Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Sixteen years ago today, I became a mom. It was a wonderful day. My husband and I had been married for 7 years before we had a baby. In fact, my doctor told me my body wasn’t doing what it needed to to have a baby. That made me sad. I wanted to be a wife and mom when I was a little girl. I didn’t dream of a career, travel, or even being a princess. I just wanted a handsome man who loves me, our own little place, and a baby to take care of and love. My mom’s friend, Sandy, was my hero when I was a little girl because she had 5 kids. I LOVED babysitting for her and spending time with those guys. And that’s what I wanted for me some day. God knew that about me and he never forgot. He gave me all that and then some. I’m not saying I trust in the Lord in order to get what I want, but I have found that living a life trusting the Lord hasn’t disappointed me at all.
This is what I want my daughter to know. God doesn’t disappoint us. He remembers everything (even from when we are little girls) and he makes a way for really great things to happen even when “experts” like doctors say otherwise. God is amazing and truly worthy of our trust and our “delight.” And living to please him does not lead to disappointment. My own daughter is the reason I know this, so she can take my word for it from first hand experience!
I’m so glad God filled my heart’s desire 16 years ago today. (And he kept doing it - we had 3 more kids!) I remember drifting off to sleep the night we brought her home. I still had her in my arms; I didn’t want to put her down. I woke up to this sweet little cooing sound. I opened my eyes and these big, giant, blue eyes were looking right at me. And that’s when it hit me. God gave me the desire of my heart! That baby was all mine. She needed me. My mom wasn’t there, no nurses or doctors, just me. I was going to get up and change her and feed her and snuggle her. It was delightful, a pleasure, and better than I ever imagined because this baby belonged to me.
God even went beyond what my heart desires as I have watched this little beauty grow. She is amazing! She is beautiful and sweet, sensitive, faithful and kind, a disciple of Jesus, extremely talented and brilliant, and we love being around her.
When God gave us Abby, he didn’t just fill this mommy’s heart’s desire, he was totally showing off!
I can’t thank you enough for the miracle you gave us and for the blessing Abby is to our family and to my heart. Help her to follow you all the days of her life. Give her wisdom and joy and direct her steps. Let her do well in all she endeavors to do, and let her always delight in you and look forward to you showing off to her like you have for me. I love you and thank you! Amen!