Six Years of Grace
Today marks nine years since my baby girl was born into the world and into my heart.
It was not your typical belly-swelling birth. No, it was more a swelling of the heart
that grew into a passionate prayer for our far away child who would someday be grafted into our family forever.
It has been six years since we welcomed our dear daughter into our family and loved her with all the strength the Lord has given us.
It has been six years of stumbling and falling as a parent. Six years of much-needed grace.
Six years of heights and depths I could not have imagined. But I must say, it has all been worth it.
She is a joy and a wonder, and I cannot imagine life without her.
As I ponder these past years of love and how they’ve passed so quickly,
I think of the nine things I’d like most for her in life:
1. “…to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” (Eph. 3:18-19)
2. To forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead, pressing on toward the upward call in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:13-14)
3. To guard her heart with all vigilance (Prov. 4:23)
4. That the Word of God will always light her steps (Psalm 119:105)
5. To remember that “the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7)
6. To “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant” (Phil. 2:1-8).
7. To work out her salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12)
8. To “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord…bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Col. 1:9-12)
9. To love the Lord God with all her heart, soul, and might. (Deut. 6:5)