Saturday, November 21, 2009

A FUTURE AND A HOPE

Today is Spiritual Sunday and it is again time to visit every blog that you can to inspire and uplift you with soo many wonderful posts from some truly loving hearts that have much to share about God's work and blessings in their lives.  You can find them HERE.  Many thanks to Charlotte and Ginger for hosting this wonderful event.

Jeremiah 29:4 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope....



This last Thursday afternoon, Nov. 19, 2009 my niece Michelle gave birth to her second daughter, Priscilla Jane. How adorable is that name? She weighed in at 8 pounds 3 ounces, and is 20 inches long.   I was privileged to be IN the delivery room. What a wonderful miracle it is to witness the birth of a baby. I've been blessed with this experience 7 times now, not counting my own 4 children of course, and yet there will never be anything ordinary about this everyday occurence.  The joy and celebration that filled the air as that baby made her appearance into this world was as overwhelming as it always is. Tears flowed as we thanked God for her safe arrival. We had gotten little to no sleep the night before as the labor had been long and difficult. As I was finally driving home I felt the urge to sleep washing over me and yet, my mind was busy thinking and wondering of what all might be in store for this precious new little life. What did God have planned for her I wondered? Who would she look like? What little personality traits would be unique to her? And as I was dwelling on these things, this verse from Jeremiah came to my heart and mind. God thoughts too are on this sweet girl and they are for peace and all that is good and not evil. His plans are to give her a future and a hope.

This has always been one of my all time favorite verses. I just LOVE it. There is just something so humbling about knowing that Almighty God Himself, considers us, and has thoughts for our good, that He considers our future and wants us to have and experience His perfect peace and hope.  No matter what is going on in our life, no matter rather it seems like it or not, we are in God's thoughts.  He has plans for us.  He considers our futures.  I don't know about any of you, but I find SUCH GREAT comfort in this truth. 

The women's Bible study group that meets at my house on Friday mornings has claimed this verse as our own.  God's thoughts are always on us, and they are for our futures and our hopes.   All of the ladies in this group having been praying for little Priscilla since the moment her life was made known.  We have covered her in a blanket of prayer, and praise and thank God for His mercies and love that have brought Michelle safely through her pregancy and delivery and rejoice over this gift of life.

I want to thank God today for the safe arrival of Priscilla Jane, and to welcome this little bundle into our family with love and joy. May she grow strong and healthy, and may she know a relationship with Jesus as soon as she is able to.  May she do mighty things for His Kingdom as she grows to be all she can be.  May the Lord bless her and keep her and make His face to shine upon her now and forever more.

Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Psalm 127:4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth.


 
Look at that dimple!!



60 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I enjoyed your post and your thoughts about the questions you were pondering. Have a good week!

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  2. Congratulations and what a cute baby! The last pic smiling as if she does know what God has in store for her...
    I'm so thankful for the Lord's promises that are true and alive! What a great time of the year to remember His everlasting kindness [though we must be thankful every day!]...Happy Thanksgiving to you and what a beautiful gift your niece was blessed with!!! God bless.

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  3. How sweet~~~ It is truly a blessing to have a health baby. It seems like more babies are being born with some problems. I'm so glad that your family was blessed with a healthy baby.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  4. Oh what a precious baby! What a beautiful experience for you...
    This is one of my favorite verses too. A promise we can hang on to.
    God bless!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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  5. Oh Debbie!! She is absolutely adorable! just precious!!!
    How wonderful that you were able to witness her birth!! What a gift that is :)

    I love Jer 29:11 as well!!An awesome Promise from our Father

    may you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving day and please know that I give thanks for your friendship!

    Blessings to you

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  6. Hi Deb!
    Gosh I have missed some stuff over here! That is so awesome that you won Sue's giveaway!! She is such a doll and is one of the bloggers I really hope to meet in person someday...even if I don't here, I'll see her in heaven! And you, too!! How cool is that!!

    Then, your awesome aprons!! I have NEVER worn an apron!! I just ruin shirts instead!! LOL!! Those are soo cute! Who wouldn't wear them??

    And congratulations on the new addition to your family! What a little cutie and gift from God. She is certainly blessed to have a great aunt who has prayed so fervently for her.

    Once again I have wanted to call these last couple of days, but knew I just really didn't have time to talk as I know I would like to. I honestly can't wait to chat it up, and I have decided I will call even if it is just to say hi for a few minutes. You are such a delight, Debbie. Your heart for family and the Lord bless me so much!

    I will be in touch!! Have a joyful Sunday, sweetie!
    Love,
    Becky

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  7. Congratulations, Debbie! ...
    What a perfect, precious gift! May Priscilla Jane hold your lovely tribute near to her heart as she grows in the Light of our Lord.

    Hugs,
    Myra

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  8. Little Priscilla is a very blessed baby and so precious. I love that scripture too. It really is amazing that God plans good things for us. It is a shame that people mess up his plans so many times. I have the feeling that this baby will have a lot of help along the way.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  9. Oh my goodness, congrats to your niece, and what a beautiful baby girl!! I love to hear of perfect deliveries, it's just wonderful!

    I had my Mom in the delivery room with Tim and me when I had Madison, it was awesome! I think it's so great that you were invited in to share that unbelievable experience. Giving birth truly amazes me, there is no feeling like it. God is good, He creates such amazing life!

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  10. Oh, Debbie, how precious is this sweet little girl, Priscilla Jane! I DO love that name...it is delightful, just as she is. She has no idea yet that she has a grandmother that adores her as you do, and one that prays for her, and always will. She will have the blessings of a godly family that will teach her in the ways of the Lord...how blessed she is! No matter how many grandchildren you have, each one is just as special as the first one...they are truly God's miracle, and His most treasured gift to us! I also love this scripture...it speaks to us of God's plan for each of, individually, and that every detail is designed by Him from the beginning...we just have to trust Him. He has a plan already for Priscilla Jane...I pray that her family follow the Lord's direction for her life, and she always follows Him, wherever He leads her. I can just see the Lord smiling over her right now...with His strong hand touching her, placing His blessings on her. Your joy comes through to us...we all rejoice with you and Priscilla Jane's parents!

    Blessings to all!

    Mary

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  11. as we say in Jewish...matzol tov - congrats. She's beautiful. Sarah

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  12. Congratulations! Have a very blessed thanksgiving!

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  13. Hi again, my friend! Yes, I knew it was your great niece...I read it and knew it, and STILL said "grandmother"..what am I to do with me??? LOL!! Isn't it wonderful, Debbie, that we can rejoice with each baby, whether our own child's or that or a family member...I am so very thankful for FAMILY. God surely had a marvelous plan for us when He gave us a natural blood line, so that we would understand and comprehend the spiritual blood line that He would give us through Jesus? I love our Lord for all He is and does, and especially with the miracle of a baby...no wonder Jesus came as a baby...I just love it! Thanks for straigtening me out, Deb. I'm sure this won't be the last time I boo-boo!

    Hugs and more hugs,

    Mary

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  14. This Thanksgiving has special meaning with the birth of that precious little baby. How great you got to participate. I know you will be a wonderful Christian example in that childs life. Blessings.

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  15. Beautiful baby and wonderful words. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. Awww.. God's precious little creation.. A blessing from above. She is a cutie and love that dimple lol. Congrats!!!

    Hugz Lorie

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  17. Babies make all things seem possible. Love her name.

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  18. That is a deep dimple; how exciting a new life is!

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  19. She is adorable, God bless her. And I love that verse too.

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  20. I love to visit your beautiful blog. Congratulations on the birth of Priscilla! She is a doll baby!

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  21. What a beautiful baby!! And how wonderful is that promise you shared with us. Thank you!!! Hope your Sunday was great!

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  22. Congrats, such a precious post.

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  23. Hi Debbie,
    Sorry I haven't stopped by in a few days. What a sweetheart you have there. You certainly have a large family...I envy that. It would be so fun to have more babies and kids around. I was lucky enough to be in the delivery room with Bella and Madison. Watching the birth of a baby makes you appreciate one of God's greatest miracles. Enjoy that newest miracle.

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  24. Happy Thanksgiving Debbie...
    I too feel at home when I come here to talk with you. I just thank you for inviting me in each visit, and for sharing your heart with me. I so enjoy your company. I love it when you pop in for a visit.

    I am loving that dimple of the new baby. Isn't she just the most precious thing? I can smell that baby smell just looking at the picture.

    We are going to have a new grandbaby on or around June 17th. It will be a scheduled c-section, so I am not sure of the exact date just yet. It will be grandbaby #8. I can't wait.

    Have a beautiful, blessed Thanksgiving sweetie. Country hugs and love...Sherry

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  25. Debby.........Such a precious post!

    Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving and I just know everyone is gonna enjoy your handmade aprons!

    I'm making aprons next year - thanks for the inspiration!

    Sweet Blessings!
    Jackie

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  26. She is adorable and certainly a great reminder of so many things that each of us have to be thankful for.
    Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving.
    andrea

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  27. Hi...My first time visiting...
    I enjoyed your blog much.....

    You family is absolutely beautiful...


    God Bless,
    Holly

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