Friends, a lot has happened since Emery's 1st Birthday post! Let me share:
Emery had a super birthday party! She is still standing with support and cruising.
I finally got a picture of her "scrunchy" face! And, she got the cutest
She decided table food finally sounded good around 13 months.
So, she finally enjoyed some birthday cake!
It's hard to believe this curious little toddler (who can't toddle yet) just turned 1! I received a call from our agency on Emery's birthday letting us know that her birthmother had called to tell Emery "Happy Birthday!" I can't begin to describe how that call fill my heart with joy and sadness. Joy came from knowing she cares so very much for Emery. Sadness came from knowing some of how life has been for her this past year. Will you join me in praying for Emery's birthmother? Will you pray for her biological brother too (he's 2.5)?
I was listening to Kristian Stanfill's "One Thing Remains" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TItyYhfwClM) today. Here is the chorus- "Your love never fails. It never fails. It never gives up. It never runs out on me." I'll never get tired of hearing that God's love goes on and on. There are so many days where I really mess up. I just say the wrong thing at the wrong time. I don't listen well enough when people talk. I get frustrated at my kids. I get impatient in traffic. I judge people-for what they say, do, or wear-in my thoughts. I think my ideas are without fault. Have you been there before, in a place so utterly aware of your own sin and weaknesses? If you say 'no', you may want to check your heart.
"Because of the Lord's faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23
Great is His faithfulness! From the very beginning, God has displayed his grace and mercy multiple times to a people who did not deserve it...a people He called His own people. I, too, am like those Israelites. As much as I want to say 'I've learned', I continually spiral (not cycle) through a learning process of becoming more like Christ. It is uncomfortable and painful. It's humbling....oh, the humility. And, then you have to ask, "What's next? Where do I go from here?" My challenge to others is always to fix their eyes on the Author and Perfecter of their faith. So, today I do just that. I surrender all I have and all that I am to God. I raise my white flag (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1jgD69WzMY)! I do so love the times where my sin comes to light before the Lord. It's refreshing. It provides focus. It's like a weight is lifted and you say, "Oh, that's it! Aha!"
Have you raised your white flag and surrendered all of yourself before a holy God today?
His love NEVER fails...even when we fall so very short!
And, that makes the best Valentine's Day ever!