Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Reminder of Past Kept Promises: Lil Sissy!

Reminder of Past Kept Promises!
The Story of Hannah's Lil 'Sissy'

 baby faith promises prayer

As I sit back and think over the past few months, I am reminded that life has no guarantees.
My faith has been sorely tested in many areas, & it has left me reeling & wondering what the future holds for many of my loved ones.

Realizing this, has led me to seek after Him more than I have before. 
Differently though.

The facades are gone; the brokenness is already seen anyway, so might as well acknowledge it.

I simply pour out my heart.
Sometimes, and often actually, my prayer life has become more of: "help me Jesus."
I trust He knows my heart & will answer.

However, as anyone who has gone through a season of trials can tell you, it can be very difficult to hold onto hope for the future, when the only faith you can muster up is sufficient for one day.

One day only. Today. 
Not tomorrow or the next day.
Simply today, and standing on what is true, and not what is unknown.

As I've poured out my heart, and read the Word, I continually find hope.
I see miracles ARE possible.
I know that our God is a mighty God, and nothing is impossible for Him!

This afternoon, during a fun pic taking session with our daughters (Gracie & Hannah~see above), it became a reminder of God's faithfulness to me over the years.
To us as a family.

Many years ago He answered my prayer for a husband. A good one at that.

Today, as I felt a flood gate of negative emotions overtake me, and realized that some of my prayers & hopes & aspirations & dreams for some of my loved ones' futures have seemingly flown away...
I recalled a simple child-like prayer our daughter prayed just last year.

"Mommy, I want God to give me a baby sister that I can play with. And by Christmas too!"

Our children had been told that we were hoping for another little one. We had totally planned to have another one & were waiting for things to happen.

That was sometime early last year (2013 Jan or early Feb-ish) that Hannah (age 7 at the time) prayed that heart felt prayer. We didn't have the heart to crush her hope after I visited the doctor (although unknowingly, I was already pregnant!) and she said that we could wait another couple months, but then consider getting some 'help' as my cycles were so irregular.

When we I took the test, I was actually shocked this time. I had been missing all the cues, and although my cycle had disappeared, (recall that it was a regular occurrence), so nope, that wasn't my first clue.

My daughter however, was ELATED! 
And she acted like she knew all along that God would answer her faith-filled prayer.

Grace-Ann came just before Christmas of last year (November 3rd, 2013), and Hannah has enjoyed her lil sissy ever since!

Great Is Your Faithfulness.
& that's why I hang onto cling to HIS hope for the future.


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  1. What a beautiful post! It is indeed so difficult sometimes to put it all in His hands and trust, but is so worth it when we can do just that. I loved your story, as it reminded me of my own children. My now 16 year old prayed for a baby sister and then I found out that I was pregnant. She is now 10. :-)

    1. Awww...I'm sure your eldest daughter felt the same way then :)
      Thanks for coming by & for sharing!

  2. Thank you for sharing your sweet post! It is so fun to look back at answered prayers and God's blessings on our lives. Especially during trying times. Thank you for posting this at the Mommy Linkup Party. :)

    1. Yes, and it's a good reminder to think back on those good times through the trials... Gives us so much hope for the future :)
      Thanks for coming by Lila!

  3. Wonderful share much blessings

  4. You have a very nice blog and I enjoyed reading this story. God bless your little family. :)

    1. Thanks Michal! I appreciate you coming by :)

  5. We can all learn from the faith of a child. She had no doubt in her mind!! Praise the Lord for that expectancy!

    1. I am always reminded,"I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children (right??), you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.
      So true! I learn so much from watching my children's faith.
      Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. God delights in the prayers of a sweet child. Your children are so precious. Thank you for sharing your lovely post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.”

    1. Thanks Hazel for coming by! Great link up :)

  7. Hello cute ladies! Thanks so much for hosting such a great party! Please come and party with us!
    Happy Tuesday! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Thanks Kimberly for coming by! Will do :)

  8. A lovely post, with an honesty that only comes from being completely and totally broken, emptied out of anything that could possibly still be inside you, and laying, quavering, on the ground because you don't have the strength to get up. Whatever you are going through now, I pray for you, because I know -- all too intimately -- the feeling. But your beautiful, beautiful family -- so precious and valuable, worth more than all the stuff we long for and envy others for having. May there be laughter in your home, and rich, rich love.

  9. Beautiful story! I am very touched by it. God knows all that we need, yet still desires that we ask him for things and tell him everything that's on our minds. He is still there for you!

  10. What a beautiful heart felt post. Thanks for sharing your heart. And your Praises! I am your neighbor over at the Women 2 Women linky!
    Hope the rest of your week is beautiful.

  11. I love how God answers children's prayers. My mother-in-law always says, get the kids to pray; I know God will answer their prayers.



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