Reminder of Past Kept Promises!
The Story of Hannah's Lil 'Sissy'
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.
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.
Answered prayer for healing for our children, and about other specific situations they've encountered.
These are just a couple examples, but in every difficulty He has also offered encouragement for my soul.
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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