January 4 – Lydia’s Birthday
I want you to learn a new habit. Try saying, “I trust you, Jesus” in response to whatever happens to you. If there is time, think about who I AM in all My Power and Glory; ponder also the depth and breadth of My Love for you.
This simple practice will help you see Me in every situation, acknowledging My sovereign control over the universe. When you view events from this perspective-through the Light of My universal Presence-fear loses its grip on you. Adverse circumstances become growth opportunities when you affirm your trust in Me no matter what. You receive blessings gratefully, realizing they flow directly from My hand of grace. Your continual assertion of trusting Me will strengthen our relationship and keep you close to Me.
PSALM 63:2; ISAIAH 40:10-11; PSALM 139:7-10
This in an excerpt from the devotional I’ve been reading daily since January 1st. It’s written as if Jesus is talking to you, having an intimate conversation with you – and Monday morning when I read about responding to everything by saying, “I trust You Jesus” I had no idea how many times that day I would be saying it! The devotional is “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. I’ll be sharing a few more of these with you in the future, because it’s been incredible how God is speaking to my heart during these critical days for Angela and Lydia.
It’s been difficult for me to share how serious the situation really is, because you’re the blogosphere… and in serious situations it’s such a strange thing to not know who I am really writing to and who is here reading. For days I have been struggling to know how intimate and personal I should be in such a public forum? It’s not a “congratulations!” type of situation yet… I don’t blame people for responding that way on facebook because I hadn’t figured out a good way to share the severity of Angela’s situation without jeopardizing her, or saying too much before she’s out of the woods. Lydia being delivered early was the only way to save my sister Angela. You can google HELLP syndrome and Preeclampsia for more info.
The last few days have been some of the scariest our family has ever dealt with. I shared with you today because Angela is doing so much better and will continue to recover, continue to heal, and continue being more worried about Lydia than she is about herself. She is an incredible mother and she and John have a long road ahead with Lydia in the NICU for many many weeks.
Please keep praying for Lydia, for Angela, for the doctors who are caring for both of them, for John as he courageously supports his wife and his new baby girl, for my parents – who are trying to help everyone.
We are hopeful, we are thankful, we are waiting with anticipation to see all that God has in store for little, tiny, precious Lydia Dawn.