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My Hope is in the Name of the Lord

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Happy New Year to all our friends and family!

Joel and I are praising God for His faithfulness to us in 2007 and we look forward to 2008 with great joy and excitement. I can’t help but think ahead to the birth of our little Seth in May- what a blessing our son will be in our life! I believe that the Lord has given me such peace with regard to Seth- it truly passes all understanding. I have such a settled feeling that he’s going to be okay. I’ve changed my prayer to, “Lord, if this peace is from you, I rejoice in it and am thankful. If it is something of my own flesh, father God, please reset my expectations.” I am thankful the Lord has given us this trial so that we will know him more intimately.

My brother-in-law, Jamy, told us at Christmas that his prayer for Seth is, “Lord, your kingdom come and your will be done.” He shared with us that the Kingdom of heaven is a perfect place- it is God’s point of completion. To pray, asking that His kingdom come, is asking the Lord to show us His perfection and completion in the miraculous birth of a healthy baby boy. Yet, our hearts should be so humbled to continue to pray in submission, “Lord, your will be done.” Joel and I know the best place to be is in the will of God.

I am amazed at the goodness of the Lord in how He can allow us to endure this time of uncertainty, yet when we cry, He cries with us. When we laugh, He rejoices with us. He wants us to know His character and model that love toward others. I have found that through this, my worship is more intentional, my quiet times are more productive, my prayer life is increased and my motives toward others are more compassionate and patient. I pray that I never lose this passion for loving Him. Little things that I might usually make a big deal over have really faded to the background. Some things I find myself overlooking completely, because I feel the Lord has given me such a greater perspective.

I am thankful for our blessings. I am thankful for our Ella girl and our Seth to come. I am forever grateful for my husband who continues to point me to the Lord through his words and actions. I am thankful for my relationship with the God of all creation and I resolve to know him even more in 2008- I can think of no better way to spend my time than glorifying Him!

Thanks for your prayers and words of encouragement- I treasure all of these things in my heart.

Em

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3 Responses to “My Hope is in the Name of the Lord”

  1. Becky Kiser January 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    you encourage me so much em! we love y’all!!!

  2. Tomika January 6, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    Emily,
    I recently heard of your second pregnancy and the trials that you are facing. This was a calming post and a blessing for me to read. I will be praying for you and your family. Happy New Year!
    Tomika

  3. Brian January 7, 2008 at 8:51 am #

    Em,
    We think about you and pray for you often. Just know that the Lord never gives a burden that’s too heavy to handle…
    Amazing how God’s grace has not only allowed you to find peace in a difficult situation, but also allowed you to inspire those around you. We love you guys.
    -Brian

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