus! There are so many gifts that we could have and so many things that we could try to fill our lives with, but the truth is HE is the GREATEST GIFT!
While I am thrilled about my baby girl, I am also humbled that God has chosen me to love her, nurture her and take care of her! Just like Mary & Joseph, she is mine to care for on this earth, but she is God's! And just has God had a plan to come here as a baby and to save the world from their sins, He has a purpose for my little one. Neither of us know yet what that will be, but I hope that you will join me in prayer that her life will Magnify the Lord!
Thank you for your LOVE and JOY as you share in my joy! I am so blessed by the MANY Facebook messages, text messages and phone calls that I have received! Thank you for all of the prayers you have lifted up, and I hope you know how much I appreciate and covet those prayers! Please continue to pray, I have only just begun the next phase of the journey! Here are a couple of things that are on my heart...
1. Please pray for her attachment to me! Please ask God to prepare my heart for her and her heart for me.
2. Please pray for resiliency.... there are going to be a lot of changes in this little one's life in the next couple of months. She has only known life in an orphanage and will need lots of resiliency to be able to adjust to a new and very different life.
Thank you & Merry Christmas!
"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people." Luke 1:68