Yesterday, my life was forever changed. My hubs and I are expecting our 3rd child, and we went to the doctor to find out the sex of the baby. First you must know that we already have 2 boys, my sister has 2 boys, my husband's brother has 3 boys, and almost every cousin on my husband's side of the family is...you guessed it...a boy. So, with my mind full of snails, shotgun shells, and puppydog tails, I walked myself right into that ultrasound room with the expectation of hearing, "It's ANOTHER boy."
This goes without saying, I'm sure, but that is NOT what we heard. The ultrasound technician said with the sweetest voice you can ever imagine, "Well, it's a girl." After my head spun off my body, and after my blood pressure spiked through the roof, and after I finally caught my breath, you can imagine how overwhelmed I was with joyful shock. I cried and cried and cried, and the only words I could muster up were, "Thank you, Jesus."
We would have been thrilled to have another boy. There is so much comfort and confidence that comes with having another boy because we've done that twice before. We love our little boys and would have been beside ourselves to welcome another one, but y'all, IT'S A GIRL! A girl. A sweet little bow-wearing, dress owning, and babydoll toting girl. Yes, indeed, our lives have been forever changed. Psalm 37:4 never sounded sweeter. "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart."
I praise you for what you've done. For you have, without a doubt, given me the desires of my heart. So often, Father, You go beyond simply meeting my expectations. I know you delight in exceeding them. It gives You great pleasure, and for that, I thank You. This is a very special time in my life. I have many reasons to be joyful and thankful. Help me to be ever-mindful of Your presence in my life. And it is my hope that You will continue to teach me how to praise and love You more...even when that brings heartache. I surrender all my hopes and dreams for this precious little girl. I give them ALL to You and simply ask for Your will to be done for her life. Move me when I am in the way, use me in pointing her to You, and love me by loving her like You've loved me so much already. Protect her. Pour blessings upon her life. And help her father and me to be a reflection of who You are in our lives EVERYDAY. I love you, Abba. Amen.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." -Romans 15:13