You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me...
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.
Psalm 139:1-5, 13-14
After a year home, S has made wonderful progress. It has been extremely slow, and the process has often been marked with difficulty, but we know that she is capable of learning. I will share more about one of her big doctor's appointments in another post, but over the past few weeks, we've learned a little more about our little girl and have a better picture of what to expect in the future. Obviously, we have the faith to believe that the Lord can work a miracle and bring total and complete healing into S's life, but we also are able to accept and love her for who she is just now! And that is what we are doing today! Loving her just the way she is!
S, you are different, but let me tell you, sweet girl. Different is good! We love you bunches, and we are so thankful the Lord chose you to be part of our family! I can't wait to see what this year brings!
One last thought...
I was thumbing through my copy of Oswald Chamber's My Utmost this morning, and I was drawn to the devotional from December 31st. It really was perfectly fitting for this Gotcha Day anniversary. The end of the first year and the beginning of a new year. Listen to his words and be encouraged.
At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise from remembering the yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God's grace is apt to be checked by the memory of yesterday's sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them in order to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual culture for the future. God reminds us of the past lest we get into a shallow security in the present. "For the Lord will go before you." This is a gracious revelation, that God will garrison where we have failed to...
As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, unremembering delight, nor with the flight of impulsive thoughtlessness, but with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities which will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ.
Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him.
I love those last words, and I hope they encourage you as much as they do for me! I also wanted to take this chance to say thank you for being part of this journey with us this past year. We appreciate your prayers and encouragement and support more than we could possibly express. I've promised a big update post soon, and, trust me, there's lots to share! I can't wait to step out into the Irresistible Future with Him, and I hope you'll keep following along. We certainly need your prayers now more than ever before!